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Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 — air date, what happens, locations, guests, trailer, episode guide and all about the 2022 series

Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 arrives on BBC2 in 2022 for more rod and river fun with Paul and Bob.
Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 arrives on BBC2 in 2022 for more rod and river fun with Paul and Bob. (Image credit: BBC)

In Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 on BBC2, you'll spend more lazy hours with keen anglers and good pals Bob Mortimer, 63, and Paul Whitehouse, 64, as the comedy stars sit by riverbanks hoping for a catch while treating us to their chats about life and comedic careers.

"We visit new places – the River Exe in Devon, the River Mole in Surrey, and Corrib in Ireland, that’s the furthest we’ve ever been," says Paul. "And everywhere we go, we seem to be greeted with beautiful weather."

Bob adds: "This series is actually a little bit more joyous and funnier than some of the earlier episodes and there’s much more of Ted [the Patterdale terrier belonging to the show's executive producer, Lisa Clark]."

Also making a return appearance is singer-turned-environmental activist Feargal Sharkey. "He comes on to tell us about the state of the rivers and the sewage and everything which has suddenly become quite pertinent," explains Bob. 

Both Bob and Paul have suffered from heart problems in the past and their health is a regular topic of discussion in this fifth series. 

"We have some heart healthy stuff every week," says Bob. "And we have Dr Anand Patel down again to give us a talk about obesity and the problems that can cause for your heart." 

So here's everything you need to know about Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing series 5 on BBC2...

Hook, line and sinker! There's a lot of waiting around for a catch in series 5.

Hook, line and sinker! There's a lot of waiting around for a catch in series 5. (Image credit: BBC)

Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 release date

Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 is a six-part series that begins on BBC2 on Friday September 9 at 9pm. After their BBC Two transmission episodes will also become available on BBCiPlayer. We'll update here with any international or US release date. 

* You can currently watch all previous series of Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing on BBCiPlayer plus their Christmas specials. Here's a reminder of what happened during Season 4 in 2021.

Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 — what happens and episode guide

Here's our episode guide for Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing series 5 which we'll be updating frequently so make sure you check back for more...

Episode 1: Friday September 9
This fifth series see the pair head for the River Exe in Devon for their first adventure, and when Paul arrives at their countryside accommodation Bob has organised for this trip, he discovers Bob has already settled in nicely — in the hot tub!
On their first fishing outing they're looking for Grilse, also known as the ‘summer silver’, a young salmon that returns to the river after spending the winter at sea. Slim pickings on the angling front, however, is a theme of series 5.  After a morning of mixed success, Bob finds a shady corner to prepare a vegan lunch for them both, using a special blend of car meat.
With no luck on the fishing front on the River Exe, the next day the pair travels to Bossington Beach on the Bristol channel to try their hand at shore fishing for the first time and Bob catches an eel! "We don’t catch many fish but those that we catch are spectacular!’ reveals and excited Bob. 

Episode 2: Friday September 16
Bob and Paul head to the River Dee in North Wales in the hope of catching a grayling, a fish Paul has never caught before. In idyllic surroundings the conversation turns to the fact that they are both getting on a bit and no longer enjoy doing the things that young people do. Although as they talk about feeling old they are also pretending to be vampires with nuts as fangs and Bob even downs a lemonade in one, just to check he doesn’t want to be a whippersnapper again, so they are not exactly aging gracefully! Bob also races dog Ted, thinking it will be an easy victory, but there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet.

Episodes 3: Friday September 23
Paul and Bob take a sleeper train to the Scottish Highlands and wake in the stunning vista of the North West Scotland, where the pine forests and snow topped mountains almost take their breath away. They'r on a quest to fish for Ferox Trout, which is a tall order for any angler, but they are in the right place, the River Garry, where a local guide will help them. Setting off in a boat, the pair fish long and hard and reflect about how the surroundings look vaguely Canadian in their grandeur, inspiring a song on the spot. 
Taking a break on some rocks, they chat about friendship and what it means to each other, before deciding what sort of clown they would have been. They decide that Crackerbarrel and PoPo would be their alter egos!
After a hard day’s fishing they set off to find their accommodation, which has even more spectacular views, this time over Loch Ness, which continues as far as the eye can see.  After a tot of whiskey for bravery they go out in the evening light. Paul wants to fish but Bob wants to scan the vast 50 miles of water for the infamous Loch Ness Monster. They imagine what they may do if they find the evidence to prove he or she exists. Are they successful? 
The following morning, Bob tries to serenade Paul with a set of bagpipes, as he pipes in Paul’s much needed morning coffee. Bob decides to visit the Loch Ness monster hunter who lives on the shores of the loch while Paul sets off to fish once again. Bob meets Steve Feltham who has been keeping a watchful eye over the famous loch since 1991. He has dedicated over half his life to search for the truth about the legendary monster. He has now spent over 11,000 days watching out for Nessie and has vowed to stay there until he solves the mystery. Bob finds out where Steve’s motivation comes from and questions his eye sight! Has Steve got the right idea, about following his childhood dreams rather than chasing a conventional lifestyle which could prove just as fruitless in the final analysis. 

Episodes 4 to 6
We'll be updating here soon so please do check in for more.

Waiting for fish on the River Exe in episode one.

Waiting for fish on the River Exe in episode one. (Image credit: BBC)

is there a trailer for Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5?

Yes there's a trailer for Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing season 5 which was recently released on the Twitter account for the show. Do take a look below..

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