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stevelk

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Catching the Impossible heads for TV - and about time!

By Steve Partner

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07 May 2010 16:30

Its not always easy to be objective about something youve been close to from idea right through to completion. You can, in fact, over-compensate in your attempts to appear impartial, finding fault where none exists, tempering enthusiasm in a bid to remain unbiased. I know, because in the case of Catching the Impossible Ive done it.

Now, though, the guard can come down. It might not be good journalistic practice for me, a friend of both Martin Bowler and Hugh Miles and editor of the book that accompanied the series, to comment on the show, because Im hardly likely to be even-handed. But to hell with it. Ive sat on the fence too long. Its high time I said what I really think.

Frankly, the news that, at last, it is to find a home on terrestrial television is - and I feel no need to qualify this at all - the best thing to happen to the sport in years. I really do think its that significant.

Fishing is about to enjoy the kind of widespread publicity that money alone cannot buy, and all of angling - from the tackle industry through to the fisheries and the rest of us in between - will be winners. Catchings glow will be strong enough to warm all of the sports many hands.

Reaching this point has been one hell of a journey. Quite apart from the challenge of fulfilling the title and catching the impossibles, the filming and editing took four years. And since completion there has come the rollercoaster ride of dealing with programme commissioners at the TV stations. The satellite channels couldnt wait to get their hands on it unsurprising, given the low production values of most of the angling shows currently filling up air-time but terrestrial television needed more convincing.

First they wanted it, then they didnt, then they did again. They really have been that fickle.

That the green light was finally given is a huge endorsement of Hugh Miles skills as a film-maker. In many ways, hes beaten the system. After his other classic - A Passion for Angling - aired on BBC2 in 1993, terrestrial television became a barren wasteland for fishing-related programmes.

The advent of satellite may have given it a new home, but it was one that only a few could access. There would be the occasional crumb, but such has been the medias obsession with celebrity that sacrifices were made to produce shows that barely resembled anything we were used to. They have been angling shows in name only.

Hugh, though, has remained loyal to the formula that made Passion such a success. Fishing, in all its glory, is the cornerstone, even if it is blended with the beauty of the UK countryside and this time some truly breath-taking underwater footage. There are no gimmicks. There are no C-list celebrities. There is no swearing, over-acting or blood and guts. Its just angling. Beautifully shot, but just angling nonetheless.

Look, there are elements in the shows that I dont think are perfect. But there are also moments that are pure, 100 per cent magic. Moments that anglers will talk about in exactly the same way they still talk about Bob James roach catch from the Avon, or Chris Yates scarecrow at Redmire.

Make no mistake. Among the many impossible sized fish they managed to catch for the cameras, the biggest of them all was getting the finished show on terrestrial television.

You have my sincerest - and unashamed - congratulations.

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nobby478

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It starts Sunday 13th June, Channel 4 at 7am !!!!! about the time you go to bed Mecca !

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granjuiceymoose

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Spot on Stevelk, im a huge fan of Passion and could watch it over and over so im looking forward to this. If it is half as good it will be the best fishing program on tele since passion by a country mile.
 

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The annoying thing is that they are cutting 10 minutes from each episode for adverts and are not showing the final episode at all.
 

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Originally posted by supersuperleeds

The annoying thing is that they are cutting 10 minutes from each episode for adverts and are not showing the final episode at all.

all will be available online [;)] at no cost btw


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Awesome, another fishing program to annoy the wife with. She will be pleased (not).......
 
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