The Casting Couch, angling’s exciting new TV chat show, is on the brink of being commissioned by the digital subscription channel, Setanta Sports.
Celebrity angler and former Olympian Dean Macey is to present the programme, which will embark on a weekly tour of the country to broadcast straight from the nation’s biggest tackle shops in an informal ‘Soccer AM’ style format.
It’s encouraging news for armchair anglers after a turbulent 12 months which has seen the Discovery channel stop making fishing programmes, and terrestrial TV channels snub Martin Bowler and Hugh Miles’ highly-acclaimed Catching The Impossible series. The only angling programme to make it on to TV has been the controversial Extreme Fishing with Robson Green on Channel Five.
After a series of high-level talks with bosses at Setanta Sports this week, The Casting Couch producer Ashley Sims has earmarked June 16 for its on-screen debut, and a trailer for the show has just been posted on the internet. It is set to include features such as underwater fish footage, car park casting competitions, comedy angling sketches, fishing news and new technology sections.
If broadcast, Setanta Sports will have the primary TV rights for The Casting Couch, but Ashley has also been in contact with channels such as Dave and ITV4 over broadcasting repeats.
“We’re talking about a 13 or 26-programme series, depending on the content and I’m very open to features or guest ideas. Anglers will be able to come along to watch the filming – I’m looking for audiences and will announce details of the show’s tour,” he revealed.
Jim McMunn, head of programming for Setanta Sports in Great Britain, said that he thought there was a definite gap in the market for The Casting Couch.
“Most current fishing programmes are very instructional and based on the bank, but this is something entertaining for a more general audience, including non-anglers. The Casting Couch is something we’d love to run, it’s now a case of waiting for the final product,” he said.