“I was that pleased that I nearly self-combusted when I saw it!” These were the words of top carp angler Ian ‘Chilly’ Chillcott after he got a sneak peek at the first episode of BT Sport’s eagerly anticipated The Fishing TV Show.
The new programme is set to broadcast in three eight-part series, the first of which kicks off on Thursday, September 25 at 7pm on BT Sport 2, and will cover all disciplines of angling at rivers, lakes, canals and coastlines across the UK.
As exclusively revealed by Angling Times in July, the shows have been produced for BT Sport by Fishing TV, who already produce and broadcast their own programmes via their website, and are hosted by Chilly and top fly fisherman, Rae Borras.
The duo will not only be sharing their infectious passion for fishing along with their top tips and tactics, but will be joined by a long list of big names such as Des Taylor, former Drennan Cup champion Julian Chidgey, Jerry Hammond and Adam Penning.
The first episode will feature Chilly and Rae carp fishing at the historic Hollybush Lake in Hampshire, tips on using pellets from Duncan Charman, Bob James fishing the River Wye for chub and barbel, Rae targeting salmon in the River Deveron and Dave Barham goes out with the British Conger Club.
Chilly believes the show will be a huge hit because it isn’t solely aimed at giving advice to anglers but is a celebration of fishing that will even appeal to non-anglers.
“Every episode oozes all of the positive aspects and experiences that you get while out on the bank,” he told Angling Times. “I have to keep pinching myself to make sure that I’m not dreaming because to be a part of such an amazing series that covers every aspect of this great sport is beyond my wildest dreams.
Richard Lisney, sales and marketing director of Fishing TV said: “We are delighted that BT Sport have taken the decision to include angling as part of their offering on BT Sport - more mainstream airtime can only be good for fishing as a sport.”
For more information visit: www.fishingtv.com
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