These behind-the-scenes images are from of one of the most successful angling TV shows ever, soon to hit our screens for a new season. The third series of The Big Fish Off will be starting across the UK this Thursday with co-presenters AliHamidi, Dean Macey. Their team have given us a sneak preview of the five episodes.
Millions of anglers and non-anglers are expected tune in to get their fill of action, laughs and banter from a host of celebrities from the world of sport and reality TV. They include snooker legend Jimmy White, boxer Ricky Hatton and darts player Bobby George, who will join the boys in the most varied and exciting fishing challenges yet.
The first episode will air at 8pm on ITV4 on Thursday, March 16 and sees boxing superstars Ricky Hatton and Johnny Nelson at a lake in the Cotswolds. Expect cheating, tantrums and wind-ups as they go for tench, carp and silver fish.
“We are all extremelyexcited because this series will deliver so much to those people who have fallen in love with the show already, as well as attract a load of new fans,” said Ali.
“It’s the celebrities that make this show what it is. They give every episode a different dynamic. As in series one and two, all the guests are awesome.
“There are too many great moments to list. The first show sets the scene for the rest as Johnny Nelson and Ricky Hatton are so good in front of the camera and are really, really funny... plus they catch some really cracking fish. This goes for all the other episodes. It really is family entertainment and will make people want to go fishing.”
The remaining one-hour shows will see Jimmy ‘the Whirlwind’ White and Bobby ‘The Dazzler’ George bag-up on carp, while Superbike king Carl Fogarty and boxer Kell Brook get locked in an-ultra competitive battle which includes some incredible smoothhound action in Skegness.
Reality TV stars and fishing virgins Casey Batchelor and Jessica Hayes join the boys in Newquay, Cornwall and get involved in plenty of banter, fish kissing, catfish, bream and carp.
The grand finale is set in the Amazon jungle with footballer Bobby Zamora and boxer Paul Smith Jnr, where there are specimen fish, injuries and challenges that test the team like never before in the history of this record-breaking series.
“This is my favourite series of shows so far,” said Dean. “It really is a dream come true to be involved. Ali and I play our part, but there are so many people behind the scenes that work way harder than we do to bring you this awesome show.
“Every celebrity brings something different to the table and just proves how absorbing, rewarding and fun fishing can be. “Each show is knockout and will have you laughing out loud and glued to the screen.”
The Big Fish Off episode rundown!
Episode 1 – Ricky Hatton v Johnny Nelson, 8pm Thursday, March 16, ITV4
Team captains Ali Hamidi and Dean Macey are joined in the Cotswolds by boxing legends Ricky Hatton and Johnny Nelson. Plenty of wind-ups as the lads go for tench, carp and silver fish.
Episode 2 – Jimmy White v Bobby George, 8pm Thursday, March 23, ITV4
Snooker god Jimmy White and darts legend Bobby George have some banter-fuelled fishing fun in Oxfordshire. The teams catch ghost carp, crucians and goldfish
Episode 3 – Carl Fogarty v Kell Brook, 8pm Thursday, March 30, ITV4
High-octane fishing in Skegness with world Superbike king Carl Fogarty and world champion boxer Kell Brook, who catch orfe, carp and smoothhounds.
Episode 4 – Casey Batchelor v Jessica Hayes, 8pm Thursday, April 6, ITV4
Ali and Dean are joined in Newquay by fishing virgins and reality stars Casey Batchelor and Jessica Hayes. There’s fish kissing and giggles aplenty as the teams go for catfish, carp and bream.
Episode 5 – Bobby Zamora v Paul Smith Jnr (Amazon Special) 8 pm Thursday, April 13, ITV4
The series finale sees the team head to the Amazon with footballer Bobby Zamora and boxer Paul Smith Jnr. There’s drama, injury and battles with gigantic fish as the teams go all out for piranha, peacock bass and piraiba catfish.