Greatest show ever made


I've heard it said that Catching the Impossible is set to become the greatest angling show ever made, and although it's too early to substantiate claims as sweeping as that, there's little doubt that if the first three programmes are anything to go by, it may well live up to the hyperbole.
Ultimately, the series will include nine one-hour films that build to tell the story of Martin Bowler's attempts to catch the UK's biggest freshwater fish and these are the initial three (the others are pencilled in for release at different stages next year).
The first is entitled Searching for Gold and follows Martin as he goes in pursuit of huge barbel, while the second, Magic Circles, highlights the universal appeal of the sport. The third, which is my favourite of the three, is entitled Summer Idyll and introduces Chris Yates, as he and Martin go in search of crucian carp.
But despite the incredible guest list and huge specimens (Martin is not only joined on his adventures by Chris Yates, the likes of John Wilson, Des Taylor, Bob Church and Terry Lampard also feature), it is the fish in their natural environment that are the real stars of this show. If I described the underwater footage that provides the cornerstone of the films as breathtaking, I would be still doing it a disservice because it's far, far better than that.
Comparisons between Hugh Miles' other masterpiece, A Passion for Angling are inevitable. Is this better? Maybe, only time will tell. But one thing is certain ¬ Catching the Impossible is the finest angling film to be shot in more than 15 years and anyone with even a passing interest in fish will find it enthralling.
*The first three DVDs cost £29.50 (including postage and packing) and can be ordered by ringing 0845 4082606 or by visiting