|it's a big book!|
The 20th Anniversary of the first showing of ‘A Passion for Angling’ on BBC 2 needs celebrating, so we thought it a good idea to give away copies of our splendid book of the TV series that followed it.
|links with a happy past|
‘Catching the Impossible’, like ‘Passion’ took more than four years to create and the book of the series is simply a lovely celebration of the events that made the films such a success.
|Bernard with his 22/9 pike - it's grown to over 35lbs now!|
Martin Bowler and Bernard Cribbins did the angling and banter and the stars were the ‘impossible’ sized fish that they managed to catch.
|Chris joined us in our big perch hunt|
Anybody who wants to buy the DVD of ‘Passion’ or “Caught in Time” only needs to send us an extra £4 to cover postage and we’ll send the book to you free of charge. If you already have a copy of PFA and still want to buy the book, then just send £12 [that includes postage] payable to Wild Wise Ltd. and we’ll pop it in the post. All details can be found on our website – www.passionforangling.info
To try to convince you that this is a win, win offer, I’ll unashamedly sing the praises of what I believe is one of the best illustrated books ever produced on angling.
|the main players - Bernard, Martin, Hugh and Rodger|
It’s a big book, with 370 pages of fishy stories about our adventures around Britain, over 400 photographs of giant fish, gorgeous wildlife and water, film clips from the actual films, lots of paintings by acclaimed artist Rodger McPhail and all beautifully produced by MPress. If all else fails, it makes a good doorstop!
|a few of the images lifted from the films|
So below I’ve taken happy snaps from the book to give you an idea about the catches, our photographs and Rodger’s illustrations. Yes, I know it’s a sales pitch but you’ll be grateful, for when you see the book you’ll love it. We certainly do.
|John Wilson kindly wrote the forward for us and fished with us too|
|doing the day job - the roach totem identifies my sections of text|
|Martin's totem identifying his text is a perch|
|Martin's press release on his record barbel|
|first adventure, first chapter, first success|
|first days filming and a 15/7 barbel - brilliant|
|film strip of the battle to land the monster|
Bernard was not only our ace story teller on the films but also Martin’s companion in the field … and he wasn’t just making up the numbers. He is a more than competent angler and if we wanted him to catch something, he never let us down. In fact, if he hadn’t been so busy filming Dr. Who with the BBC, we’d have had him along as often as possible.
|Bernard hauling summer tench|
|Bernard's lovely common - stalked too|
|Bernard even caught us a salmon from the Royalty|
|Bernard's fly caught carp from John's lake|
|my first fishing film - Dennis Pye's 26 pounder from Hickling Broad|
One of our ‘impossible’ targets was a 30lb pike … yes I know, nothing is impossible, it was just a story telling device … but it sure is difficult to catch one to order.
|John caught us a 27/8 from Oulton Broad - getting closer|
|Bernard joined us on Chew Valley but we got blown off|
|cracked it - Martin's 32/6 from Bowood Lake - what a fish|
We were blessed with help and kindness from many friends. They gave us generous support, came and joined us in our quest and even caught us the monsters we wanted.
|Bob Church - what a star|
|lovely folk at Linear - Martin, Roy Parsons, Peter Drennan, John Everard|
|a sport for all - Jackie's lovely common + Mr. Yates|
|social in the VW bought as a filming base for PFA in 1989|
|Chris beating Martin in a crucian fishing match|
|Martin had to buy the drinks that night|
|Ex World Champion Wendy ran him close on the Thames|
|there's a bit of 'technical how to' stuff too but not much|
|Pete Reading caught us a cracking 12/10 Avon barbel|
|he nearly caught us our 3lb grayling too - just 4ozs short|
|Martin attempting to reach the target|
|carp guru Frank Warwick with Martin's lovely linear from Linear|
|Des Taylor and England medal winner Lisa Isles with a cracking brownie|
|lost his beard but not his touch - great company too|
|a laugh a minute and a near 40lb catfish|
|the late Terry Lampard with our target chub - 7/4 from the Stour|
|impossible becomes incredible - 3lb5oz river roach - he is sorely missed|
|Tim and Terry - always smiling|
Wildlife is a vital part of my life, so I had to take time out from filming occasionally to make 'proper' films and earn the income that allowed us to make the series - 'Pussy Galore' comes to mind.
|tigers in India were a distraction|
|a far cry from sunny Dorset - searching up in the Himalayas|
|pumas in Patagonia - snow leopard tracks in thin air|
|a walk on the wild side - snow leopard patrolling17,000ft up|
The wild critters surrounding us add so much to our enjoyment as anglers, so those are an essential part of the book too.
|a visit to Scotland allowed us to enjoy close views of ospreys and red squirrels|
|strike action! - they caught more than us too|
|Speyside specials all around us|
|otters swam past us too but aren't such a problem up north|
|we went perch fishing in Wales, watched over by red kites|
|Rodger's illustrations always hit the spot|
|a national river record at the time - an enormous 5/4 perch from the Gt.Ouse|
|10+lb tench from the garden of England - Kent|
|beauty and the beast - a brace of gorgeous rudd - best 2/11|
|the beast - just 2ozs short of our 5lb target - and short of a lot of sleep too!|
|the story of Martin's 54/4 Shropshire carp, caught stalking too|
Apart form stories of the ones that got away, we included a brief summary of the business of completing the films as some folk find the post-production process interesting.
|David Poore composing the music for the series|
|Bernard recording the narration and picture grading|
|recording music and dubbing the 60 sound tracks together|
|every anglers favourite bird|
|some of my favourite u/water images from the films|
Perhaps surprisingly, in spite of all the hard work and pressure we were under to catch exceptionally large fish and deliver nine one hour films to Ch 4, Martin and I finished the series as good friends and I consider myself privileged to still count him as a close friend even now. He is as good a bloke as you could wish to meet and when it comes to work, the ultimate professional.
|lovely images of beautiful countryside|
We do hope you've enjoyed this peak at a few of the books contents. We are proud of the outcome and pleased with how the text, photographs, art, illustrations and film strips integrate with each other to help tell the story of our adventures. If you do get a copy, we hope you will agree that it was a good decision.
|siskins feeding on alder beside us on the river|
To purchase copies of the DVD's of the films, please visit our website for details - there are short clips from each film you can view there too.