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The story of three friends who just have to go fishing – Chris Yates, Bob James and the one-man camera team of Hugh Miles, one of the best wildlife cameramen in the business.We kick off with a 4am start, much to the horror or Chris Yates, who was hoping that ‘we’ll meet at four ‘o’ clock’ meant four in the afternoon!
Beautifully narrated by Bernard Cribbins, Childhood Dreams is an exploration of how anglers never really grow up, nor want to; of how angling will always be an escape from modern ‘reality’, yet will always be one of the finest ways to connect with nature.Above all, angling is a chance for adults to return to the childhood days of triumph and disaster, where the only thing that matters is the thing that happens next.“It takes you to another world – a more beautiful, peaceful place; a world of nature, or sun-rippled rivers, and mist-shrouded pools.
The programme itself sees our anglers begin at Frensham Pond, but things are soon interrupted by a corkscrew and fine wine as lunch takes precedence over the big rudd and roach gracing their float rods.
Bob, of course, prefers more modern tactics, a stark contrast to Chris’s traditional approach.Later in the day the Hampshire Avon becomes the battleground for a game of ‘barbel for beer’, with Chris seemingly taking an early lead.Chris then finds himself raking a swim for tench and floatfishing bread from a punt on a classic English estate lake, while Bob, boilies and bite alarms at the ready, finds tench to nearly 8lb literally in amongst the bemused summer swimmers back at Frensham Pond.Things run their course back on the sumptuous Hampshire Avon, as we experience the magic of creeping up on and watching the shadowy shapes of spooky Barbel and Chub, as Chris helps a young lad catch his first specimen.
As always, Hugh Miles camera work is an inspiration.