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BBC show fishing for top anglers

The BBC is to screen its first TV angling contest for three decades with bosses taking contestants to far flung waterways such as the Amazon to see who has the hooks factor.

The programme, which is provisionally to be called The Big Fish, will be a six-part series to test the skills of amateur anglers.

The hour-long episodes will see hopefuls travel to a range of countries with different climates as they try to make it to the final without being sent reeling in the knockout stages.

They will have to tackle a range of techniques under the eye of experts, as well as gaining insider knowledge from local people on where to land the best catch.

It is thought to be the first major BBC fishing contest since Jack Charlton's series Hooked in 1983. Actor Robson Green has already shown the popularity of angling on TV with his Extreme Fishing series on Channel 5, but a rival programme could throw him off his perch.

BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw said: "This exciting new format for BBC2 will see anglers from across the country testing their skills in some of the most stunning and challenging environments around the world."

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