Actor, presenter and angler Robson Green, 49, has a string of successful dramas to his name, yet he’s arguably best known for his fishing programmes. Rob Lavender baits his hook and reels in some info about the latest series, which began on Freeview channel Quest earlier this month
ARE THERE ANY DESTINATIONS LEFT TO TICK OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Yes, they’re talking about the Andaman Islands, Easter Island, the Galapagos, maybe the Bahamas, also the Seychelles - there’s some great pelagics there. So the more you look at the globe, the more you realise there’s so many places you can still cast a line.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIES WHICH HAVE THUS FAR ELUDED YOU?
Yes, the swordfish. It’s called Xiphias gladius, the gladiator of the ocean. I saw one surface believe it or not in Okinawa. We were just going to have a snack, so we put a lamp on the ocean and the squid were attracted to it - we were pulling them out, frying them and having them sprinkled with lemon juice which was just delightful - and a swordfish decided to join the party. We tried to throw a line out and get it but we didn’t, so that eluded me. Also, I’ve never caught a haddock, my favourite tasting fish in the world.
DO YOU EVER GET SCARED WHILE FILMING?
Not in this series - they’re really good at health and safety, and sometimes because of the angles of the camera, things look a lot more dangerous than they are. But when you’re fishing a billfish - say a 600lb marlin - and it’s coming at you, that bill can do anything. A lot of people have been impaled or terribly injured. I was caught in a hurricane a few years back off the Brooks Peninsula, on the west coast of Canada. That was very scary. That was the nearest to death I’ve ever been. Even the captain said, ‘I don’t think we’re going to make it’. And when the captain says that - woah. I’m not a religious man, but I did have a few words with the Almighty.
YOU ALSO HAVE A NEW DRAMA COMING SOON. TELL US ABOUT GRANTCHESTER
It’s based on the novels by James Runcie, and adapted by the wonderful Daisy Coulam, who I’m actually meeting in about 10 minutes’ time to talk about a possible second series. It revolves around a very charismatic inquisitive member of the clergy played by James Norton and a no-nonsense detective called Geordie Keating, played by yours truly.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I’m just about to start a new series of Tales From Northumberland, where I will be going under the ocean 30 metres to view an ancient wreck from World War Two. It’s going to be another great episode. Then I go straight on to Strike Back and finish that off in Budapest.
lRobson Green: Extreme Fisherman is on Quest 9pm from August 4.