When it comes to the mysteries of the deep, intrepid TV presenter, Jeremy Wade, has had his fair share of river adventures.
Meeting man-sized piranhas, fish that electrocute and nine-foot river sharks has been all in a day’s work for Jeremy, whose latest series of River Monsters is currently showing on ITV.
But the daredevil fishing expert will be returning to dry land from next month when he starts his River Monsters Face-To-Face tour, which stops off at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre on March 20 at 7.30pm.
The tour will be a chance for audiences to find out more about Jeremy’s river adventures through anecdotes, video footage and on-stage demonstrations.
Jeremy said: “I will have clips from the programmes and clips that won’t have been seen in the programmes. It is interesting what people can get from seeing a live show that they won’t get from TV.
“I will be talking a bit about my own background and how I ended up doing this. Also I will be talking about how we go away for three weeks and come back with one and a half hours of TV. There will also be plenty of time for a question and answer session.
“We do have a very diverse audience, people who are very keen on fishing and people who just like nature.
“There are lots of children who watch too so I’m seeing the live shows as a family thing. What I like to do is try to keep everyone happy without getting into too much detail.”
He continued: “I’m interested in animals and nature. The way I see the programme is I don’t see it as a fishing programme. Fishing is a means to an end, it is how we get to see what lives in water. The sea is different, people are familiar with what is around.”
Jeremy’s latest TV series has taken him to the nuclear wastelands of Chernobyl, in Russia, and on a quest for possibly the most famous freshwater monster of all, Nessie of Loch Ness.
Findings at Chernobyl even surprised Jeremy. He said: “One of the things about fishing in the 21st century is that a lot of fish have disappeared from a lot of areas because of human activity. What is ironic about Chernobyl is there are an unbelievable number of fish there because people have left them alone. There were fish there more than 30 years old.”
Speaking about his search for the Loch Ness monster, he said: “The Nessie story is known by so many people; we wanted to know, could there possibly have been a real creature? We bring up something huge and dramatic to the surface, but by that time our search has widened from Scotland to Iceland and Norway. We end up looking at Viking stories of sea monsters.”
He added: ““We are in the 21st century and we have the technology to see the surface of Mars and we know what is in the deepest part of the ocean, but there isn’t the technology to see through muddy water. So in fresh water rivers and lakes, we still don’t really know what is there. The only way is to see what we can pull out. I have been surprised so many times by what I have found and I believe there are still surprises down there.”