In their search for a missing writer and presenter who was a friend of famous chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, police have discovered a body. The TV chef and author Nick Fisher, whose books include Sea Fishing – River Cottage Handbook, were last seen in Hooke, west Dorset, on Tuesday.
The 63-year-old author and screenwriter were seen in Hooke, Dorset, late Tuesday afternoon. His TV credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Hustle, and The Giblet Boys, for which he received a Bafta in 2006.
Although an official identification has not yet been done, police believe that Mr. Fisher’s body was discovered in Dorchester on Thursday morning.
The coroner has been informed, and the death is not being investigated as suspicious. Additionally, Mr. Fisher’s family has been informed.
Dorset Police said in a statement:
‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Nick at this extremely difficult time.
‘We would like to thank everyone who assisted with the searches, as well as the public for their help in providing information.’
With his brown and white springer spaniel dog by his side, Mr. Fisher, 63, had driven off in a silver Nissan Navara truck with the license plate YE71 DFA. At around 5 o’clock, he was reportedly seen purchasing tea at a hotel close to Dorchester.
Tributes to Mr. Nick Fisher:
Mr. Fearnley-Whittingstall, a famous chef, has previously made a plea for assistance in locating his “most dearest friend.”
He later tweeted: ‘I am so very sad to say that our dearest friend Nick Fisher has passed away.
‘He was always full of insight and compassion, which is what made him such a great writer and broadcaster, as well as a brilliant friend.
‘His lovely family and his many friends are missing him terribly. Nick was the best person to spend time with, especially on a boat.
‘We talked about fishing endlessly, but we also talked about life, a subject on which Nick was an expert because he had lived so much of it.
‘I can’t believe it’s over, but many wonderful memories live on.’
On the Channel 4 shows River Cottage Gone Fishing and Escape to River Cottage, Mr. Fisher shared a screen with Mr. Fearnley-Whittingstall.
In addition, he wrote nonfiction books about masculinity and fishing as well as crime fiction.
After Mr. Fearnley-Whittingstall broke the terrible news, Mr. Fisher’s admirers and former coworkers showered him with tributes.
One user wrote online:
‘So sorry to read this Hugh, I spent the day with him on one of your River Cottage fishing days, he was super knowledgeable, a genuinely nice guy, and super compassionate with my seasickness!
‘My condolences to you and his family.’
Another mourner added:
‘That is so very sad. He worked with us years ago at Sony TV. He was a brilliant and funny man as well as a lovely human being.’
A former colleague said:
‘So sorry to hear this sad news, Hugh. Many years ago I edited some daytime TV with Nick featuring ‘Clarissa’, the famous record-breaking carp. His engaging style made it interesting and fun.’
Another said online: ‘Gutted to hear this. A lovely guy and a fantastic angler. May he rest in peace.’
Nick Fisher’s career and achievements.
British TV scriptwriter, journalist, and angler Nick Fisher passed away in 2022. He was nominated for and received a BAFTA award in 2006 for his work on The Giblet Boys, which was selected as the Best Drama in the BAFTA Children’s Awards.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fisher appeared on television together to promote Fisher’s interest in fishing.
For The River Cottage Fish Book, he and Fearnley-Whittingstall shared the 2007 André Simon Memorial Book Award.
Additionally, he shared a screen on River Cottage: Gone Fishing with Fearnley-Whittingstall.