Ali Hamidi to Front New ITV Carp Odyssey

Hot on the heels of The Big Fish Off, another Korda-backed show is set to hit ITV4! Next month sees the long-awaited debut of globetrotting epic, Monster Carp, which pitches our own Ali Hamidi and friends in a crazy, and sometime downright dangerous round-the-world search for the biggest carp that swim!

The menacing Lake Balaton does not give up its prizes easily!

Ali battles a Japanese carp... but is it a monster?!

The four-show series kicks off on Tuesday 5th July on ITV4 as Ali, Tom Dove and Darrell Peck head to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Subsequent shows visit Hungary, Italy and Austria as the team enjoys a crazy road trip in search of their enigmatic quarry!

Here’s a full rundown of the four shows for you!

Episode 1 – Japan
Tues 5th July, 8pm – ITV4
Heading to The Land of the Rising Sun for the ultimate angling adventure, Ali is joined by Tom Dove and Darrell Peck in a quest to discover Japan's legendary carp. The country is known for its colourful koi, but can the team tempt one of the land’s unknown monster king carp in the shadow of Mount Fuji? With laughs aplenty on route, this is one unforgettable story.

Episode 2 – Hungary
Tues 12th July, 8pm – ITV4
In an action-packed angling adventure in Central Europe, Ali Hamidi is joined by Neil Spooner and Tom Dove as they tackle the mighty Lake Balaton, one of Europe’s largest lakes, in search of the giant resident carp. The team face testing conditions from boat and bank on the windswept 50-mile-long water as they home in on their quarry, taking time to sample some of the famous Hungarian cuisine and culture between the action.

Episode 3 – Italy
Tues 19th July, 8pm – ITV4
In a rollercoaster journey across breathtaking Italian lakes and rivers, Ali Hamidi is joined by Tom Dove and Danny Fairbrass as they say “Ciao” to the mighty monster carp of Italy. The journey takes them from the beauty of Venice right into the heart of darkness as they tackle demanding and, at times, dangerous conditions in search of their quarry on the incredible River Po - home to 60lb carp and world-record-sized catfish.

Episode 4 - Austria
Tues 26th July, 8pm – ITV4
Fishing incredible lakes amongst the Austrian Alps, Ali Hamidi is joined by Danny Fairbrass and Darrell Peck! They go in search of a well-known 50lb carp and a mysterious wild specimen. Will they catch the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the fish world?

So there you go, a new series aimed at you, the carp fanatic! Get it in the diary, fire up series record; do whatever you have to so you don’t miss out!