"The Compleat Angler", as the title implies, is a miniseries inspired by the work by Izaak Walton. In this series, veteran actor Geoffrey Palmer teams up with angler Ray Borras to fish in areas that Walton would have fished in, trying out baits and fishing methods as recommended by Walton in his book.
The series stands out from other fishing shows not just because of the Izaak Walton connection but because of its celebration of the British countryside. There are numerous scenes that focus on the development of angling as a sport, the lives of various fishing personalities contemporary and near-contemporary with Walton, and the changing face of the local ecology. In doing all of this, "The Compleat Angler" makes no attempt to talk down to the viewer, and manages to both educate and entertain very well.
Though I do not watch many fishing shows, "The Compleat Angler" is one I very happily recommend to all.