Bob Mortimer admits he’s gorged on so much food and booze in lockdown that he could have shortened his life.

The comic had a triple heart bypass in 2015 after finding that 95% of his arteries were blocked.

Bob, 61, said: “While I have been in lockdown I’ve done no exercise, I’ve eaten so much and drunk so much booze.

“Lockdown has probably taken two years off of my life.”

And his festive plans don’t sound much better, as he said: “It’ll be a normal Christmas – which is boozing, then eating, then boozing, then eating.”

His TV sidekick Paul Whitehouse says, despite Mortimer’s lapse, making the series means they now take their roles seriously as champions of health for men-of-a-certain-age.

Bob Mortimer fears the coronavirus pandemic will cut his life short by two years

“It’s made us be a bit more socially responsible and a bit more aware of the people watching, rather than just a couple of idiots mucking about on a riverbank.

"I think we almost have to do something about men’s health.”

Whitehouse, who also suffers from heart disease, are making a festive special in which they try to recapture their childhood excitement for the season.

“It’s me trying to show Paul what Christmas is, and to celebrate it,” Mortimer says.

Bob Mortimer and his TV sidekick Paul Whitehouse

In the hit series the pair fish together while discussing all aspects of life and eating heart-healthy food.

Mortimer said it had been important in encouraging men to open up about their problems, telling Radio Times: “I’ve never spoken about these things to another person, female or male, to be honest. I’ve never found anyone who’s willing to listen.”

Whitehouse, 62, quipped: “I’m not really listening, Bob. I’m fishing.”

The pair went in a Covid bubble together with the production team to film the Christmas special.

The pair both suffer from heart disease

Whitehouse revealed he’d already had the virus earlier this year when he was appearing in the West End in Only Fools and Horses.

“I was lucky. I wasn’t too badly affected, but it is such a strange disease,” he said. “Some people get away with it, and with other people it will find a weakness in them.”

Mortimer said he had relaxed by watching the BBC2 show.

“I have to admit I watch it quite a lot, and I never watch my own shows. It’s very reassuring in a way. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s a very Covid-friendly show.”

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