Each short episode of this charming series about a bumbling small-town metal-detecting club is a perfectly calibrated good mood.Adam Fleet, The Guardian, 27th January 2021
Whether this will be a series is another matter though.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 9th September 2017
Sky has attracted some big talent for its latest series of shorts and none bigger than serial genius Sharon Horgan, who sadly doesn't appear in Morgana Robinson's Summer but has written this pocket-sized seaside comedy drama. Imagine Benidorm set in Thanet with a Mike Leigh sub-plot.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 29th June 2017
"Ringpull... '83... Tizer." It's another disappointing discovery for metal detectorists Andy and Lance. And yet this new six-parter proves that a sitcom needn't be about Big Issues to work its magic.
When they're not buzzing around ploughed fields, or listening to lectures on buttons, this Poundland Time Team is optimistically plotting the future unearthing of a Saxon hoard. They're like a more likeable version of The Fast Show's nerdy Offroaders. Andy (Mackenzie Crook, who also writes and directs) is a cleaner in a long-term relationship with tolerant Becky (Rachael Stirling); his friend Lance (Toby Jones) is a forklifter taken advantage of by his ex, Mags (Lucy Benjamin).
Into their provincial world wanders history student Sophie - destined, you feel, to shake things up a bit. She's played by Aimée-Ffion Edwards, unrecognisable from her turn in Sky1's Walking and Talking.
Detectorists is low-key and rambling, but warm, richly observed and gorgeously filmed. Already it feels like a glittering comedy find.Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 2nd October 2014