Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Lance Stater (Toby Jones), Andy Stone (Mackenzie Crook). Copyright: BBC


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Four / BBC Two
  • 2014 - 2022
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom about metal detecting enthusiasts. Stars Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones. Also features Rachael Stirling, Gerard Horan, Pearce Quigley, Divian Ladwa, Laura Checkley and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Andy Stone (Mackenzie Crook), Lance Stater (Toby Jones)
Following a chance encounter with a young history student, Lance and Andy embark on a journey towards the discovery of a lifetime. All they need to do is get permission from the local landowner, the mad one who is rumoured to have done away with his wife.

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Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd October 2014
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 3rd October 2014 1:30am BBC4
Monday 6th October 2014 10:55pm BBC4
Thursday 24th September 2015 11:00pm BBC4
Monday 15th May 2017 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 14th September 2019 10:30pm BBC4
Wednesday 1st January 2020 12:10am BBC4
Friday 16th September 2022 9:00pm Drama
Tuesday 3rd January 2023 10:00pm BBC2
Tuesday 15th August 2023 1:35am Drama
Monday 2nd October 2023 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd October 2023 1:40am Gold
Thursday 4th January 2024 10:00pm Gold
Friday 5th January 2024 2:00am Gold
Saturday 9th March 2024 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 10th March 2024 12:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Mackenzie Crook Andy Stone
Toby Jones Lance Stater
Rachael Stirling Becky
Gerard Horan Terry
Pearce Quigley Russell
Divian Ladwa Hugh
Laura Checkley Louise
Orion Ben Varde
Sophie Thompson Sheila
Aimee-Ffion Edwards Sophie
Lucy Benjamin Maggie
David Sterne Larry Bishop
Adam Riches Tony
Writing team
Mackenzie Crook Writer
Production team
Mackenzie Crook Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Kristian Smith Executive Producer
Jonno Richards Executive Producer
Lisa Thomas Executive Producer
Alan Marke Executive Producer
Jim Reid Executive Producer
Colin Fair Editor
Sam Harley (as Samantha Harley) Production Designer
Johnny Flynn Composer
Dan Michaelson Composer


What you got?

Lance may have found something... or maybe not.

Featuring: Mackenzie Crook (Andy Stone) & Toby Jones (Lance Stater).

Buttons versus coins

Terry presents a thrilling slide show about detecting buttons.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Gerard Horan (Terry).

The Holy Grail

Andy thinks he may have found the location of a Saxon hoard.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Mackenzie Crook (Andy Stone) & Toby Jones (Lance Stater).

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