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 3, Episode 2

Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Lance Stater (Toby Jones), Toni (Rebecca Callard)
Just as they're losing their farm, Lance and Andy start finding good stuff. But old enemies are sniffing around. Home lives are chaotic as usual and Lance is persuaded to try hypnotherapy for an awkward affliction. With mixed results.

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Broadcast details

Wednesday 15th November 2017
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 31st December 2017 10:30pm BBC4
Wednesday 9th May 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 19th October 2019 11:20pm BBC4
Saturday 1st January 2022 12:40am BBC4
Friday 4th November 2022 9:40pm Drama
Wednesday 19th April 2023 10:00pm BBC2
Tuesday 5th September 2023 1:50am Drama
Friday 20th October 2023 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 21st October 2023 12:50am Gold
Friday 26th January 2024 10:35pm Gold
Saturday 27th January 2024 2:40am Gold
Saturday 23rd March 2024 10:30pm Gold
Sunday 24th March 2024 1:30am 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
Simon Farnaby Art
Paul Casar Paul
Alexa Davies Kate
Rebecca Callard Toni
Guest cast
Asa James Wallace Stanley
Tim Key Tim (Site manager)
Dante Olaseni Archaeologist
Ella Kenion Receptionist
Claudia Jessie Doctor Hoffman
Dan Blackwell Gavin
Alex Lowe Solar John
Writing team
Mackenzie Crook Writer
Andrew Ellard Story Producer
Production team
Mackenzie Crook Director
Gill Isles Producer
Lisa Thomas Executive Producer
Alan Marke Executive Producer
Jim Reid Executive Producer
Alex Moody Executive Producer
Colin Fair Editor
Sam Harley (as Samantha Harley) Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Mattias Nyberg Director of Photography
Jackie Vernon Costume Designer
Anne Oldham Make-up Designer
Johnny Flynn Composer
Dan Michaelson Composer
Gareth Tandy 1st Assistant Director


Russell's metal detecting app

Russell shows the rest of the group his new metal detecting app.

Featuring: Mackenzie Crook (Andy Stone), Toby Jones (Lance Stater), Gerard Horan (Terry), Pearce Quigley (Russell), Divian Ladwa (Hugh) & Orion Ben (Varde).


What a unique, and gently astonishing thing Detectorists is; closer in precedent to English folk music, or a Stanley Spencer painting, than TV sitcom. Tonight, old rivals "Simon and Garfunkel" (forever pursued by appropriate musical cues) suggest pooling resources, while Lance is persuaded to try hypnotherapy - which goes about as well as expected ("I want you to imagine you're lying on soft, warm sand." "Sorry, I'm very sensitive to the sun, I burn easily.")

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 15th November 2017

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