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 3

Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Lance Stater (Toby Jones), Andy Stone (Mackenzie Crook)
With time running out, Andy and Lance go to great (action-packed) lengths to protect their land. Away from the fields, life is no less stressful as Andy quits his job and Lance finds an unwelcome guest in the spare room. An audacious theft leaves Lance reeling.

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Broadcast details

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 31st December 2017 11:00pm BBC4
Wednesday 16th May 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 19th October 2019 11:50pm BBC4
Saturday 1st January 2022 1:10am BBC4
Friday 11th November 2022 9:00pm Drama
Wednesday 3rd May 2023 10:00pm BBC2
Wednesday 6th September 2023 2:00am Drama
Monday 23rd October 2023 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 24th October 2023 1:20am Gold
Friday 26th January 2024 11:15pm Gold
Sunday 24th March 2024 9:15pm Gold
Monday 25th March 2024 12:50am Gold

Cast & crew

Mackenzie Crook Andy Stone
Toby Jones Lance Stater
Rachael Stirling Becky
Gerard Horan Terry
Pearce Quigley Russell
Divian Ladwa Hugh
Sophie Thompson Sheila
Simon Farnaby Art
Paul Casar Paul
Lucy Benjamin Maggie
Alexa Davies Kate
Rebecca Callard Toni
Guest cast
Tim Key Tim (Site manager)
Kevin Bishop Kelvin (Estate agent)
Linda Lusardi Self
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


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Andy and Becky are shown round a potential flat.

Featuring: Mackenzie Crook (Andy Stone), Rachael Stirling (Becky) & Kevin Bishop (Kelvin).


We begin with Lance dreaming about going metal detecting with Linda Lusardi (she finds a Kestrel Super ring-pull). But the whole of Detectorists is dreamlike, merging bathos with moments of quiet revelation. There's mild turbulence for Andy and Lance - Andy and Becky's attempts to buy a house hit a snag while Lance's plans for a romantic weekend are stymied. But really, this is simply a charming meditation on friendship, nature and modest lives lived well.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 22nd November 2017

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