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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Four
  • 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.

  • Due to return for Special

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Series 3, Episode 5

Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Andy Stone (Mackenzie Crook), Lance Stater (Toby Jones)
Andy and Lance become eco-warriors when they find their beloved oak tree is due to be felled. But a 24hr helpline turns out to be more of a hindrance. Andy stumbles upon treasure when for once, he wasn't even looking.

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Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th December 2017
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 1st January 2018 12:00am BBC4
Wednesday 30th May 2018 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 26th October 2019 11:25pm BBC4
Saturday 1st January 2022 2:10am BBC4

Cast & crew

Mackenzie Crook Andy Stone
Toby Jones Lance Stater
Rachael Stirling Becky
Simon Farnaby Art
Paul Casar Paul
Diana Rigg Veronica
Alexa Davies Kate
Rebecca Callard Toni
Guest cast
Asa James Wallace Stanley
Dan Tetsell Foreman Steve
Ben Langley Solar Bloke
Dan Phillips Builder
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


Stephen Fry or Sandy Toksvig?

Who is the best host of QI? Andy and Lance consider...

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


"Life is too cynical," wrote Paul Weller in the Jam's Tales from the Riverbank, yearning to return to the pastel fields of his youth, both life and death "carried in this stream". The same romanticism, that dream of Arcady, powers this meditative, even transcendent series, which tonight finds Lance and Andy attempting, "like environmental ninjas", to save a beloved tree from culling. The penultimate episode of a show that yields hidden treasures galore.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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