British Comedy Guide

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


BBC Four sitcom about treasure hunters. 19 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Gerard Horan and others.

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Chortle Awards 2018 nominees

The nominees for the Chortle Awards 2018 have been announced. Mat Ewins, Hannah Gadsby, John Kearns and Joseph Morpurgo are up for Best Show.

British Comedy Guide, 7th February 2018

Detectorists stumble on treasure, or so they think

When metal detectorist Paul Adams stumbled on a hoard of gold coins he believed his luck was finally in. But in what turned out to be a case of life imitating art imitating life, the 54 gold coins were nothing more than props left behind by a film crew making the BBC comedy series Detectorists.

The Telegraph, 31st January 2018

Detectorists is TV's buried treasure

The comedic cult classic's final season, which arrives in the U.S. this week, retains its atypical charm.

Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer, 15th January 2018 Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

From the most underwhelming of scenarios, Mackenzie Crook has weaved something glorious with the Detectorists. Lance (Toby Jones) and Andy (Crook, who writes and directs) lead quiet, for the most part disappointed, Middle English lives that are the quintessence of the humdrum. Their time detecting in the gentle landscapes around the suggestively-titled town of Danebury is not only a beautifully observed model of male friendship (as so often, conducted through gadgets), but, even more remarkably for a sitcom, a meditation about our place in history, through the discoveries made while detecting, and the cycle of the seasons. It's like a distillation of an early Thomas Hardy novel. And you can't say that about TOWIE. Not only are Jones and Crook both excellent, but the project is also assisted by a superb supporting cast, including a mother-and-daughter appearance from Rachael Stirling and Diana Rigg. Crook has called it a day after three series: he's mined the concept thoroughly now, before having to scrape the bottom. What on earth will he do next?

Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk, 31st December 2017

Detectorists: The BBC's hidden treasure

There is no sole element which makes Detectorists so enthralling, it is more like a symphony where the true greatness occurs when every piece of the orchestra works together.

Patrick Hook-Willers, Nouse, 18th December 2017

I'm relieved to recall I whacked Detectorists on to last week's "10 best" of 2017 TV, so needn't convince you of what a beautiful respite from the rest of the year it has been: its lack of judgmentalism, its gentle tolerance of human frailty, its being gallantly unafraid of silence, at spiritual poles to febrile Twitter spats, to endless virtue signalling and 24-hour offence-taking. The last-ever series (we're told) ended with the closest it could ever come to "villains", the pitifully pompous "Simon and Garfunkel" (last season, in an inspired little twist, they had to give their real names to police: Peters and Lee) being welcomed into the arms of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club, not without a few grateful tears on behalf of Garfunkel, the splendid Simon Farnaby. Andy (Mackenzie Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones) didn't, quite, get to do the "gold dance" at the close... cleverly, the high camera simply lingered, ambiguously, on the magpie's tree, as, coin by coin, then in a rush, it began to shed its secrets on to the sward below.

The very last drone-camera shot had the boys, alerted by some sixth sense, ambling towards the tree. I'm tempted to beg for more, but begin to wonder if creator Crook isn't quite right to leave it at this: perfect, and thus unimprovable, a treasure to be simply yearned over with wry wistfulness. Pub? Yeah, go on then.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 17th December 2017

Detectorists: We'll miss this gentle comedy gem

This week, with the UK under deep snowdrifts we bid farewell to the always summery Detectorists.

Sarah Kennedy, The Custard TV, 13th December 2017

Detectorists: "one of the most satisfying conclusions"

There is so much love for Detectorists. On any day of the week, just type in its hashtag and you'll find posts like "one of the finest shows ever written", "the antidote to Trump, Brexit and reality TV" and "please don't let it be the last series".

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 13th December 2017

Old rivalries are put aside and there's an auction in store for Becky and Andy, in this final-ever episode. Shall we ever see the like again? Deeply imbued with Englishness and English folk tradition (this series was inspired by a performance from folk sisters the Unthanks), yet without a shred of parochialism, this televisual seam of pure-spun gold has been a bucolic balm in an otherwise shrill world. Detectorists reminds us that nothing is ever truly lost.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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