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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Press Clippings

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

The 20 best TV comedies of 2017

Here - in no particular order - are the 20 best shows from 2017.

Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 11th December 2017

Euan Ferguson's best television of 2017

Includes Motherland, Car Share and W1A, while flops include The Nightly Show.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 10th December 2017

Detectorists: a rich portrait of unremarkable lives

Testament to the mood-altering powers of television, Mackenzie Crook's Bafta-winning comedy allows us to tune out our grimly fractious world.

The Guardian, 9th December 2017

"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

Detectorists inspires record public haul of treasure

The number of new Treasure discoveries by members of the public has hit a record level, with 1,120 finds last year.

Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 4th December 2017

50 best TV shows of 2017, #42: Mackenzie Crook's perfectly crafted comedy about two treasure-hunters with deeply buried emotions returned, as serene and picturesque as ever but with more hidden prickles.

The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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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