Mackenzie Crook moots Detectorists revival

ExclusiveTuesday 22nd December 2020, 1:12pm by Jay Richardson

  • Mackenzie Crook has said that he is considering making more Detectorists
  • The acclaimed BBC Four comedy follows a group of metal detectorists and last aired in 2017
  • He said: "I'm just starting the process of thinking 'yeah, we should get the old band back together'"
Detectorists. Image shows from L to R: Lance Stater (Toby Jones), Andy Stone (Mackenzie Crook)

Detectorists could be set to return after creator Mackenzie Crook gave the strongest indication yet that he wants to revive the BBC Four comedy.

The writer, director and star of the metal-detecting sitcom, which finished after three series in 2017, has previously hinted that he was open to the idea of revisiting the cult show. Co-starring Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling and Lucy Benjamin, it revolves around the lives of detectorists in northern Essex.

Appearing on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 breakfast show to promote the Christmas Eve return of his BBC One Worzel Gummidge adaptation, he confirmed that "it's true, I am kind of thinking of it but I don't have any idea at the moment.

"I'm just starting the process of thinking 'yeah, we should get the old band back together'. One last time!"

Debuting in 2014, Detectorists attracted instant critical acclaim and won two BAFTA Awards, as well as the Rose d'Or for sitcom in 2018. The show was produced by Adam Tandy for Channel X and Lola Entertainment.

Series 3 ended with Andy (Crook) and Lance (Jones) seemingly finding both their literal and allegorical gold.

Unfortunately, cast member Diana Rigg, who played Veronica, Andy's mother-in-law, died in September of this year.

Crook is currently filming the third series of Sky Atlantic's historical-fantasy drama Britannia, and is expected to film a full series of Worzel Gummidge next summer. Jones has a number of film roles lined up, with uncertainty now hanging over when a second series of his own BBC comedy, Don't Forget The Driver, can begin production.

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