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The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime.
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Series cast summary:
Mackenzie Crook ...  Andy 19 episodes, 2014-2017
Toby Jones ...  Lance 19 episodes, 2014-2017
Rachael Stirling ...  Becky 18 episodes, 2014-2017
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ...  Terry 18 episodes, 2014-2017
Pearce Quigley ...  Russell 18 episodes, 2014-2017
Divian Ladwa ...  Hugh 18 episodes, 2014-2017
Laura Checkley Laura Checkley ...  Louise 16 episodes, 2014-2017
Sophie Thompson ...  Sheila 16 episodes, 2014-2017
Orion Ben ...  Varde 16 episodes, 2014-2017
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ...  Sophie 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Simon Farnaby ...  Art 11 episodes, 2014-2017
Paul Casar ...  Paul 11 episodes, 2014-2017
Alexa Davies ...  Kate 10 episodes, 2015-2017
Lucy Benjamin Lucy Benjamin ...  Maggie 8 episodes, 2014-2017


The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime.

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Release Date:

10 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Detectorists See more »

Filming Locations:

Framlingham, England, UK See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Second time that real life mother and daughter, Diana Rigg (Veronica) and Rachael Stirling (Becky), have played Mother and Daughter. The previous was in Doctor Who's "Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror (2013)". See more »


Featured in BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016) See more »

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By far the best comedy to appear over the last couple of years or so.
24 October 2014 | by fqxjjSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to this show since I saw the trailers for it towards the end of the summer, and from the start of Episode 1 it has certainly exceeded my (rather high) expectations!

I may be slightly biased as I used to be a Detectorist in my college days some 20 years ago now, and so I immediately picked up on a lot of the behaviours and in-jokes that Mackenzie has scattered throughout the shows ("Are you metal detectors?" 'No, THESE are the metal detectors, WE are the metal detector-ISTs..') to little quirks of behaviour that I myself was guilty of (agreeing a mutual "Detectors Off" time at the end of a days hunting, or indicating an important find by performing an impromptu dance).

This is a comedy that everyone should enjoy though, not just detectorists, although you can tell Mackenzie does love the hobby. I've often thought one of the corner stones of a good comedy (or drama in general) is to have characters you can relate to, and that work well together on screen. Andy and Lance (Toby Jones) have this in bucket loads, and they do come across as being very close, old friends.

There's plenty of side-stories woven into the main thread, that keep you guessing and asking questions as the shows progress (Will Andy get together with Sophie, what/who lies buried in the paddock, why does Lance still hold a candle for Maggie..) but not enough to distract from the main plot.

All in all this is fantastically written/directed, original comedy with a great choice of actors (Simon Farnaby, Pearce Quigley..) and to top it all it features a brilliant soundtrack throughout by Johnny Flynn (or Johnny Piper if you're short sighted.) I find myself looking forward to Thursday Nights at 22:00, and if I'm honest I'm struggling to remember a show that I could last say that about, possibly Rev series 3, or Toast of London.

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