Monday 9 June 2014

More detectorists, Just What British Television Needs, No Doubt

Crook (detectorist Andy)
Cameras are now rolling on the new sitcom, "Detectorists" written and directed by Mackenzie Crook, in which he stars alongside actor Toby Jones. It will be a six-part series for BBC Four, about two friends "who share a passion for metal detecting":
The duo play Andy and Lance, a pair of metal detector enthusiasts who act like an old married couple when they're together. Producers explain: "They gripe at each other, but there is a true bond underneath. Each has their own slightly dysfunctional lives but together they dream of finding a priceless Saxon hoard that will cement their place in detecting history." The BBC adds: "Helping them along the way is a delightfully quirky crowd of characters who are drawn to this all-absorbing hobby. Across the six episodes, greed, betrayal, rejection and finally redemption are all played out as the boys and their eccentric friends at the Danbury Metal Detecting Club search for that one big find. [...] Executive Producer Kristian Smith comments: "Mackenzie's scripts take us into a charming world
that many of us haven't seen before."
Jones (detectorist Lance)
Also starring are Rachael Stirling, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Lucy Benjamin from Eastenders and various intimidating looking people. Crook is reported to have said, I hope with tongue firmly in cheek "For years British television has been screaming out for an archaeology based sitcom... hasn't it?" Detectorists will be shown on BBC Four in late 2014. Let's hope it unintentionally does a lot of damage to the image of the hobby.

See also  PACHI, Tuesday, 27 May 2014: 'Filming Starts Soon for Crook's "Detectorists"...'. 

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