The eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club return in this critically acclaimed dramedy about two misfits searching for Saxon treasure in the English countryside. Andy (Mackenzie Crook, Pirates of the Caribbean) has completed his archaeology degree at last, but he worries about providing for his wife, Becky (Rachael Stirling, The Bletchley Circle), and newborn son—while also trying to live up to the expectations of his imperious mother-in-law (Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones). Lance (Toby Jones, The Hunger Games), meanwhile, is still looking for love, and then someone unexpected walks into his life. The world of metal detecting proves just as tumultuous as their personal lives when a young German man enlists the DMDC to uncover a mysterious World War II plane wreck.
Striking comedy gold, this BAFTA Award-winning series for best comedy charms with “an astute script, sublime acting, and deft characterization” (The Daily Telegraph, UK).
What We Thought:
I wasn’t familiar with Detectorists so I watched a couple of episodes of Season 1 on Netflix to see what it was about. After watching Season 2 here on DVD, I will be going back and finishing Season 1.
I thought it was really funny. It’s super quirky and dry at times, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh during every episode.
I don’t know who came up with the idea to base a show around guys who go out metal detecting (is that a phrase?), but it totally works. It’s bizarre and so uncommon that it feels so new, original and fresh.
I think being a big Toby Jones fan helps too. I’ve been a fan of his for years. The show utilizes him perfectly and he has really great chemistry with Mackenzie Crook. They have a great dynamic that sets the tone of the show.
It reminded me of Northern Exposure in that small town, quirky way. If you want to compare it to a British show, I’d say The Wrong Mans.
The show won the BAFTA for Best Sitcom and I can see why. It’s probably the funniest sitcom I’ve seen come from England. I don’t always find their comedies that funny, but the characters and leads in this are so unique and odd I really dug it.
If you aren’t familiar with Detectorists, find it. I’m a fan now. I will go back and finish season 1 once I have a chance. Toby Jones is brilliant as usual and the show is just too darn odd and quirky to miss.
- Christmas Special Episode
- A Behind the Scenes Featurette
- Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Cast & Crew:
- Toby Jones
- Mackenzie Crook
- Rachael Stirling
Recommended If You Like:
- Quirky Shows
- Toby Jones
- British Sitcoms