Filming begins on new BBC Four comedy Detectorists

For years British television has been screaming out for an archaeology based sit-com... hasn't it?Mackenzie Crook
Date: 09.06.2014     Last updated: 09.06.2014 at 09.45
Category: BBC Four; Comedy
Filming has commenced on BBC Four’s brand-new sit-com, Detectorists, written and directed by Mackenzie Crook.

Starring Crook (The Office, Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Finding Neverland, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the six-part series is filming in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex during June and July. The show will be broadcast in late 2014 and is being produced by Channel X and Lola Entertainment.

The story follows the relationship between two friends who share a passion for metal detecting. When Andy (Mackenzie Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones) are together, they’re like an old married couple. 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. 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.

Alongside Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, the stellar cast includes Rachel Stirling (Tipping The Velvet, The Bletchley Circle), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Being Human, Luther) and Lucy Benjamin (EastEnders, Casualty).

Mackenzie Crook, himself an occasional detectorist, says: “This is my first time directing but, though it's sometimes nerve wracking, I'm confident that I have an incredible team to rely on. I have managed to gather my ideal cast. Toby, Rachel, Aimee-Ffion and Lucy are all actors I've worked with before and I know I'm in safe hands. For years British television has been screaming out for an archaeology based sit-com... hasn't it?”

Kristian Smith, executive producer for the BBC, says: "Mackenzie's scripts takes us into a charming world that many of us haven't seen before. They are smart, funny and beautifully observed.

Adam Tandy, the show’s producer, says: “There is a little bit of the detectorist in everyone, whether or not they care to admit it, so it’s glorious to be out in a field actually swinging equipment at last.”