Detectorists

Detectorists

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DVD - 2015
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The charming comedy-drama from BBC Four tells the story of Andy and Lance, members of the Danebury Metal Detectors Club. As Andy pursues a degree in archaeology and Lance considers being a musician, they spend their days searching through fields with their metal detectors, dreaming of finding a fortune.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, MD] : Acorn, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW DETECTOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital
widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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LPL_KevinC May 14, 2018

Writer, director, and star, Mackenzie Crook strikes gold with the cozy comedy series, Detectorists. Andy (Crook) and his partner in detecting, Lance get into all the reasonable shenanigans you’d expect two detectorists in rural Essex to get into, while using the hobby to escape their unfulfilling... Read More »


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waterfeather
Sep 05, 2018

As a lover of fine craftmanship in cinematic storytelling - this was my favorite series hands down in last few years. Accordingly, it as accrued multiple BAFTA Awards for writing, acting etc. (British Academy of Film and Television Arts [similar to Oscars and Emmys in the U.S.]) If you love bold, plot or action-driven, formulaic American television series - or "Ha Ha" -type comedies - skip this for sure. However, if you enjoy a thoughtful, unexpected, uncluttered, (quirky) character-driven, and quite original series - watch "Detectorists".
Written, acted AND directed by Mackenzie Crook, it was produced as a "small" series in terms of budget etc. for BBC 4, so only 6 episodes per series - but each one a gem. Slow enough to relax into the beautifully shot natural settings and clever enough to just want to keep watching. I watched each series through twice. Almost all of it is easy to watch a second time ( unbearable for me for almost any plot or situation-driven show). And, as a great bonus for doing so, unexpectedly found myself laughing out loud at much very subtle humor I missed the first time. I think that on first viewing; not being British required a bit of extra attention due to various unfamiliar expressions, slang, parlance, historical references etc.
If you know and love Simon & Garfunkle, metal detecting, corvids or philosophy - extra layers of subtle humor will delight.
One distraction in SERIES 3 - the character "SOPHIE" is simply missing with no explanation. Could not even find a reason online. Actress Aimee-Ffion Edwards likely busy with another job?
The DVD Extras worth watching if you enjoy the show. Have found that BBC Extras are generally so much better quality in terms of content than U.S. product in general.
Sadly, Crooks says Series 3 will likely be the last.
Even the theme song (by Johnny Flynn) is multilayered: beautiful, melancholy, hopeful and a little haunting.

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scribby
Jul 16, 2018

Delightful, quirky, subtle humor about an esoteric hobby - though most of the humor deals with interpersonal relationships. Yes, there are such things as relationships, jealousies, and betrayals even among nerdy hobbyists :-) (The jokes aren't at their expense.) The "Simon and Garfunkel" sub-plot is hilarious, especially when song titles are slipped into the conversation. I was glad I detected this series - it gave me a much-needed laugh.

CircMary Jun 25, 2018

Droll British humor, a gentle story, and the lush English countryside made this BAFTA- winner one of my very favorites ever. Can't wait for part 2 of the story of Andy and Lance!

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babbo47
Jun 05, 2018

Just finished the first season....thought that it was going to be a detective type comedy series with metal detector enthusiasts solving crimes...Nope!
Instead found a warm funny story about the personal lives of two odd characters who happen to be involved in an engrossing hobby.
This series also imparts interesting nuggets about the world of people who scour the English countryside for historical artifacts and possible treasure.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 01, 2018

Slightly goofy, oddball-ish, and very British..... so we liked it! If you like Doc Martin, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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DveBeleMede
May 24, 2018

Love it, love it, love it! Sweet, quiet, meditative, funny, warm, pure joy and delight! Yes, there is an occasional swear word here and there, still, British country side is absolutely stunning, script and cast and acting are impeccable, music is lovely, I smiled while watching it and long afterwards, cannot recommend it high enough! So glad I stumbled upon it and even more glad my OPL is getting Season 3 soon, cannot wait to see how they will wrap all the characters and stories up. (yes, season 3 is the last season). 5 out 5 stars for sure:)

LPL_KevinC May 14, 2018

Writer, director, and star, Mackenzie Crook strikes gold with the cozy comedy series, Detectorists. Andy (Crook) and his partner in detecting, Lance get into all the reasonable shenanigans you’d expect two detectorists in rural Essex to get into, while using the hobby to escape their unfulfilling day jobs. Murder, infidelity, undetonated bombs, Nazi war planes, and centuries old treasure manage to take center stage at various points, but the heartbeat of the show is the delightful residents of Danebury and the eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.

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susancp61
May 06, 2018

The characters remind me of, an "English" version
of Andy of Mayberry. They are down to earth
plain folks. An enjoyable and different series.
Great acting.

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Born2Weed
Apr 27, 2018

Funny and quirky. But the writers apparently think that you need a "potty-mouth" to be those things. So, these funny quirky folks won't be invited to my home again.

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paintingmousha
Mar 02, 2018

Quirky, gentle and funny...loved it. Highly recommended for those looking for something beyond the usual offerings of beautiful people, sex and violence .

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