Detectorists (2014–2017)
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Episode #1.6 

Not Rated | | Comedy | Episode aired 6 November 2014
Lance learns that Maggie has known about his lottery win whilst Andy wins back Becky by selling his detecting equipment and promising to give up his activity. In the pub they meet Larry ... See full summary »


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Mackenzie Crook (creator), Mackenzie Crook




Episode complete credited cast:
Mackenzie Crook ... Andy
Toby Jones ... Lance
Lucy Benjamin ... Maggie
Adam Riches ... Tony
Divian Ladwa ... Hugh
Laura Checkley ... Louise
Orion Ben ... Varde
Pearce Quigley ... Russell
Gerard Horan ... Terry
Sophie Thompson ... Sheila
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ... Sophie (as Aimée-Ffion Edwards)
Rachael Stirling ... Becky
David Sterne ... Bishop
Simon Farnaby ... Art
Paul Casar ... Paul


Lance learns that Maggie has known about his lottery win whilst Andy wins back Becky by selling his detecting equipment and promising to give up his activity. In the pub they meet Larry Bishop, who tells them that his wife is alive and well and the bones dug up belonged to his dead dogs. The club holds an open day but the only person to turn up is Sophie, who informs everybody that Antiquisearchers have been disqualified from the dig for placing nails on the site. Becky's excellent local history knowledge comes in very handy as everybody rallies to find the Saxon hoard and whilst they fail to unearth it there is reconciliation all round. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Toby Jones (Lance), Mackenzie Crook (Andy) and Simon Farnaby (Art) also appeared in Christopher Robin (2018) together as Owl, Newspaper seller & Taxi driver respectively. See more »


Lance: She couldn't even remember if I take sugar in my tea!
Sophie: And do you?
Lance: Of course I do! Its bloody TEA!
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References Brokeback Mountain (2005) See more »


Written and performed by Johnny Flynn
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S1: A bit too slight, but still enjoyable in its specific elements
26 December 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I'd not heard of this show until very recently (as it comes to a close) and jumped back to watch the first season. There is little about it that doesn't yell BBC4 at you - niche plot, very gentle comedy of smallness and slight pain, and delivered by several terrific actors. It is very slight in how it delivers, and in truth at times I took against it for how deliberately shuffling and 'small' it was trying to be. Mostly though it won me over with its humor, its pacing, and its affection for its flawed characters. I don't know how often I laughed out loud, but it did provide plenty of smiles and moments to enjoy.

Not sure I totally engaged with the main plot - or at least the love triangle with Andy at the center; it felt too artificial and didn't have a convincing foundation to it. The actions of the characters didn't ring true. Lance's situation was more convincing, even though elements were exaggerated for comedic effect. Part of that is how good Toby Jones is; he always is of course, but here he gets the tone just right and his performance makes up for the slightness of the material at times. Crook is good but not quite as good. He pushes things a bit too much at times, not letting it seem natural - often it feels like he is in a rush to do the thing he needs to do, rather than letting it come. The supporting cast are variable but mostly good; Stirling didn't work for me - not sure why just didn't buy her performance throughout.

Enjoyable in its elements though, even if it is very slight and at times doesn't convince in its content and internal movements.

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