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Acsenray
12-08-2015, 10:37 PM
Somehow Netflix decided to recommend the British comedy Detectorists featuring Mackenzie Crook (Gareth on The Office and also known for Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean) and prolific character actor Toby Jones as metal detecting enthusiasts looking for a Saxon ship burial in northern Essex, England.

Wow, but do I love this show and what I like about it is the realistic interactions and conversations of friends. The dialogue is smart and funny, without ever being sitcommy. They're realistic conversations and it doesn't require one or more of them to be unrealistically stupid or easily avoided misunderstandings.

I have a couple of favorite scenes:

One in which Andy (Mackenzie Crook) is about to hear a song composed by his friend Lance (Toby Jones) and he's sure it's going to be terrible.

Another one is one in which vegetarian Andy is surprised by the ingredients of a common snack food.

Has anyone else seen this?

up_the_junction
12-09-2015, 01:14 AM
I adore it. It's a work of near genius. In fact it was the only show I watched in real time this year.

12 episodes of gold. I'd worry for Americans a little as some of the humour is parochially British.

Novelty Bobble
12-09-2015, 02:37 AM
Agree, it is wonderful. Worth mentioning that it is written by Crook as well.

The second series has just finished showing on the BBC here so you've got that to look forward to.
I'll give no spoilers but it feels like that could be it, no more. (which is a stance I'd agree with, much as I love it)

APB
12-09-2015, 04:15 AM
I'll give no spoilers but it feels like that could be it, no more. (which is a stance I'd agree with, much as I love it)

After the first series, I was rather of the view that it had been so perfect that the second series was bound to be a mistake. But I was proved wrong. So I would hesitate to say that a third series couldn't work. The latest twist does open up a number of new comic possibilities. The Christmas special is just about the only thing over Christmas that I'm actually looking forward to watching.

I also think that the BBC misjudged it. They seem to have assumed that what they had was something that it would be a cult success, much loved by a relatively small but loyal audience. But it has turned out to too popular to count as that.

up_the_junction
12-09-2015, 04:28 AM
Fwiw, Mackenzie Crook wrote and directed.

It also has daughter of Emma Peel, who spookily looks like her mother. Plus her mother, albeit in a little cameo.

It is interesting the seed has been sown for more; Andy's wife (Beth?) did identify the (high ground) site of the burial/long barrow, and we saw them walking across the geo-phys outline

I can't get over them using a photo of the proper Simon and Garfunkel to ID Peters and Lee ... :D

But if that is to be the end, it was perfect.

up_the_junction
12-09-2015, 04:36 AM
I also think that the BBC misjudged it. They seem to have assumed that what they had was something that it would be a cult success, much loved by a relatively small but loyal audience. But it has turned out to too popular to count as that.

I don't think you can know when something is going to be so perfectly pitched. It just all came together. They promoted the hell out of S2 though.

But for the swearing it should be in the Dad's Army slot on BBC2.

GuanoLad
12-09-2015, 05:44 AM
Just recently discovered this myself (I'm halfway through S2 now). It's amazing, and exactly for the reasons the OP describes. Realistic, with almost nothing contrived. It's like he took genuine conversations and tweaked them a tiny amount to make them funnier. Excellent casting, too.

It's even inspired me to write my own sitcom, something I'd had at the back of my mind for years.

Novelty Bobble
12-09-2015, 07:13 AM
It's like he took genuine conversations and tweaked them a tiny amount to make them funnier. Excellent casting, too.

I think the other thing that makes it feel real is the random, halting nature of Lance and Andy's conversations such as long pauses and stillness (Mackenzie is very, very good at doing "stillness") exposition and explanation where you weren't needing it (but the character genuinely would) and vice versa. The fact that Crook felt he could leave a lot unspoken tells me that he is a particularly good writer.

such as when Sheila talked about loss and hinted fleetingly at something much deeper in the last episode of S2

And Toby Jones is an acting god as well, that always helps.

and Yay! a Christmas Special? I didn't know that there was going to be one.

scoots
12-09-2015, 07:35 AM
Great theme song too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q58Gm18-IMY

GuanoLad
10-23-2017, 10:32 PM
Good news! A third season begins on BBC4 on November 8th!

Probably the last, as this one took so long to be made due to Mackenzie not being inspired by ideas immediately. But who knows, it could go for as long as he wants.

Acsenray
10-23-2017, 10:34 PM
Woo-hoo!

Sam Stone
10-24-2017, 12:43 AM
Awesome! I love this show.

KatTP
10-25-2017, 05:35 AM
Yay! Such a great show.

flaming yawn
10-25-2017, 08:26 AM
this post made my day! Season 3 I cannot wait! We still talk about this show years later. :)

TRC4941
10-25-2017, 09:53 AM
Netflix recommended this series to me also. I tried watching it but couldn't get into it. But now after reading all of these posts, I'm going to give it another shot. Sometimes it's just the mood you're in at the time. I loved the British The Office (of course the American too) and many other British movies and shows. I will admit that I sometimes have to turn on closed captioning so I don't miss anything.

Novelty Bobble
10-25-2017, 10:44 AM
Woot indeed.

It hasn't dipped in quality yet so here's hoping for a triumphal send-off

Stanislaus
10-25-2017, 11:55 AM
Can't wait to catch up with the news on old Bob Cromer.

Voyager
10-25-2017, 11:20 PM
Awesome! We watched it earlier this year, and loved it. I can see people taking some time to get into it - it is slow by American standards. But a wonderful show.

hogarth
10-25-2017, 11:31 PM
Can't wait to catch up with the news on old Bob Cromer.
Not to mention Simon & Garfunkel a.k.a. Peters and Lee!

cormac262
10-26-2017, 11:22 AM
Thanks to this thread, I started checking out the show last night. A new fan is born !

I loved Crook from the (BBC) Office, and I keep expecting a little more "Gareth" to come out in his character.

Thank you again, Dope, for letting me know about another show to watch !

Acsenray
10-26-2017, 08:37 PM
I loved Crook from the (BBC) Office, and I keep expecting a little more "Gareth" to come out in his character.

That's exactly one of the things I like about this show. The main characters have reasonably standard human intelligence and Crook doesn't sink into the very sitcommy traits of a Gareth.

GuanoLad
11-09-2017, 02:10 AM
Be reassured. Mackenzie Crook has not lost his touch. Brilliant episode.

up_the_junction
11-09-2017, 06:17 AM
Yep, S3E01 was shown last night.

Somewhat low key start,but very much in the same vein as before. Very sweet sequence featuring magpies and music by The Unthanks.

asterion
11-09-2017, 08:44 AM
I always forget how sad the show can be. They just missed in series one. They keep just missing now. Andy's taken a job where his bosses don't care about archeology or actually preserving the past if it means that there's a delay in construction. And there's the looming problem of the solar array. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

up_the_junction
11-09-2017, 09:23 AM
My guess is they discover the pot of gold in time and buy the field :)

Chefguy
11-09-2017, 10:20 PM
Thanks to this thread, I started checking out the show last night. A new fan is born !

I loved Crook from the (BBC) Office, and I keep expecting a little more "Gareth" to come out in his character.

Thank you again, Dope, for letting me know about another show to watch !

We just started tonight. I was a little perplexed by the 2-star rating, but ratings are often suspect. The show resonates on a very human level. A couple of every day shlubs tilting at windmills, hoping to find buried treasure. No guns, no car chases, no stupid sitcom memes. I find it charming.

GinoC
11-10-2017, 10:53 PM
The series is funny and heartwarming in a way you rarely see these days. One of my favourites.