Detectorists, the new BBC4 sitcom written and directed by The Office star Mackenzie Crook about mental detector hobbyists, ended its first series last Thursday and was quite satisfyingly (given the context of the show) something of a hidden gem.
This gentle comedy was frankly the best thing on TV recently. Beautiful to look at, Crook's debut directorial stint captured the English countryside in all its summer glory, warmly funny and brilliantly cast with characters you couldn't help but fall in love with and care about as you went from week to week.
At its heart are the characters Andy and Lance played by Crook and the national treasure that is Toby Jones (soon to be Captain Mainwaring in the big screen version of Dad's Army) These two perfectly depicted the nature of friendship between two blokes with a mutual, shared interest. They had a wonderful short hand in their performance together which made the show a joy to watch. The rest of the cast held no slackers either with the beautiful and talented Rachael Stirling (Diana Rigg's daughter) as Crook's patient better half, Gerard Horan, Pearce Quigley, Sophie Thompson, David Sterne (seemingly channeling Terry-Thomas at times) Lucy Benjamin and Walking and Talking star and rising Welsh actress, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, looking beautiful in the photo below
The show's theme tune is by celebrated folk artist and actor, Johnny Flynn. It's just as beautiful and charming as the show itself.
Fellow blogger John Medd informs me that all 6 episodes of Detectorists are still available on iPlayer, so if you missed it catch up now! A DVD is also set for release.