Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones return to Detectorists

BBC Four

Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones are back for a second six-part series, and one-off Christmas special, of metal detecting drama Detectorists.

The second run of episodes are to be filmed in Suffolk, Essex and London over the coming six weeks. The first series of Detectorists won a Bafta Television Craft Award for Comedy Writing and another Bafta Television Award for Best Scripted Comedy. The new series will be broadcast on BBC Four in late 2015 and is produced by Treasure Trove Productions, Channel X North and Lola Entertainment.

“Andy and Lance already feel like two old friends, and we can’t wait to welcome them, and all of the other beautifully eccentric characters, back to BBC Four. The prodigious Mr Crook has done it again; we have six brand new episodes full of the same wit, charm and captivating storytelling that we saw in series one. Audiences will also be treated to an extra helping, with a wonderful Christmas Special.” – Kristian Smith, Executive Producer for the BBC

Detectorists follows the lives of Andy (Crook) and Lance (Jones), two friends who share a passion for metal detecting, scouring the fields of the English countryside for something that will change their lives forever. It’s a whole year on from the last time we met them, and Lance is lovelorn after the departure of his ex-wife, but just maybe he is about to surprise everybody with a new relationship.

Meanwhile, Andy and his wife Becky (Rachael Stirling) are now proud parents, facing all the responsibilities that brings, but despite qualifying as an archaeologist, Andy is still mostly unemployed and their shared hopes for the future look further off than ever. In this second series there are new loves, new challenges, new and old enemies, but always the same dream of finding a piece of Saxon gold in the corner of an Essex field.

Alongside Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, the stellar cast includes Rachael Stirling and Aimee Ffion-Edwards.

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