REVIEW THE DETECTORISTS
SHOW: The Detectorists CHANNEL: ABC Comedy (2) TIME: Fridays, 9.15pm
AFTER what feels like an eternity of gradually decaying reality shows that are now past their used by date there is some light at the end of the tunnel. SBS’ world cup soccer coverage has been superb and we can be thankful that Optus failed in its attempt to dominate the broadcast of this wonderful event and the public broadcaster can continue doing its job beyond the knockout phase. We also have Wimbledon starting this week on Seven and although it’s a tad late it still provides wonderful viewing (better than the limited overs cricket in England over recent weeks). Best of all there are some new shows coming up that promise to shine in the bleak free to air tv climate we have found ourselves in over recent years. Last Friday a new ‘quirky’ (what else) British comedy series The Detectorists started on ABC Comedy (2), which could well become a staple for viewers looking for something fresh and slightly original. Starring Mackenzie Crook (from the original The Office, who also wrote and directed) and Toby Jones, the series follows the lives and adventures of two members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club. Andy and Lance are the ultimate odd couple and their only connection is their love of metal detecting. Of course this opens them up to all sorts of mishaps, adventures, misunderstandings and a never-ending source of new plotlines. It has that same British village feel as Midsomer Murders or Jonathan Creek but with even more humour.
◆ QUIRKY: Lance and Andy (pictured) and fellow members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club will change your Friday night viewing.