Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with Shane Douthie


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.

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