Looking for a great little series on Netflix? Look no further than detectorists. We just finished watching two seasons worth and what a gem it was. We so enjoyed it!
The series follows a group of hobby detectorists in a British village. They have a metal detecting club and look for historical treasures in the surrounding meadows and fields. They meet regularly to share their findings.
I liked the way the series showed the caring but understated relationship between the two men who are the main characters. They are passionate about their hobby. Both are experiencing personal crisis and their metal detectoring is a way of dealing with it, a kind of therapy if you will. I found the espisodes charming and heartwarming. Each member of the metal detecting club has a unique personality and when they interact it makes for some great humour. I don’t know when I have laughed out loud as many times as I did watching this series.
My husband Dave liked the soundtrack and the great cinematography which highlighted the pastoral English countryside in a beautiful way.
My brother said he enjoyed the nuanced gems of human interaction in detectorists. He found the characters to be quirky but definitely relatable and said there was a kindness about the show that so often is missing in television programs. He liked the gentle pace and the way the stories unfold fluidly not in a jerky fashion as so many television programs do. He thought the writing was great.
If you were a fan of the old British series The Avengers you will appreciate the cameo performance by one of its stars Diana Rigg in detectorists. Diana’s daughter has a starring role in the drama and is just as dynamic an actress as her mother.
While watching the series I learned that it is important to distinguish between a detector and a detectorist. A detector is the actual metal detecting machine and a detectorist is the person who operates it.