Detectorists: Series 3 Episode 2
November 15, 2017 3:14 PM - Season 3, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Comedy series about two metal-detecting friends.

Just as they're losing their farm, Lance and Andy start finding good stuff. But old enemies are sniffing around. Home lives are chaotic as usual and Lance is persuaded to try hypnotherapy for an awkward affliction. With mixed results.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (11 comments total)
Can the mods change the titles to episode 2... noticed just as I was clicking return (oh and the previous ep should really be series not season as it's a british show)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:15 PM on November 15, 2017

I love this series. Unfortunately, my local PBS station seems to have stopped carrying it.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:00 PM on November 15, 2017

I love this series too. I've only recommended it to people I know might be into it. Only to find they've been watching since it started.

Can anyone cast any light on that ancient Briton scene from the last episode? Why was a family of people burying a pot of gold all out in the open and everything, with prayers? And in this episode, is it Terror Terra Firma that have seeded the field with stuff they've bought off EBay? Or are they planning to do that somewhere later?

Omg my blood ran cold when Andy couldn't find the pictures on his phone! I can just imagine the stages towards such a massive historical loss, from corrupt site architect, through to the local council, through to the development corporation and all the way up to Westminster. The money changing hands and the steps they'd take to cover up the site, up to and including destruction. I'm not aware of anything like that having ever been in the news though, but I can imagine with the right combination of local government crooks in charge how it could pan out. All too plausible.
posted by glasseyes at 8:28 AM on November 16, 2017 [3 favorites]

Gold coins are just one of a number of precious artifacts found at Anglo-Saxon burial sites... Sutton Hoo is the most famous one, but there was another big hoard discovered a few years back.

I don't normally get affected by stuff like that but Tim The Evil Archaeologist is stressing me out - helped by a marvelous dead pan performance by Tim Key.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:50 AM on November 16, 2017 [3 favorites]

Do you think it was a grave then? I'd always imagined the burial of coins as fleeing people hiding their wealth from marauders, like the jewel Lance finds in the first series.
posted by glasseyes at 2:25 AM on November 17, 2017

Yes to the evil archeologist. I think it's because it's so believable.
posted by glasseyes at 2:28 AM on November 17, 2017

I’m hoping that the twist will be that the evil archaeologist isn’t evil after all!

The coin hoard doesn’t have to be a grave: Similar finds have been found all over the UK - my brother did his undergraduate thesis on them.

The fact that Andy + Lance have been spending their last five years having their mid-detecting cup of tea sat right on top of a pile of gold coins is just glorious :)
posted by pharm at 12:35 AM on November 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Also, the primary school playground insult trading between the Detectorist gangs in this episode had us in stitches. They’re never going to grow up are they?
posted by pharm at 12:36 AM on November 19, 2017

I loved that. Toby Jones is so good in that role, he has a real sense of mischief.
posted by glasseyes at 2:15 PM on November 20, 2017

Or are they planning to do that somewhere later? I think that planned to do it at a detecting rally. Garfunkle said that he expected them to have the best finds in each category... then they started pulling out the stuff they bought on eBay, and describing the readings that would have lead to the "find".
posted by kimdog at 6:43 PM on November 24, 2017 [1 favorite]

Isn't the theory that coin hordes could also have been the result of offerings made to local deities? I know a lot of stuff chucked into peat bogs and wells is thought to be offerings (and that's why we still toss coins into wells and pools for luck).
posted by soren_lorensen at 8:02 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

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