Detectorists: A Quintessentially English Comedy

“Anything?”
“Fuck all.”

The opening dialogue ofย Detectorists is an expression of matter of fact disdain, which belies the deep passion Andy (Mackenzie Crook*) and Lance (Toby Jones) have for their hobby; in this case, metal detecting. Every philatelist, train spotter, bird watcher, pigeon fancier, weekend woodworker and, well, insert your hobby here ….. knows how it feels. You can’t explain it. You try, but the blank expressions prove you’re not getting through. You love what you do, and that’s all there is to it. Rewards? Very rare, but intensely satisfying; a penny black, a GW Moghul, a Green Winged Teal or that perfectly tight hand-cut dovetail will mean nothing to those around you but, inside, you’ll be doing the dance.…   [continue reading]

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

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Hear the writers discuss this subject on the Secret Cave Podcast!

Having already spotlighted what I consider to be their American counterparts in Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, I thought it necessary that I give Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer the fore this week. ย Vic and Bob, to be blunt about my bias, are my absolute favourite comedians of all time; making it tough to employ brevity when discussingย their innovations, chemistry and pure ability to cause laughter. ย Most will remember the duo for their madcap and subtly satiricalย Shooting Stars –ย the first and best of a string of inspired game shows. ย …   [continue reading]