BBC Four has renewed Mackenzie Crook’s comedy series Detectorists for a second season, TVWise has learned.
Created by Crook, the show wrapped its initial six episode run on the channel last night and followed the relationship between two friends who share a passion for metal detecting. The cast for the first season included Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Lucy Benjamin.
Detectorists was a big hit for BBC Four, attracting almost universal critical acclaim and broke ratings record to become the channels highest ever rated comedy series. “I couldn’t be happier with how Detectorists has gone down and the response it has got from audiences. The opportunity to meet these characters again and tell some more of their stories is very exciting”, said Crook.
The series was recommissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen and BBC Four Channel Editor Cassian Harrison. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, which is being produced by Channel X North and Lola Entertainment. The executive producers are Alan Marke, Jim Reid, Jonno Richards and Lisa Thomas.
“We’re proud that Mackenzie’s labour of love has connected so deeply with the BBC Four audience, who have taken these characters to heart”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “It couldn’t happen to a nicer, more multi-talented and harder working person.”