Toby Jones would find a Detectorists return “hard to resist”

The Captain America actor on how his Detectorists co-star Mackenzie Crook inspired his latest BBC comedy series

Programme Name: Detectorists series 3 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 3) - Picture Shows:  Lance (TOBY JONES), Andy (MACKENZIE CROOK) - (C) Channel X - Photographer: Chris Harris

Toby Jones has admitted that he would find it “hard to resist” a revival of the BBC comedy series Detectorists, in which Jones starred alongside The Office’s Mackenzie Crook.

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The series, which concluded with a third season in 2017, followed Andy (Crook) and Lance (Jones), two middle-aged men with a shared passion for metal detecting.

Asked whether he would consider reprising the role for a fourth series or TV film, Jones said: “It’d be hard to resist. It’s a huge pleasure, that show. There’s nothing unpleasurable about it – you walk to work in the countryside.”

Crook, who also wrote and directed Detectorists, has previously explained that the third season would be the last; the series concluded with Lance and Andy apparently finding their long-sought treasure.

Jones added that working with Crook “definitely” inspired him to pick up a pen for Don’t Forget The Driver, the BBC2 dark comedy series that he has just co-written with playwright Tim Crouch.

“[Crook] sent me like six pages of dialogue, and I remember thinking, this is great, this isn’t asking to be laughter,” Jones said. “It’s two guys, two characters, not demanding laughs, just literally existing, and I suppose I found that very inspirational as a way of setting off a comedy. It’s not being absolutely hammered, you have to laugh at this – you can just watch this.”

Don’t Forget The Driver is set in the seaside town of Bognor Regis, and stars Jones as a coach driver and father to an unruly teenager daughter whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious woman.

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It starts on Tuesday 9th March at 10pm on BBC2.