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Mackenzie Crook filming new BBC sitcom

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Mackenzie Crook - Making directorial debut

Filming has begun on Detectorists, a new BBC Four sitcom starring, written and directed by The Office's Mackenzie Crook.

Also starring Finding Neverland's Toby Jones, Detectorists tells the story of two friends with a passion for metal detecting, with the BBC promising "greed, betrayal, rejection" as the duo search for a big find.

The series will be shown late in 2014 and the cast also includes Rachel Stirling (Tipping the Velvet), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Being Human) and Lucy Benjamin (EastEnders).

Crook, who the BBC describes as "an occasional detectorist", said: "This is my first time directing but, though it's sometimes nerve-wracking, I'm confident that I have an incredible team to rely on."

Crook added: "I have managed to gather my ideal cast. Toby, Rachel, Aimee-Ffion and Lucy are all actors I've worked with before and I know I'm in safe hands. For years British television has been screaming out for an archaeology-based sitcom... hasn't it?"

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