Look out for Rotographic books: Thursday, 10pm on BBC4
A new BBC comedy series focusing on the exploits of two metal detectorists, starring, written and directed by MacKenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) may use a copy of “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014” on screen. MacKenzie Crook is a keen amateur metal-detectorist in real life and owns a copy of the book. The Rotographic book will be present in the wannabe archaeologists on-screen flat, but whether or not it actually makes it to the final edit depends on if the production team happen to use the scenes and camera angles in which it appears! The production team also have a copy of “England’s Striking History” so that may also show up somewhere. Here is the original Radio Times announcement.
The six-part series has caused a little controversy among metal-detectorists, as some feel that it will make a mockery of them and unfairly portray them as anoraks. The National Council for Metal Detecting refused to co-operate with the BBC during the making of the series. Here’s more in an article from The Independent.
Here’s another related article from The Telegraph concerning the series.
Whether or not it unfairly ridicules metal-detectorists, well, we’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll report back here with book sightings (hopefully) and with my overall opinion of the first episode after it has aired.
4th October: I didn’t spot any Rotographic books in the first episode, perhaps they will turn up in other episodes. I found the programme was very good, and just as I suspected, it didn’t make fun of metal detectorists at all. Both the main characters are likeable, sincere and really not any more nerdy than most football fans (for example). I think any metal detecting groups that refused to cooperate with the BBC have probably made an error of judgement. This series can only be good for the hobby, in fact I looked on Amazon just now and the No.1 book in the coin section was one on metal detecting, which probably isn’t a coincidence.
As a nerdy side-note, I ought to point out that the 1865 penny that Andy found and told his girlfriend about, doesn’t actually show a young Victoria, as stated. 1865 pennies (in fact all pennies from 1860 to 1894) feature the so-called ‘Bun’ head of Victoria. The ‘Young’ head, showing Victoria in her early 20s, was used on pennies from 1841 to 1859.
10th October: No sightings in episode 2 either! Eyes peeled.
16th October: Six minutes into the 3rd episode “Collectors’ Coins GB 2014″ was visible briefly, on Terry the Detectorists Club leader’s dining room table. It was opened at pages 38 and 39 (pennies 1902 – 1936)!
24th October: No sightings in episode 4, but I quite liked the line: ‘First pre-decimal coin (finder) gets the drinks’!
1st November: Very enjoyable series so far, I’m looking forward to the last part next week. There were no sightings of Rotographic books in episode 5, but I really don’t mind, I’d be watching it anyway!
8th November: No sightings, Andy has given up detecting – or has he? And the series ends on a happily-ever-after note, and just millimetres away from the buried ship of King Sextred!