Suffolk hosts Detectorists special

Suffolk hosts Detectorists special

The Detectorists Christmas special filmed on location earlier this year in Suffolk, doubling the county backdrops for Essex. 

The gentle comedy follows Lance (Toby Jones) and Andy (Mackenzie Crook) as they search for hidden historic treasures with their metal detectors. In the one-off seasonal special, Danebury Metal Detecting Club finds itself the target of property developers. 

Almost all of the episode was filmed in Suffolk, with assistance from Screen Suffolk to obtain permissions for shooting in Framlingham, the town which ‘plays’ Danebury. Other locations included Saxmundham train station and the village of Great Glemham.  

The production also headed to Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk for a day’s filming.  The Portable Antiquity Service office which is in the town was used as the location that Andy takes one of his finds to.


Jim Horsfield of Screen Suffolk said: “A special thanks to Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service for being so accommodating.  Their offices were taken over for a day and dressed up with new posters, and the desks were piled with boxes and files for the day.  

“This office is the place that any keen metal detector would take their finds, and one of the great things about the show is that it highlights the great work that metal detectors and archaeologists do.”


All images via Screen Suffolk. 

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