'Wacky baccy'. the Detectorists have arrived for the third and last series in this funny, but so pathetic story of two metal detectorists and their forlorn lives. Mackenzie Crook has written, directed and starred in this six part series, with Toby Jones as his sidekick. Except that is unfair, they ride the wave as equals. The plot is now that their favourite hunting ground - Church Farm is to be the site of a great solar farm. The two other series followed their search for the hidden gold under the soil which they both believe exist, Crook picks up a hawk's whistle and blows it and it is then as they disappear into the beautiful pastoral landscape that a girl in white appears in ghostly and spectral form blowing the same whistle, and we see the burial of a pot of coins by a family, and then the magpies appear. So the story hinges of course on their finding the hoard, I have a feeling they will not!
This magical folk song is the background, sung by The Unthanked, it is the spell we have all chanted since childhood, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, three for a girl and four for a boy and dedicated to that black and white intelligent bird the magpie, who steals bright things and plays in the trees like no other bird.
It reminded me of Em Parkinson's print of magpies, a blogger till a year ago who lives by wild Dartmoor, and who did such a beautiful portrait of Moss for me.
I hardly see any magpies round this part of Yorkshire and wonder if they are shot as predators, same as buzzards, the shooting fraternity can be heard occasionally, in fact there were six men in the pub yesterday who were obviously a gun shooting party!
You can catch The Detectorist on BBC Iplayer, deadbeat and funny it will catch your heart.