Detectorists could be set to return after creator Mackenzie Crook gave the biggest indication yet that he wants to bring back the BBC comedy.

The writer, director and star of the metal-detecting sitcom, which last aired after three series in 2017, has previously hinted that he was open to the idea of revisiting the cult show. Co-starring Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Lucy Benjamin and Diana Rigg who sadly died earlier this year. It revolves around the lives of detectorists in northern Essex.

Appearing on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 breakfast show to promote the Christmas Eve return of his BBC One Worzel Gummidge adaptation, he confirmed that “it’s true, I am kind of thinking of it but I don’t have any idea at the moment.

“I’m just starting the process of thinking ‘yeah, we should get the old band back together’. One last time!”

Series 3 ended with Andy (Crook) and Lance (Jones) seemingly finding both their literal and allegorical gold.

In the biggest hint to date, the first episode of a new series of Worzel Gummidge aired in the UK on November 6th, Also starring Mackenzie’s detecting buddy Toby Jones. Look closely in the above image,  you can plainly see a yellow TR7 ( Lance’s car) and 2 detectorists in the field. A tease? A new season?

Crook is currently filming the third series of Sky Atlantic’s historical-fantasy drama Britannia.

Toby Jones has a number of film roles lined up, with uncertainty now hanging over when a second series of his own BBC comedy, Don’t Forget The Driver, can begin production.