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The Dig - Archaeological Story

Carey Mulligan stars as Edith Pretty in this very interesting story about uncovering a treasure on her estate in the English countryside. I won’t give the story away except to say that it made me want to explore this part of England. I have somehow not traveled to England yet but will do so on an extended trip to Scotland in the future. Check it out; currently on Netflix.

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Yea, I thought the movie was a bit slow but it triggered my interest in the history of Sutton Hoo. Thanks for the YouTube links. I will check them out Emma.

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I guess she didn’t get a new swimming pool out of the deal in the end? Thanks for the reviews and the information about the program.

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We enjoyed both The Dig, and the Detectorist.

The Detectorist, one of the main actors, Mackenzie Crook, also wrote it and played Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean films (the guy with the fake eye who gets a fork stuck in it).

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I enjoyed The Dig. I can somewhat recall going to Sutton Hoo as a 10-year-old student (school trip from Essex) so with that frame of reference, it was nice to revisit the site and Suffolk through the movie. I remember getting the Anglo Saxons confused with the Vikings. BTW, Suffolk is a lovely area of the country to explore and is often overlooked by most international travelers. A little further down the coast from Sutton Hoo are Aldeburgh and Southwold, very upmarket areas these days.

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We enjoyed The Dig. I remember reading about Sutton Hoo as a kid, and seeing some of the artifacts recently in the British Museum. But it was a little jarring to see Inspector Rebus (Ken Stott) as the overbearing "outside" archeologist. ;-)

And The Detectorists is a wonderful series, just sorry they did only three seasons.

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We enjoyed the movie, not too slow for me, maybe for hubby. Now I am getting excited about rescheduling our cancelled trip to London. Our hotel was near the British Museum.

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Well now, I have to seek out the Detectorists.. It isn’t on Netflix........hmmm

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Thanks Barbara. I have placed the first of the series on my watchlist.

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Reading this thread is better than googling “what to watch”. Thanks for the suggestions!

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I agree with Emma -- the Detectorists is wonderful. The Dig is on our list, and now we will look for Worzel Gummidge. Thanks, Emma!

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Fun fact: Johnny Flynn, who plays Rory Lomax, the cousin of Edith Pretty (he's a fictional character), sings the theme song from Detectorists.

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Another fun fact: My wife thought Johnny Flynn, who plays Rory Lomax, the cousin of Edith Pretty (he's a fictional character), was attractive. Me, I thought the motorcycle he was riding is quite attractive, and fits his persona as the soon to be RAF pilot (of course in a Spitfire).

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For those who said they'd watch anything Scotland, we've liked the detective show Shetland, and even more so, Hamish MacBeth. Hamish is a cop who wants to stay local, and any crime that can be handled without paperwork is a good thing. I've seen it referred to as kinda Northern Exposure ish in that it's a quirky town with quirky characters, there's not always a murder, always entertaining. And pretty scenery. I know it's on acorn/amazon prime.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamish_Macbeth_(TV_series)

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bdokeefe, tell her to watch the latest movie adaptation of Emma, post haste (you're welcome).

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You know, I’m finding the humor in the Detectorists very refreshing. Loads of fun.

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Toby Jones, of The Detectorists, also plays Percy Allelyne in the 2013 (?) remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a very different character. And if you like mysteries in Scotland, check out the Inspector Rebus series starring Ken Stott, the establishment
archaeologist in The Dig.

Not to mention the late great Diana Rigg in The Detectorists. The wheels just keep turning.

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Johnny Flynn—an awesome Mr. Knightley. I haven’t seen The Detectorists. Nice song. Reminds me of his “Queen Bee” from Emma.