"Detectorists" (Acorn TV). The second season of Mackenzie Crook's brilliant and beautiful pastoral comedy is now available on Acorn TV, almost your one-stop shopping center for British television, and it is just as well-wrought, funny, touching and lovely to behold as the first (which is now available via Netflix and
This year (that was your last warning), Andy and Becky (Rachael Stirling) have a baby; Andy has "qualified" (whatever that means exactly) as an archeologist, though he is less gainfully employed than ever. Lance is no longer at the beck and call of his manipulative ex-wife, but seems to be exploring new romantic options (as he is spied upon by his friends). And a new character (Daneil Donskoy as Peter) wanders into a meeting of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club, with a story about wanting to find his grandfather's plane, shot down in World War II; he attracts the age-appropriate interest of Sophie (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), a young defector from a rival gang of detectorists. As a sort of lagniappe, an extra cherry on this sundae, we also meet Becky's mother, played by Stirling's own mother, Diana Rigg. The birds, the bees, the grass, the trees and the clouds in the sky play their own part, framing the human comedy and embracing it.
"The Adult Swim Golf Classic" (Adult Swim, Friday).
"The Other Kingdom" (Nickelodeon, Sundays). An unlikely cross of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and the Amish practice of Rumspringa finds fairy princess Astral (Esther Zynn) spending an exploratory, self-exploratory 90 days among mortal teens at Theseus High, possibly the only high school in North America named for a character from Greek mythology and/or Shakespeare. (Other direct "Dream" references, Astral's parents, the fairy king and queen, are named Oberon and Titania and the fairyland Athenia; there is also a sort of chaperone character named Oswald, like Goneril's servant in "King Lear," who tries to dissuade the princess from leaving: "What is wrong with Athenia? We have everything here, we have rocks, we have trees, we have rocks like this, more rocks, this tree.") Nothing groundbreaking here, but the fairyland has a nice colorful glow to it, like a blacklight poster room in an old head shop, the cast is professionally charming and cute and the dialogue crisp and smart. Press notes indicate some serial business ahead, putting extra pressure on Astral's decision whether to remain mortal and forever abjure the company of fairies, or to get back to where she once belonged. From pillar of kid TV Thomas W. Lynch, who also created, co-created the much loved "The Secret world of Alex Mack," "The Journey of Allen Strange" and "South of Nowhere."