Lizzy DeningTV, Nostalgia

Worzel Gummidge is coming back!

Lizzy DeningTV, Nostalgia
Worzel Gummidge is coming back!
 Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs

Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs

Children of the late 1970s (and their parents!) no doubt have fond memories of Jon Pertwee's Worzel Gummidge. The actor, who of course also played Doctor Who, played the silly scarecrow from 1979 until 1981 - although the popular children's programme was often repeated over the years, much to our delight.

Worzel, as you may recall, had a set of three interchangeable heads made from different vegetables that each gave him different skills. The stories focused around his adventures with children John and Susan, who spend their school holidays on the farm with him.

Sadly Jon died in 1996 at the age of 76, but it looks like Worzel is set for a revival. The talking scarecrow from Scatterbrook Farm is coming back to TV, this time with Mackenzie Crook playing him! You might know Mackenzie from his role as Gareth in The Office, or Andy in  Detectorists which he also writes and directs.

The 46-year-old has also written the scripts for the children's TV reboot, basing them on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd.

 Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Mackenzie has been working on this for some time. He's written most of the script and pitched it to the BBC who were keen and are now officially on-board.

"It is not a continuation of the old story. Worzel is a legendary kids TV character and Mackenzie is keen to make sure the series does it justice."

  • We're waiting for airing details, but believe the programme will play on the BBC. We'll keep you posted!
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