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Worzel Gummidge set for comeback on BBC with Mackenzie Crook

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 12, 2018

Mackenzie Crook working on adaptation of Worzel Gummidge

TV fans of a certain age are excited to hear that an iconic figure from their youth could be making a comeback. 

It has been revealed that the mischievous talking scarecrow Worzel Gummidge is being tipped to return to the small screen in a new adaptation by Detectorist’s actor Mackenzie Crook  who also looks set to star in the title role.

The 46 years old actor’s treatment of the stories which were originally written by novelist Barbara Euphan Todd has already been discussed with the BBC.

And a spokesman for Crook has confirmed that he is in the early stages of developing his contemporary adaptation of the Worzel Gummidge books for a TV series. 

If the show goes ahead it will find Crook stepping into the no doubt muddy shoes of the late Dr Who actor Jon Pertwee who originally played Worzel on ITV in the late 1970s and early 1980s  and later on Channel 4

The programmes focussed on Worzel’s ability come alive, befriend local children and change his head -  sometimes a turnip, sometimes a mangle-wurzle and sometimes a swede to suit the occasion.

There was also his love for Aunt Sally a fairground doll played by Una Stubbs. The question is what will Mackenzie Crook do with the character?