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Check out Mackenzie Crook as Worzel Gummidge in the new BBC series


BBC One has announced a modern two-part adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, inspired by the classic books of Barbara Euphan Todd, and written, directed and starring Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists, The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean) in the title role.

The first episode, ‘The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook’, sees two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It’s not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Five Acre Field. Their world is sent spinning into confusion when they realise Gummidge comes to life. The only person more shocked is Worzel, when he discovers that the children are not in fact fellow scarecrows but humans.

The second episode, ‘The Green Man’, welcomes another mysterious arrival to Scatterbrook. The Green Man is the creator of scarecrows and keeper of scarecrow lore. He isn’t at all happy that Worzel is consorting with humans. Elsewhere, local aristocrat, Lady Bloomsbury Barton is holding a fete, with a Scarecrow competition that Worzel is determined to win. What will Worzel’s most competitive rival, Soggy Bogart, and The Green Man make of it all?

Image via BBC C) Leopard Pictures – Photographer: Matt Burlem

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