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Worzel Gummidge Is Back On TV This Christmas

Worzel Gummidge Is Back On TV This Christmas

With Gavin and Stacey returning to our screens almost a decade after the series initially concluded in 2010, the BBC is ramping up the nostalgia even more this Christmas with Worzel Gummidge back for two, hour-long shows.

Some of you might remember being scared s***less by the scarecrow back in the day (originally played by the late Jon Pertwee). Now he's back in a brand-new adaptation of the character based upon the books by Barbara Euphan Todd.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

The new incarnation will see The Office's Mackenzie Crook as Worzel Gummidge, and will be joined by India Brown (playing Susan) and Thierry Wickens (who will be playing John).

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The show also stars Monty Python's Michael Palin; Steve Pemberton, co-creator of The League of Gentlemen; and Harry Potter star Zoë Wanamaker.

In the first of the two hour-long episodes, Susan and John come across the enchanted scarecrow and quickly find themselves slap bang in the middle of the chaos and mischief he creates.

In a press release earlier this year, the BBC said: "Their worlds should never commune, but fate has conspired to create an extraordinary union.

"The seasons have stopped and the harvest hasn't arrived. The rhythm of the natural world is out of kilter and this unlikely trio must try to put it right. Magic, mystery and mayhem unfurl."

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Jon Pertwee as the original Worzel Gummidge. Credit: ITV
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As well as starring as Worzel, Crook also wrote and directed the new episodes. Impressive.

On the role, Crook said: "I'm thrilled to be back working with the BBC and many members of the Detectorists team to bring Worzel Gummidge to a new generation of viewers and reintroduce him to old friends.

"Adapting Barbara Euphan Todd's books into these two films has been a joy and I've completely fallen for her charming, irreverent scarecrow."

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Meanwhile, Palin, who plays The Green Man, added: "It's a lovely part for me, but the whole script is very memorable and touching, and very funny too. It quite skilfully weaves in something for everybody all the time."

As yet there's no trailer for the new episodes and the BBC are yet to announce a release date. What we do know is that it will be airing over the Christmas period. Enjoy.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Christmas, TV and Film, UK Entertainment

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