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BBC One confirms a Christmas 2019 Worzel Gummidge revival

Fans of Worzel Gummidge, the walking, talking scarecrow, will be delighted to hear the new two part adaption is coming to BBC One this Christmas.

Let’s the magic, mystery and mayhem unfurl…

BBC-Leopard Pictures-Matt Burlem - Jon Pertwee
BBC/Leopard Pictures/Matt Burlem – Jon Pertwee


The casting for Wozel Gummidge has been announced. As we already know Mackenzie Crook has already been announced and further announcements have been made. Zoë Wanamaker will play eccentric local aristocrat, Lady Bloomsbury Barton. She says: “The whole thing is so charming and inventive. It’s the sort of thing I’d watch. I’m sure it will be a huge success. I know it will – it’s divine.”

Vicki Pepperdine  takes on the role of the formidable Aunt Sally in episode one. She says: “There’s something for everybody. It’s got this heart to it, and you’d be hard pushed as an adult not to engage with it.”

Steve Pemberton will play Mr Braithwaite, the farmer. He says: “This is the kind of show the whole family can enjoy together. It has a lot of humour, a lot of visual humour too, and I think kids will enjoy watching the children being central to the story.”

Rosie Cavaliero  will play Mrs Braithwaite, she added: “It’s a story about the imagination, and children escaping into this different world. Mackenzie’s version is totally contemporary.”

India Brown and Thierry Wickens will play Susan and John, two city children spending their summer at Scatterbrook farm who quickly befriend Worzel and begin a summer of adventures.

Based on the classic books by Barbara Euphan Todd, Worzel was originally played by Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee and followed the scarecrow’s mischievous life of his friends John and Susan on Scatterbrook Farm. The new modern adaption will comprise two hour-long films called The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook’ and ‘The Green Man’.

The first sees two young strangers world being spun into confusion when they meet Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow come to life. The latter will see the formal Green Man – who created the scarecrows – very unhappy to discover Wozel is associating with humans.

We’ve got our first look at the star as the lovable scarecrow, which we can now confirm as Mackenzie Crook who will also write and direct the specials.

BBC One Worzel Gummidge - First Look
Image Credit: BBC/Leopard Pictures/Matt Burlem

Crook says: “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.”

When and what time will BBC One’s Worzel Gummidge air?

According to the tweet, the shows will air at Christmas 2019 however no exact time or date has been announced.

We’re super excited for the show.

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