Worzel Gummidge set for a TV comeback | With Mackenze Crook as the head-swapping scarecrow

Worzel Gummidge set for a TV comeback

With Mackenze Crook as the head-swapping scarecrow

Worzel Gummidge is set to make a TV comeback, thanks to Mackenzie Crook.

The Detectorists and Office star is developing a new BBC series based on the original books by Barbara Euphan Todd – and is set to star as the talking scarecrow.

His take on the character is described as a ‘contemporary adaptation’ of the adventures, originally published between 1936 and 1963.

Gummidge – who could famously swap between various heds to suit the occasion – was previously brought to the screen by former Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee. His ITV series ran from 1979 to 1981, with a Channel 4 revival, the New Zealand-based Worzel Gummidge Down Under, in 1987.

Crook’s spokesman said the new TV series was ‘in the very early stages’ of development.

Published: 9 Apr 2018

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