By hook or by Crook, Worzel Gummidge is a TV wonder

What greater horror could befall a 21st century child than to be without wi-fi or a phone charger? 'It'll be like the olden days,' gasped Susan to her brother John, cut adrift from technology in Worzel Gummidge (BBC1) - 'like the Nineties or something'. The olden days were director Mackenzie Crook's inspiration as he brought this quick-tempered, slow-witted, muddle-headed scarecrow back to life.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 27th December 2019

TV review: Worzel Gummidge series 1 episode 1

It might not be packed with laughs or be the funniest thing you'll ever see but then it's not meant to be, it's just an extremely delightful piece of family comedy drama, and one of the best the BBC has made in ages.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 26th December 2019

Worzel Gummidge, episode 1, review

A welcome return for the scarecrow with a real heart.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 26th December 2019

Worzel Gummidge is a tender comic triumph

In his remake of the beloved series, Crook proves both that he is John Pertwee's natural successor and he understands children completely.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 26th December 2019

Worzel Gummidge review

What happened to the creepy scarecrow from the 70s we knew and hated? He's been give the Mackenzie Crook treatment - and the result is a joyful, joke-filled eco-romp for our times.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 26th December 2019

Star cast revealed for new Worzel Gummidge

Michael Palin, Zoë Wanamaker, Vicki Pepperdine, Steve Pemberton and Rosie Cavaliero are amongst the stars joining Mackenzie Crook in the new version of Worzel Gummidge.

British Comedy Guide, 19th September 2019

The Midnight Gang review

The BBC drama has a big heart and a beautiful yet devastating ending.

Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 26th December 2018

BBC Landmark Sitcom Season: the pilots review

In my last post I looked at three of the sitcom revivals that the BBC have produced but alongside these pieces, this new season also includes five new sitcom pilots. Over the next two weeks, all five of these shows will air and in this article I will pass judgement on them all.

Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 6th September 2016