Worzel Gummidge. Worzel (Mackenzie Crook). Copyright: Leopard Pictures
Worzel Gummidge

Worzel Gummidge (2019)

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC One
  • 2019 - 2021
  • 6 episodes

Reimagining of Barbara Euphan Todd's Worzel Gummidge, starring, directed and written by Mackenzie Crook. Also features India Brown, Thierry Wickens, Steve Pemberton and Rosie Cavaliero.

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The Scarecrow Of Scatterbrook

Worzel Gummidge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Braithwaite (Steve Pemberton), Mrs. Braithwaite (Rosie Cavaliero). Copyright: Leopard Pictures
Two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It's not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field.

Further details

Two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It's not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Ten 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.

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 26th December 2019
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 21st December 2020 3:50pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Mackenzie Crook Worzel
India Brown Susan
Thierry Wickens John
Steve Pemberton Mr. Braithwaite
Rosie Cavaliero Mrs. Braithwaite
Guest cast
Vicki Pepperdine Aunt Sally
Francesca Mills Earthy Mangold
Tim Plester Clarty
Andrew James Spooner Flat Alastair
Tom Meeten HMS Odney
Christopher-Robert Barlow Rag Bag
Kiran Shah Root Bound
Charlie Mayhew Rustle Sprouter
Ben Langley Cab Driver
Mariam Haque Museum Receptionist
Phil Hulford Lofty Mawkin
Writing team
Mackenzie Crook Writer
Callum Akass Script Editor
Production team
Mackenzie Crook Director
Dan O'Neill Movement Director
Patrick D Pidgeon Executive Producer
Mackenzie Crook Executive Producer
Lisa Thomas Executive Producer
Kristian Smith Executive Producer
Georgie Fallon Producer
Eric S Rollman Executive Producer
Lucy Jack Line Producer
Simon Reglar Editor
Ed Turner Production Designer
Andy Brierley Casting Director
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Howard Burden Costume Designer
Vicky Voller Make-up Designer
Adrian McNally Composer
Alex Gibbs 1st Assistant Director
Alex Moody Commissioning Editor


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

Worzel Gummidge review

An eco-lecture from a 21st century scarecrow.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 27th 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

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, episode 1, review

A welcome return for the scarecrow with a real heart.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 26th 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

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