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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Saucy Nancy

Worzel Gummidge. Image shows from L to R: John (Thierry Wickens), Saucy Nancy (Shirley Henderson), Susan (India Brown), Worzel (Mackenzie Crook)
When Worzel Gummidge, Susan and John visit a scrapyard, Worzel overhears the grumbling of a foul-mouthed old friend - the carved ship's figurehead, Saucy Nancy.

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When Worzel Gummidge, Susan and John visit a scrapyard, Worzel overhears the grumbling of a foul-mouthed old friend - the carved ship's figurehead, Saucy Nancy. She has been languishing, unsold in the yard for years and longs to return to the sea. Worzel and the kids promise to get her there, but will her ship be waiting? Worzel doubts it, but Nancy is convinced. She can feel it in her carvings.

Worzel Gummidge. Peg (Vanessa Redgrave)

Adventure unfurls, as the strange foursome navigate their way to the coast on foot, by bus, wheelbarrow, motorbike and sidecar. It was never going to be straightforward. In a rare trip out of Scatterbrook, Worzel gets to see a wild moorland and the spectacular white cliffs of Seashell that provide the backdrop to this story of friendship and belonging.

Worzel Gummidge. Image shows from L to R: Susan (India Brown), Worzel (Mackenzie Crook), John (Thierry Wickens)

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 24th December 2020
Time
5:55pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Mackenzie Crook Worzel
India Brown Susan
Thierry Wickens John
Steve Pemberton Mr. Braithwaite
Rosie Cavaliero Mrs. Braithwaite
Guest cast
Francesca Mills Earthy Mangold
Shirley Henderson Saucy Nancy
Vanessa Redgrave Peg
Tim Plester Fisherman Stan
Spencer Jones Reggie
Jason Pennycooke Bus Conductor
Youssef Kerkour Farmer Brawn
Christopher Patrick Nolan Farmer Stout
Denise Mack Farmer Beef
Daniel Copeland Farmer Bonce
Daniel Page Farmer Gout
Brian Blessed Abraham Longshanks (Voice)
Writing team
Mackenzie Crook Writer
Production team
Mackenzie Crook Director
Patrick D Pidgeon Executive Producer
Mackenzie Crook Executive Producer
Lisa Thomas Executive Producer
Kristian Smith Executive Producer
Gill Isles Producer
Gary Matsell Line Producer
Dan Gage Editor
Jonnie Mead Production Designer
Andy Brierley Casting Director
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Howard Burden Costume Designer
Vicky Voller Make-up Designer
Adrian McNally Composer
Andy Lumsden 1st Assistant Director
Warrick Brownlow-Pike Puppeteer
Ben Caudell Commissioning Editor

Video

Saucy Nancy trailer

Susan and John visit a scrapyard, where they meet Worzel's old friend Saucy Nancy. She is a carved ship's figurehead, and she wants their help to get back to the sea.

Featuring: Mackenzie Crook (Worzel), India Brown (Susan), Thierry Wickens (John) & Shirley Henderson (Saucy Nancy).

Press

Review: Worzel Gummidge reboot is my cup o' tea

The best thing about this tale, when we're all mostly locked up, is getting outdoors. And that itself was a turnip for the books.

Stevie Gallacher, The Sunday Post, 27th December 2020

Review: Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy

Mackenzie Crook's whimsical adaptation returns with another tremendous one-off.

Morgan Jeffery, Radio Times, 24th December 2020

Review: Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy

Affectionate, nostalgic, televisual tonic.

Marianne Levy, i Newspaper, 24th December 2020

Review: Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy

Worzel Gummidge is a celebration of the days when children could play out all day, carefree.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 24th December 2020

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