New BBC Version of Worzel Gummidge

Mackenzie Crook will star as the much loved character Worzel Gummidge in a new BBD adaptation based on the classic books of Barbara Euphan Todd.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star will bring the scarecrow back to life as he makes trouble on the fictional Scatterbrook Farm – made famous by the 1970s TV show.

The stories will be retold in two hour-long films for BBC One and will reportedly air around Christmas time, with further casting announcements yet to be made. The first 60 minute episode, The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook, sees two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook, whose world is sent spinning when they realize that the scarecrow Gummidge comes to life.

Shane Allen, a BBC commissioning editor called the reinterpretation “visionary and fundamental.” The series had begun filming at Highfield Park allotment in St Albans on Tuesday, according to the Herts Adverstiser. The two specials are produced by Leopard Pictures, Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment.