Worzel Gummidge, episode 1, review: a welcome return for the scarecrow with a real heart

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Escape to the country: Mackenzie Crook, India Brown and Thierry Wickens
Escape to the country: Mackenzie Crook, India Brown and Thierry Wickens Credit: Amanda Searle

Words to chill the blood: “a Worzel Gummidge reboot”. How (and why) would the BBC take a beloved children’s television series and give it a 21st-century makeover? Would it feature a CGI-enhanced scarecrow, children in hoodies and multiple references to the availability of wi-fi in rural areas? It turned out that Worzel Gummidge三级成人视频 (BBC One) had all those things – and it was wonderful.

Mackenzie Crook had already written one hymn to the English countryside, Detectorists; here was another, in which he also starred as the eponymous scarecrow三级成人视频. For many, the character is indelibly linked to Jon Pertwee. But Crook has gone back to Barbara Euphan Todd’s books and given us something tonally different to...

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