New Worzel?

TV industry news suggests that among various series heading for a remake, Worzel Gummidge could be among them.

The original series starred Third Doctor Jon Pertwee between 1979-1981, and again in 1987-1988, and followed the adventures of a walking talking scarecrow created by the Crow Man (Geoffrey Bayldon). Joining Gummidge on his adventures was Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally, a wooden carnival doll. The series was based on a novels by Barbara Euphan Todd.

A curious show, it’s Hampshire countryside setting and theme tune (sung by Pertwee) gave it a unique charm. Pertwee’s performance was also of note, as were the show’s curiosities, such as Gummidge’s store of heads with different abilities (for instance a "dancing head") for different occasions.

The show was also notable for being a major role for Pertwee outside of Doctor Who, and gave him the rare opportunity for the actor to be a hero to children via two roles – the regenerating time travelling Doctor and the head-swapping scarecrow.

The big question is this: is Worzel Gummidge too closely associated with one actor that a replacement simply wouldn’t work?

Sadly, I think that is the case.


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