Children's series about the adventures of Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow who comes to life.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jon Pertwee ...  Worzel Gummidge 31 episodes, 1979-1981
Jeremy Austin Jeremy Austin ...  John Peters 28 episodes, 1979-1981
Charlotte Coleman ...  Sue Peters 28 episodes, 1979-1981
Mike Berry ...  Mr. Peters 23 episodes, 1979-1981
Norman Bird ...  Mr. Braithwaite / ... 23 episodes, 1979-1981
Geoffrey Bayldon ...  The Crowman 22 episodes, 1979-1981
Una Stubbs ...  Aunt Sally 20 episodes, 1979-1981
Megs Jenkins ...  Mrs. Braithwaite / ... 19 episodes, 1979-1980
Michael Ripper ...  Mr. Shepherd 14 episodes, 1979-1981
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Storyline

Based on the children's books, this series follows the adventures of Worzel Gummidge, the talking scarecrow. Worzel is a bit of a rascal, but is still willing to help out his human friends from the nearby village of Scatterbrook. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Family | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Vogelscheuche See more »

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Southern Television See more »
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Runtime:

(30 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Pertwee hoped the series would sell to America. See more »

Goofs

In Series 1, during the closing credits, when Worzel falls backwards on his post, he has an umbrella hanging from it. From Series 2-4, during the closing credits, Worzel carries his umbrella and hangs it on his post. But before he falls backwards, forwards, or down, the umbrella is not hanging on the post. See more »

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Referenced in That's Showbusiness: Episode #6.3 (1994) See more »

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The Unspoiled, Natural Beauty of Childhood At The Turn Of The 70s
12 February 2018 | by alleywayambushSee all my reviews

As a child I only vaguely remember this show (I was born in '82). About 6 years ago I found a charity shop bundle of VHS videos of this franchise, bought the lot and instantly fell in love with what became a new favourite !

Essentially it's quite a basic plot. 2 kids their single father go to live in a caravan on a farm. The field's scarecrow comes to life in the form of an illiterate but lovable and hilarious character 'Worzel Gummidge'. He is constantly amorously pursuing the local antique 'Aunt Sally', also a living being, alongside his other chief passion of 'A Cup O' Tea And A slice O' Cake' ! Always up to mischief, the kids and Worzel's creator 'The Crowman' have to guide him through his adventures, making sure he doesn't get into trouble !

As well as highly comical, the show is also highly aesthetically beautiful and culturally idyllic. Set in rural Kent, the intimacy of tender fields and garden-like countryside, alongside a score of gentle, easy instrumental music gives the show a natural, traditional, serene and idyllic cultural bliss - there's next to no reference to contemporary popular culture.

The cast are quite notable too. The late Jon Pertwee plays the clumsy scatterbrained Worzel, Una Stubbs as the arrogant, deluded, greedy but charming Aunt Sally, the late Charlotte Coleman (an unrecognisable, dark featured 'Scarlet' from 4 weddings...) as young Sue, and Jeremy Austen as her brother John (otherwise only known for a brief role in Red Dwarf !) Guest appearances include Barbara Windsor, Anthony Sharpe + Connie Booth.

Overall, this show, both entertaining and cultural, is an often overlooked gem that should be seen by today's kids amidst a sea of internet degeneracy and apologies for shows. Not to forget the late-80s spin-off series, 'Worzel Gummidge Down Under', which I think I remember vaguely seeing back in the day !


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