Worzel Gummidge is keen to take part in the scarecrow competition held by Lady Bloomsbury Barton as part of the village fete.
However Worzel is not happy that other contenders plan to crash into the competition.
The farmer recognises an old face in Scatterbrook who is mending the hedges. The Green Man is mysterious, wordless and has been away for some years.
However he is someone who is more than just a vagrant who fixes the fences and hedgerows. He is the creator of the scarecrows including Worzel. The Green Man tells Worzel in no uncertain terms that he should not be speaking to the children and leaving his patch of land.
This was a better episode than the first. Michael Palin adds something extra as The Green Man and his portrayal is a lot different than that of the Crow Man from the Pertwee series. The Green Man has heard what Worzel as been up to, adding to the mystical and folklore aura of the countryside.
The scarecrow gang led by Soggy Boggart with his marrow head were a lot of fun. It was both edgy and playful.
Mackenzie Crook certainly deserves the plaudits for his reinvention of Worzel Gummidge. It has been more based on the books, yet he has updated it enough and made sure the stories kept its charm for family viewing.
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