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Mackenzie Crook to star in Worzel Gummidge remake

Three And Out

Story by Jack Foley

MACKENZIE Crook is to star in a television remake of classic children’s series Worzel Gummidge.

The show, which will reportedly be screened on the BBC, will be based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd, rather than the late 1970s TV show, which starred Doctor Who‘s Jon Pertwee.

Crook will play the lead, a talking scarecrow.

A statement on behalf of the former star of The Office confirmed he is working on “a new contemporary adaptation of the original Worzel Gummidge books”.

“It’s in the very early stages of development, so scripts have not yet been written,” the spokesperson said.

The BBC has yet to confirm the remaking of the show.

Pertwee played Worzel from 1979 to 1981 over the course of four ITV series. He went on to make a further two series when the show was reprised in 1987.

Crook may be fondly remembered for his performance as Gareth in The Office but he is also enjoyed film success as part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and further TV fame on critically-acclaimed series The Detectorists alongside Toby Jones.

He has also been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for his debut novel, The Windvale Sprites, which he also illustrated.