TV Mini-Series Review Worzel Gummidge (BBC) 2 Episodes
Saturday, 28 December 2019 | Admin
TV Mini-Series Review
Worzel Gummidge (BBC) 2 Episodes
Children's series about the adventures of Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow who comes to life. Two orphans arrive at a farm who meet Worzel and join him in the adventures.
Episode 1: The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook
Two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook and it's not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge, the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field. Their world is sent spinning into confusion when they realise he comes to life.
Episode 2:The Green Man
There's another mysterious arrival to Scatterbrook. The Green Man is the creator of scarecrows and keeper of scarecrow lore. He isn't at all happy that Worzel is consorting with humans.
IMDB User Rating 7.5/10
Stevie boy on 28 December 2019 rated the episodes 7/10 and wrote:
I'm a massive Worzel Gummidge fan of the original John Pertwee TV series, I have them all on DVD plus a few books (from my childhood). So I was naturally intrigued as to what this remake, or re-imagining to be more accurate, would be like. I didn't go much on the first episode, Mackenzie Crook just wasn't doing it for me, but the two child actors were well done, as was Aunt Sally (pretty creepy) and Steve Pemberton is always great. Thankfully the second episode was better, story wise and content. Michael Palin as the Green Man (Crow Man in the original series), excellent. What I really did like was the beautiful camera work and the terrific folk music, truly magical. It certainly grew on me, hopefully we'll see more of Worzel and friends in the near furure.
As with the reviewer above I have fond memories of the TV original with the likes of Pertwee and Una Stubbs.
So it was with a little trepidation I approached these two updated versions. But if not quite as cute and funny as the original it was very watchable for a new generation.
The acting talent was excellent both young and old and Mackenzie Crook does an ok job as Worzel, despite some iffy make-up.
Good simple fun for young and old.
MGN Rating 7/10