BBC One has set the cast for Worzel Gummidge.
Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone), Sir Michael Palin (Monty Python), Vicki Pepperdine (The Windsors), Steve Pemberton (Benidorm), Rosie Cavaliero (Gentleman Jack), India Brown (Hetty Feather) and newcomer Thierry Wickens are set to star opposite Mackenzie Crook (The Pirates Of The Caribbean) in the two-part adaptation of the books by Barbara Euphan Todd.
Worzel Gummidge follows the titular character, played by Mackenize Crook, who is the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field. Zoë Wanamaker has been cast as eccentric local aristocrat, Lady Bloomsbury Barton; Sir Michael Palin as The Green Man, creator of the scarecrows; Vicki Pepperdine as Aunt Sally; Steve Pemberton as Mr Braithwaite; Rosie Cavaliero as Mrs Braithwaite; India Brown as Susan; and Thierry Wickens as John.
The first episode sees two young strangers arrive in the village of Scatterbrook. It’s not long before Susan and John encounter Worzel Gummidge. Their world is sent spinning into confusion when they realise Gummidge comes to life. The only person more shocked is Worzel, when he discovers that the children are not in fact fellow scarecrows, but humans. Their worlds should never commune but fate has conspired to create an extraordinary union. The seasons have stopped and the harvest hasn’t arrived. The rhythm of the natural world is out of kilter and this unlikely trio must try to put it right. Magic, mystery and mayhem unfurl.
The second episode welcomes 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. Elsewhere, local aristocrat Lady Bloomsbury Barton is holding a fete, with a Scarecrow competition that Worzel is determined to win. What will Worzel’s most competitive rival, Soggy Bogart, and The Green Man make of it all? The series is being produced by Leopard Pictures, Treasure Trove Productions and Lola Entertainment. Crook penned the scripts and is directing. Georgie Fallon is the series producer. The executive producers are Kristian Smith, Lisa Thomas, Mackenzie Crook, Patrick D. Pidgeon and Eric S. Rollman. BBC One is eyeing a late 2019 premiere.