jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  10th April 2018


‘Worzel Gummidge’ is set to return to our TV screens, it has been revealed.

The books and previous TV series have long been a favourite of Mamma and me and our family, so we welcome the return for the next generation, our grandchildren.

He is a scarecrow that comes to life on Scatterbrook Farm. Worzel stood in ten acre field. He befriended John and Susan who came to stay during the School holidays on the Braithwaites Farm. Worzel would normally land John and Susan into trouble when he was being mischievous, as he would go into a sulk and become a normal lifeless scarecrow. This would lead others to blame the two children for the trouble Worzel caused.

The Worzel Gummidge books differ from the Television adaption, one difference being that in the books Worzel was married to Earthy Mangold. In the first book Aunt Sally (his Femme fatale in the TV series) is only mentioned in one chapter and the character is an antagonistic bully to Worzel. He also seems to get involved with Saucy Nancy too, but that’s another story.

For the Television adaption, Worzel had a collection of interchangeable heads. In the books, the maker of Worzel Gummidge and other scarecrows is not named as the Crowman, but is described as mysterious creator-like figure.

The children’s TV show featured ‘Doctor Who’ star John Pertwee in the titular role in the original series, which ran between 1979 and 1981.

To us dedicated fans Worzel is Jon Pertwee, the way that Jesus is Robert Powell.

One of the reasons I love Worzel so much is because he is the closest character in literature to resemble my goodself, in looks, appearance and intelligence. His relationship with Aunt Sally can resemble mine and Mamma’s too.

We hope the remake is not fake news, but it seems at very, very early stage. Could take a few years before we get to see it.

It’s now been confirmed that Mackenzie Crook, best known for his roles in ‘The Office’ and ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’, is developing a brand new adaption of the books by Barbara Euphan Todd.

It’s understood that the script has yet to be written, but Mackenzie is set to play Worzel.

A spokesman for the actor told Mirror Online: “Mackenzie Crook is currently in the very early stages of developing a contemporary adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s original Worzel Gummidge books as a new TV series for the BBC.”

In the original series, Worzel would come to life and get up to mischief with children John and Susan when they would come to visit Scatterbrook Farm in the school holidays.

One of Worzel’s more memorable features were his interchangeable heads, made from swede, turnip and mangelwurzel, which would give him different skills.

The series made a brief comeback between 1987 and 1989 on Channel 4, which followed Worzel and his love interest Aunt Sally (played by Una Stubbs) as they relocated to New Zealand.

The rights to Worzel Gummidge were up for sale a number of years ago. I would love to have bought them. There is so much you could do with the character.

Still, maybe I’ll do my biography, that should give Worzel, the BBC and Mackenzie Crook a good run for their money.

Changing the subject, I have to say I can never take the Sun newspaper too seriously but today I just love an item on their front page,

It is a photograph of the Queen and David Attenborough sharing a joke. (Maybe they’ve read rujokinggrandad.co.uk’s one liner. Then again probably not as they are laughing.)

Both of them are 91 years old and having a good laugh. I think that’s why they are both so good for 91 years old because they can and do laugh. Laughter has to mean longevity!




  • I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh. Maya Angelou
  • Laughter is the fireworks of the soul. Josh Billings
  • I am grateful for my children, their laughter, and their playfulness. Rosemary Peck,


Happiness is…watching or reading Worzel Gummidge


Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it.


Love is…laughing together


Laughter in the Rain – Neal Sedaka

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