The nation’s favourite scarecrow is back on our screens in a Christmas special (Picture: Getty)
There’s nothing like a touch of nostalgia for the sleepy period between Christmas and New Year, and BBC One is serving it up in spades with two new episodes of Worzel Gummidge.
The specials see the misfit farm-dweller getting up to more adventures: in Twitchers (Tuesday, December 28), he’ll attempt to live up to his job of scaring birds when an interesting new flock appear on the farm.
Then, in Calliope Jane (Wednesday, December 29), Mr Peregrine’s travelling fair arrives in town. Though Worzel desperately wants to attend, he can’t risk being seen by the humans of the village – although there may be a magical way of getting around this.
Here is all you need to know ahead of the specials.
Who is in the cast of the new Worzel Gummidge series?
Both written and directed by actor Mackenzie Crook, the BBC series Worzel Gummidge also stars Mackenzie in the leading role as walking, talking scarecrow Worzel who helps siblings Susan and John save troubled Scatterbrook Farm.
Bill Bailey appears as Mr Peregrine (Picture: BBC)
Steve Pemberton is back as Mr Braithwaite, as well as Rosie Cavaliero as Mrs Braithwaite and Vicki Pepperdine as Aunt Sally.
Last year’s Strictly Come Dancing champion Bill Bailey will appear as Mr Peregrine in Wednesday’s episode, Calliope Jane, while Nneka Okoye plays the titular role.
Toby Jones played six roles in the Guy Forks episode that aired in November, portraying the entire Village Committee: the Baker, Butcher, Mayor, Postmaster, Publican, and Alderman.
Where was the new Worzel Gummidge series filmed?
Though the programme is mostly set in the fictional town of Scatterbrook, many scenes of 2021’s run of Worzel Gummidge episodes were filmed in places you can go and visit yourself.
All of the scenes at Scatterbrook Farm were filmed at Valence End Farm, a real, functioning farm just outside Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
It’s next door to Whipsnade Zoo, so you can make a trip to see some exotic animals on the same journey.
Furthermore, Ten Acre Field, where Worzel calls home, was filmed in country land close to Berry Bushes Farm in King’s Langley, Hertfordshire.
If this area sounds familiar to any Harry Potter fans, there’s a good reason why: it’s a short journey from Warner Bros. studios at Leavesden, home of The Making of Harry Potter tour.
The Worzel Gummidge Christmas special airs tonight on BBC One at 7.15pm.
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