Mackenzie Crook looks unrecognisable in BBC’s Worzel Gummidge remake

Well, I’ll be bum-swizzled… Worzel Gummidge has had quite a makeover for his TV comeback.

Actor Mackenzie Crook is unrecognisable as the scarecrow as the classic children’s character returns on BBC1.

The 47-year-old, who was in The Office and Detectorists, also wrote and directed the two 60-minute films, out soon.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the BBC to bring Worzel Gummidge to a new generation.”

Shane Allen, BBC controller of comedy commissioning, added that the actor’s “visionary” reinterpretation is “a family-friendly comedy”.

The show is not a reboot of the original series, but a contemporary adaptation of the original books.

Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee played Worzel on ITV from 1977 to 1981 and C4 from 1987 to 1989.

Worzel famously had a set of interchangeable heads, made from turnip, swede and other things, with each one giving him a special skilll.

The books were adapted for radio and TV a number of times, but the incarnation with Pertwee was the best known.

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