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Entertainment Worzel Gummidge is back with an important message

18:00  18 december  2019
18:00  18 december  2019 Source:   goodhousekeeping.com

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Worzel Gummidge is a walking, talking scarecrow character in British children's fiction who originally appeared in a series of books by the English novelist Barbara Euphan Todd.

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Many fans of the original Worzel Gummidge series starring John Pertwee will be eager to know how the BBC's 2019 reboot compares. While the new adaptation from Mackenzie Crook returns to Scatterbrook Farm and centres on Susan, John and eccentric scarecrow Worzel Gummidge, just as the original did, there's a key difference.

Since the series aired in the late '70s and early '80s there has, of course, been a shift towards acknowledging environmental issues and working to decrease humankind's harmful impact on the natural world.

This is undeniably a key feature of the two new specials, airing on Boxing Day and 27 December on BBC One. Storylines allude to climate change and the effects of discarded single use plastic in relation to the British countryside and its decline, which involves a reduced number of woodland animals, butterflies and wildflowers.

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Michael Palin, who plays The Green Man, said this message is what attracted him to join the cast.

"It was a wonderful script, it had something to say, it had some substance to it. Very funny, but also quite moving and it says stuff about where we are now. The Green Man, apart from looking like a walking tree, is the spirit of the old countryside and that’s really, really important and something Mackenzie obviously feels strongly about, the fact it’s disappearing," he said.

Mackenzie Crook who wrote the adaptation, directed the two episodes and stars as Worzel decided "very soon" after taking on the project this was an important focus for him.

"Very soon after I decided I was interested in doing this adaptation I thought absolutely it’s the right vehicle for getting across some sort of environmental message. Hopefully it’s not in a preachy way, I don’t want it to be annoying," he told Goodhousekeeping.com/uk and other press ahead of the show's launch.

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"We’re out there in the countryside so we might as well weave that message in... it seems natural," he added.

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Single use plastic is an issue tackled in Worzel Gummidge 2.0, as Susan and John have to use their smarts (and magical connections) to solve a problem that's all too commonplace.

"That seems to be the easiest and most visible thing we can be doing, not using single use plastic. I can see within a year or two that will be banned and we won’t be able to believe in such recent past we were able to use single use plastic," Mackenzie said.

He added that a recent "horrifying" experience hit home the scale of the damage.

"[I was] in a woodland recently in Essex, I was cleaning up and I found a Marathon wrapper. Marathons turned to Snickers in 1990 so that had been sitting there for 30 years at least, you could still read everything on it. That was horrifying to find that," he said.

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India Brown, who plays smart and headstrong Susan hopes audiences take the message on board, saying:

"I do hope people watch this and change the world because it’s the kids in this, us two, who are trying to show this message that we need to all get involved."

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With a limited amount of time on air, this impact is ambitious but the adaptation has undeniably delivered an important message in the form of a poignant and persuasive story. So far, Worzel is back for two episodes, but Mackenzie is hoping "there's a lot more" to come. Watch this space.

Worzel Gummidge airs Boxing Day at 6.20pm and 27 December at 9pm on BBC One.

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