New episode of rebooted Worzel Gummidge on the way

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Mackenzie Crook will return as the Scarecrow of Ten Acre Field for a brand new instalment of the series…

A new episode of Worzel Gummidge will come to BBC One later this year, it’s been announced. Mackenzie Crook’s guest stars in the new episode, which is called Saucy Nancy, will be Shirley Henderson as the titular Nancy, and Vanessa Redgrave as Peg.

Here’s an official synopsis of the episode, via the Beeb:

“When Worzel Gummidge, Susan and John visit a scrapyard, Worzel overhears the grumbling of a foul-mouthed old friend – the carved ship’s figurehead, Saucy Nancy. She has been languishing, unsold in the yard for years and longs to return to the sea. Worzel and the kids promise to get her there, but will her ship be waiting? Worzel doubts it, but Nancy is convinced. She can feel it in her carvings. Adventure unfurls, as the strange foursome navigate their way to the coast on foot, by bus, wheelbarrow, motorbike and sidecar.

“It was never going to be straightforward. In a rare trip out of Scatterbrook, Worzel gets to see a wild moorland and the spectacular white cliffs of Seashell that provide the backdrop to this story of friendship and belonging.”

Crook will return to writing and directing duties on the episode, as well as starring in the lead role.

“What is it with Mackenzie and shows set in a field? Following on from last year’s bucolic eco-fables we find Worzel in mischievous form dispensing his sun-baked wit and wisdom in another heartwarming tale”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen in a statement. “This cements BBC One’s unique reputation as the home of UK family comedy drama.”

More details will be forthcoming, and we’ll keep you posted.