Mackenzie Crook preparing to bring Worzel Gummidge back to TV

The Office star looks set to play the role made famous on television by Doctor Who's Jon Pertwee

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Mackenzie Crook attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 2, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Mackenzie Crook is set to bring Worzel Gummidge back to our TV screens.

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A spokesperson for Crook confirmed to RadioTimes.com that the actor – best know for his work on Detectorists, Pirates of The Caribbean and The Office – is currently working on the script for an adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s original children’s book series for the BBC.

“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,” a spokesperson for Crook said.

Crook has been tipped for sometime to step into the lead role as Gummidge, a talking scarecrow who was famously played by Doctor Who’s Jon Pertwee in the 1980s.

The new show will not serve as a reboot of the original series, but a contemporary adaptation of Euphan Todd’s books, according to the Telegraph.

The original, Pertwee-fronted series, which ran between 1979-81 on ITV before returning as a co-production between Channel 4 and Television New Zealand from 1987-89, saw the scarecrow come to life on Scatterbrook Farm and cause mischief with children John and Susan who visited the farm on their holidays.

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It featured guest appearances from Barbara Windsor, Billy Connolly, Billy Maynard, Lorraine Chase and Bernard Cribbins.