Worzel Gummidge trailer gives first glimpse of sentient scarecrow

The scarecrow, played by Mackenzie Crook can be seen returning a lost phone to a pair of foster children

Thierry Wickens (John), India Brown (Susan) and Mackenzie Crook (Worzel) in BBC1's Worzel Gummidge

Mackenzie Crook’s update of classic family sitcom Worzel Gummidge looks set to be one of the highlights of the festive TV calendar – and fans have been given a glimpse at what they can expect from the adaptation.

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A new trailer shows two foster children arriving at the fictional Scatterbrook farm and coming across the eponymous scarecrow, only for him to come to life when one of the kids accidentally leaves their iPhone on the ground.

Worzel Gummidge, played by Crook, can be heard saying: “Talking to humans is not allowed, and that’s the way it’s always been.”

The sentient scarecrow was first made popular by former Doctor John Pertwee, who portrayed the character in the original series in the 1970s and 80s.

The upcoming version, which will comprise of two episodes, boasts an array of British acting talent, including Zoe Wanamaker, Michael Palin and Steve Pemberton.

These two new hour-long episodes are titled The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook and The Green Man, and they will air on BBC One on Boxing Day and December 27th respectively.

The episodes were penned by Crook himself, who said, “I’m thrilled to be back working with the BBC and many members of the Detectorists team to bring Worzel Gummidge to a new generation of viewers and reintroduce him to old friends.

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“Adapting Barbara Euphan Todd’s books into these two films has been a joy and I’ve completely fallen for her charming, irreverent scarecrow.”