THE WORZEL BOOK
released OUT NOW! 342 pages | Paperback Author stuart Manning Publisher Miwk Publishing
This exceptionally good making-of book puts the spotlight on Third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s other big TV series: Worzel Gummidge.
Also covers late ’80s Kiwi spin-off Worzel Gummidge Down Under.
Meticulously researched, it uses archive documents for both the companies who made the show.
Also draws on dozens of new interviews with cast and crew – plus Pertwee’s son, Sean.
Very well illustrated, with design sketches, on-set Polaroids, and ephemera.
The lion’s share is an episode guide – which even details script edits.
Also looks at previous BBC Worzels (for both radio and TV), a 1979 musical, a never-made Irish TV series, and the Look-In strip.
Great fact one: they once offered a role to Kate Bush!
Great fact two: Worzel’s unsightly warts were actually Sugar Puffs.