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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.

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