Literature / Worzel Gummidge
began life as a 1936 children's book called Worzel Gummidge
or The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook
by British author Barabara Euphan Todd. It tells the story of two kids who are staying at a farm in the country and meet Worzel Gummidge, the farm's scarecrow who can come to life. Nine other books were written by Todd; she later penned a radio show featuring the character and a 4-episode TV show for the BBC in 1953.
The character's biggest success would come several years after Todd's death, in a live-action TV series starring former Doctor
and childhood fan of the original books
, Jon Pertwee
. The show lasted four seasons in the UK and an additional two were made in New Zealand. The Pertwee series had many radical changes from Todd's original stories, such as eliminating his wife, a scarecrow named Earthy Mangold and making another supporting character, Aunt Sally, who was his real Aunt in books, his sort of a girlfriend, and adding the Crow Man, Worzel's creator.
Worzel Gummidge provides examples of the following tropes: