Trivia / The Worst Witch

  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Enid Nightshade in the books is described as a Huge Schoolgirl with hair the "colour of milky tea". She's played in the TV series by Jessica Fox who is very petite and has darker hair - but is wonderfully spunky and captures Enid's personality perfectly.
    • A necessary one due to a change in character. Miss Drill's appearance is not described but the illustrations show her as a hard-faced Brawn Hilda. In the TV series where she is a Cool Teacher, she's played by the more athletically built and kind-faced Clare Porter.
  • Acting for Two: The actress playing Miss Cackle (in the adaptations) also plays her evil twin sister Agatha.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Jill Murphy preferred the TV series to the Made-for-TV Movie. She did however say she felt the earlier episodes were better (before the show had to invent new material to expand from the books).
  • Dawson Casting: For the most part, averted. None of the actresses for the show were over eighteen. The fourth season was even relocated to a college setting because Georgina Sherrington was too old to believably still be in school.
  • Fake Brit: Canadian actress Claire Coulter puts on a British accent to play Miss Cackle in the TV series.
  • International Coproduction: The series was co-producted by HTV, a UK company, and Gala Films, a Canadian company.
  • No Export for You: This is an odd example, but the entire series, including Weirdsister College, The New Worst Witch and the movie from the 80's, is available on dvd ... in Australia. Thankfully for fans of the show, however, the Region Coding on the box is wrong. The discs are set for region 0, not region 4.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Famously with Katy Allen replacing Felicity Jones as Ethel in Season 2. Actually explained as Ethel giving herself a magical disguise to stop people thinking she's related to Sybil. Jones returned as Ethel for Weirdsister College.
    • Miss Hardbroom is played by Kate Duchêne in the original TV series and Weirdsister College, but the role was taken over by Caroline O'Neill for The New Worst Witch.
    • Fenella Feverfew is played by Emily Stride in Season 1-2 and Julia Melowski in Season 3.
    • Chief Wizard Egbert Hellibore is played by Terrence Hardiman in Season 1, but replaced with Richard Durden for one episode in Season 2. Hardiman returns to play him in Season 3.
  • Playing Against Type: In the TV movie, Miss Hardbroom was played by Diana Rigg - who at that point was more famous for playing glamorous Action Girls in spy movies.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The change in actress for Ethel was apparently due to Felicity Jones missing home too much while filming Season 1.
  • Same Language Dub: The American broadcast of the series dubbed American accents over the British dialogue. Clare Coulter dubbed her own voice with her natural accent. Kate Duchene was the only one who kept her voice in the dub.
  • Working Title: Weirdsister College had a working title of The Worst Witch: The College Years (and ended up being used in an autumn CITV promo.)
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