The Worzel Book Cover
The Worzel Book Cover

A new book featuring third Doctor Jon Pertwee in another of his well-known TV roles, Worzel Gummidge was released at the end of June by Miwk Publishing Ltd.

‘The Worzel Book’ is created by Stewart Manning (Dark Shadows) and contains a foreword written by Doctor Who writer/actor and Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss.

Worzel Gummidge is a character created by British writer Barbara Euphan Todd. A talking scarecrow who could change his head from a turnip, a mangelwurzel or a swede to gain different skills. Living in Ten Acre Field, he would often visit the nearby village of Scatterbrook. He was in love with Aunt Sally (Una Stubbs) a vain, cruel-hearted fairground coconut-shy doll and made friends with young brother and sister John and Sue Peters, who often found themselves clearing up the messes Worzel created.

Todd’s children’s stories have been adapted for both radio and television over many years. With Jon Pertwee taking on the role in the ITV series from 1979 to 1981 in the UK before going down under to New Zealand from 1987 to 1989.

‘The Worzel Book’, currently receiving great reviews takes you behind the scenes of the show and will tell you everything you could ever have want to know about the history. Manning’s research is meticulous. It features over 40 of new interviews with cast and crew from the popular show, including Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Geoffrey Bayldon (Doctor Who 1979), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott – Doctor Who) Barbara Windsor (Eastenders) and Lorraine Chase (Emmerdale). Best of all, there are more than 400 photographs in black and white and some in colour, many of them have never been published.

For more info on the book check out its dedicated Facebook page and Twitter @WHGummidge

‘The Worzel Book’ is available to buy now from



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