Tonight we finally reached the end of Worzel Gummidge, and what a fun ride it was. The last episode sees the Crowman contracted to provide the best possible scarecrow to Zoo Nealand’s governor general, and so it turns into a competition, an Olympic Games if you like, between Worzel, Blighty Tater, Wattle Hearthbrush, and two others. This is interesting, because all five are barely competent messes without any self-control. As much as we like the local Crowman, we can’t help but notice that just about all of the scarecrows in Britain did what they were told for the most part, and stayed in their assigned fields. Worzel was the exception; down under it’s the rule.
So we bid goodbye to Ellie Smith’s and Danny Mulheron’s characters just as we were getting to know them. Jon Pertwee kept pushing to get somebody to make more episodes – after all, it meant lucrative personal appearance fees if he had a series on television – but 53 installments was the limit, which is more than a lot of British kids’ shows managed. Our son enjoyed them all, and even if I raised an eyebrow sometimes about the last two series, they were usually able to do something new and strange and, often, really funny. There’s a gag in this one about a sandwich gone green with mold that had us giggling uncontrollably. It’s an absolutely fine show, and even if I wish it all could have been restored properly before repackaging it, I’m very glad I bought the set. We had a blast.
Image: 45 Worlds.