26 December 2019 22:36
Worzel Gummidge soundtrack: Who performs the songs in new TV version? Picture: BBC By Tom Eames Worzel Gummidge is back on our screens in a fantastic new adaptation from Mackenzie Crook. The classic 1970s children's show - based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd - has been reimagined for 2019 by actor and writer Mackenzie Crook, star of The Office and Detectorists. The new version premiered on BBC One on Boxing Day, with a second episode following the next day. It stars Crook as the scarecrow title character, with guest stars including Sir Michael Palin, Steve Pemberton and Zoe Wanamaker.
One of the highlights of the new series is its stunning folk soundtrack, but who performs the memorable music? Northumberland band The Unthanks have written and performed the soundtrack for Worzel Gummidge, having previously provided two songs for Crook's previous sitcom Detectorists. The Unthanks are led by sisters Becky and Rachel Unthank, alongside Adrian McNally, Niopha Keegan and Chris Price. One song on the soundtrack is titled 'The Scarecrow Knows', which you can hear a snippet of below: The Worzel Gummidge soundtrack was mainly devised and scored by Unthanks pianist and producer Adrian McNally, with futher contributions from Rachel Unthank, and performed by the whole band. Sadly, the soundtrack is currently unavailable to stream or buy, but fingers crossed it will be made available in the near future.
Listen to 'Magpie' by The Unthanks below: Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from mirror - celebs Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Worzel Gummidge terrified viewers tonight when he returned to screens for a new BBC adaptation. The famous scarecrow, played by The Office star Mackenzie Crook, was back for a two-part Christmas special. The new series received glowing reviews from viewers, who were immediately taken back to their childhood. However, some scared viewers feared they would be having nightmares all over again. Mackenzie's Worzel was compared to A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. (Image: BBC/Leopard Pictures/Matt Burlem) (Image: BBC/Leopard Pictures/Amanda Searle) One viewer tweeted: "Hope there aint too many wee kids watching this, poor things will be scared s***less." "Jesus Mary and Joseph Worzel scared me as a kid, this one's going to give me bloody nightmares," added another. A third said: "I've only seen pics from the new #WorzelGummidge but has no one asked why he looks like the lovechild of Freddy Kruger & an Ood? I'm already terrified! "As someone who is terrified of scarecrows due to Jeepers Creepers #WorzelGummidge is not helping!!!," said a fourth. Despite some initial fears, the new series received high praise from tonnes of viewers who fell in love with the new adaptation. One fan said: "This is fantastic. Mackenzie Crook-what a great writer and director. Perfect Boxing Day viewing" "Mackenzie Crook is an understated genius: #WorzelGummidge is SO atmospheric. Loved his nod to the old series when he said 50/50 chance, guessing which way he would fall every week is an early memory. I hope kids latch onto this like we did," added another. A third said: "I'm half watching my 7 year old while watching #WorzelGummidge This is why its lovely bring back an old classic with a modern story. He's engrossed. He's the real critic. Fresh eyes enjoying an old idea." There have been some major changes to the new adaptation from the previous outing. In the original TV series, Aunt Sally and Worzel were very much in love, but she has been replaced by a darker version. Actress Vicki Pepperdine has told how her version of the fairground doll is a far cry from the 1980s character made famous by Una Stubbs. She said: "Our Aunt Sally, like the Aunt Sally in the original 1930s books, has been retired from fairground work and is now residing in a dusty old museum and doesn't get out. She's quite lonely, and angry that she's been left 'to rot'." (Image: BBC/Leopard Pictures/Amanda Searle) Mackenzie has revealed that he tested the show out on his own children Jude, 16, and 11-year-old Scout. He said: "As I was writing it I was reading it to them and I could quite easily see the bits they found funny and the bits that lost their interest. "Kids these days are actually into conservation, it is not a chore or something they are being preached at about. "My daughter specifically is all about the environment and recycling – it is a fun thing for her rather than a chore so hopefully they will embrace it." *Worzel Gummidge, BBC1, Boxing Day, 6.20pm.