Mackenzie Crook

BBC One commissions new Worzel Gummidge film

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Inspired by Barbara Euphan Todd’s classic books, Mackenzie Crook has penned another magical adventure for the whole family.

Crook plays Worzel Gummidge, the mischievous scarecrow who causes mayhem in the lives of brother and sister John (Thierry Wickens) and Susan (India Brown).

When Worzel takes John and Susan to a scrapyard, he overhears a foul-mouthed old friend whingeing away, Saucy Nancy – the carved figurehead of a ship detached from her vessel.

The shy genius of Mackenzie Crook

Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook star in Detectorists (Credit: BBC)

For many actors, physique is destiny. If Brad Pitt and Danny DeVito had each other’s bodies, they would probably have each other’s careers.

Tall, thin, gaunt and with deep-set eyes, Mackenzie Crook was probably bound to be asked regularly to play men on the spectrum from ill-at-ease through weird to extremist.

The best-known of these malcontents are creepy army reservist Gareth Keenan in The Office and Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

BBC Four comedy Detectorists returns for a third series

Written, directed and starring Mackenzie Crook (Andy), Detectorists will return this year with six new episodes.

Also starring Toby Jones (Lance) and Rachael Stirling as Becky, Andy’s wife, the new series continues on from the Christmas Special that saw Lance battling the ‘curse of the gold’ after finding an Anglo-Saxon treasure.