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By Gummidge, It's Who! (1978)

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  • Publication: The Sun
  • Date: 1978-11-11
  • Author: Philip Phillips
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  • Language: English

AFTER four years, of space-travelling as Dr Who, Jon Pertwee was glad to get his feet back on the ground.

And there can't be anything much more down to earth than his next big television role.

Pertwee is starring as a scarecrow—the celebrated and short-tempered Worzel Gummidge, who literally came to life in Barbara. Euphan Todd's books and on BBC radio back in the days of Children's Hour.

He's going to be centre of a Southern Television series to be shown on the ITV network early next year.

The seven-part series is aimed primarily at children, but with scripts by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, the creators of Billy Liar, Southern can bank on a big adult following as well.

Pertwee, 59, who passed the Who part on to Tom Baker four years ago, almost disappears behind some of the most grotesque make-up ever seen on television for his new role.

Three different sets of make-up, in fact--because the complications of the plot require him to have three different-looking heads.


There's the basic scarecrow head, the "handsome" head and the "learning" head — a professorial affair featuring a goatee beard and rimless spectacles.

Una Stubbs, who played Alf Garnett's daughter in Till Death Us Do Part, will be in the new series as Gummidge's great friend, aunt Sally—who is really a giant skittle.

Jon Pertwee's cousin Bill Pertwee, who played the air raid warden in Dad's Army, is also in the cast.

JON PERTWEE as Gummidge Picture: BRIAN MOODY

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