Thorley Walters as

Episodes 54

February 25, 1979

As John, Sue and Mr. Peters are all driving to their new home, a Romany Caravan at Scatterbrook Farm, John sees a Scarecrow in a field and claims to see it move. Later John persuades his sister to go back to the field, Ten-Acre field, to have a closer look at the Scarecrow, but once there, it starts raining. With no other option, other than to get soaked, John asks the Scarecrow if they can lend his umbrella, to which the Scarecrow replies with a deep OO - AARR! sending the terrified children running for home. Later that evening Worzel turns up at Scatterbrook to claim back his umbrella, and anything else he can find.

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March 4, 1979

During a torrential downpour Worzel leaves his post and heads for the cosy warmth of John and Sue’s Romany Caravan at Scatterbrook. Unfortunately John won’t let him in. even though Worzel promises to teach them Worzelese, the Scarecrow language, so instead Worzel shelters in the old barn where he keeps his heads. After a few minutes John and Sue join him and, as he has no furniture, promise him an old chair that Mrs. Braithwaite is throwing out. The next day the Village wakes up to a crime wave, Worzel has been up since cock’s crow stealing furniture and has set up home in one of the back fields.

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Aunt Sally

1x3
March 11, 1979

There is a Village fete on and there is one attraction that Worzel can’t miss, an Aunt Sally. However before he can go he must solve a problem, who will take his place in Ten-Acre field whilst he goes to the fete? As luck would have it Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton, the local ‘Lady of the Manor’, happens to be passing and Worzel decides to ask her if she’ll swap with him for the afternoon, she, however thinks Worzel is about to attack her and so runs off screaming, leaving her hat behind. In the end Worzel turns up at the fete wearing, not only Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton’s hat, but also Mr. Peters’ brown suit, which he has stolen earlier. Unfortunately Worzel is spotted by Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton and is chased around the fete until John and Sue gesture him to hide in a tent to evade his pursuers. Once inside the tent Worzel discovers he has company, Aunt Sally.

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The Crowman

1x4
March 18, 1979

Worzel wants a wife and so he asks The Crowman to make him a ‘handsome head’, spotting an opportunity for Worzel to learn a lesson the Crowman agrees. He tells Worzel that, in return for one of his own heads, he can have the loan of a head which he has made for a ‘decorative scarecrow’ ordered by Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton. The next day Worzel turns up at Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton’s Hall to pick up his new hansdome head from the Crowman who is working there. However, he is not the only one working there that day. Mr. Peters is also there, re-wiring the hall, and chaos quickly ensues when Worzel is asked to help him.

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March 25, 1979

After losing his arm yet again Worzel is sick of people like John Peters calling him stupid, so he sets about the arduous task of locating his ‘clever head’. After searching high and low Worzel finally remembers where he’s hidden it, in the chimney of the local school, the one that John and Sue go to. Worzel gets on the school roof and puts on his clever head. However getting down is not so easy and Worzel soon begins to draw attention to himself by making a racket. Miss Jamieson, John and Sue’s schoolteacher is so bothered by this noise that she goes out to investigate. When she sees Worzel she asks him what he’s doing on the roof and Worzel, feeling cocky in his clever head, demands a ‘satisfactory question’. The schoolteacher fires difficult questions at Worzel and, to her amazement, he gets them all right. She decides to tell Mr. Foster, the HeadMaster, that she has discovered a ‘genius’ on the school roof.

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April 1, 1979

As Usual Worzel is up and about the Village bright and early and on his rounds stops to steal a pint of milk, for his Robin red - breast, and a News-paper, with Aunt Sally’s picture in it. Later on, as Sue is reading Worzel the article, about Aunt Sally being stolen at the Village Fete, Mr. Braithwaite bursts in the barn and sends John and Sue to Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton’s with a box of apples. Whilst there the two see that Aunt Sally is there also, working as a maid. On their return to Scatterbrook Sue rushes to Ten - Acre field to tell Worzel where Aunt Sally is and, as soon as he can, he goes to the hall to see her.

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April 8, 1979

Mrs. Bloomsbury - Barton sacks Aunt Sally and, as she is homeless, she turns up at Worzel’s barn. As soon as she arrives she starts telling Worzel, Sue and John about where she is going to go next, this prompts John into saying how boring the village is. Sue protests and brings up the fact that there is a Village dance on that evening and Aunt Sally and Worzel decide to go. Before that however they both agree that they need clothes to wear to the dance and so visit the local museum to pinch some. At the dance Worzel finds the music boring and so asks the band for a request, ‘The Scarecrow Hop’, which is a roaring success.

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January 6, 1980

Worzel stows away on the village coach outing to the seasidewhere he meets the Saucy Nancy. Nancy tells him that she saw Aunt Sally floating in the sea, but unknown to them, she has been rescued by a fairground operator...

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Worzel's Nephew

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January 13, 1980

Worzel recieves an unexpected visit from his Cockney nephew, Pickles Bramble. The youngster gets a job on the Braithwaite's farm and blackmail's Worzel into doing all the work. Worzel has to come up with a scheme to rid himself of the troublesome relative...

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A Fishy Tale

2x3
January 20, 1980

While trying his hand at "wangling" in Mrs Bloomsbury-Barton's fishpond, Worzel is mistaken for an odd job man ...

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January 27, 1980

Worzel is worried when a salesman tries to convince Mr. Braithwaite to replace him with an electric rook scarer...

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February 3, 1980

Mrs Bloomsbury-Barton tries to impress the guests at her dinner party by hiring a butler and parlour maid for the event. Unfortunetly for her, the jobs are given to Worzel and Aunt Sally...

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February 10, 1980

Worzel and Aunt Sally enter the talent contest at the village hall. Their plan to perform as a double act soon turns sour...

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Fire Drill

2x7
February 17, 1980

When Mrs. Bloomsbury-Barton holds a bonfire party, her choice of Guy to burn on it causes Worzel some alarm...

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February 24, 1980

Worzel rescues Aunt Sally from inside a dishwasher at a junkshop and in return she promises to marry him...

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Moving On

3x1
November 1, 1980

The Braithwaite's and the Peters’ have been on holiday in Tenerife and return home to a very unpleasant and unwelcome surprise. While they’ve been away Worzel and Aunt Sally have moved into their farmhouse, eaten all their food and completely wrecked the place! Mr. Braithwaite finds what he believes to be just his old scarecrow and an old doll, Aunt Sally, and so puts the damage down to vandals. As they clear up the mess a newcomer, Mrs Cousins, comes along and takes away Aunt Sally for her daughter, Emma, and of course Worzel follows. When the coast is clear Worzel drags Aunt Sally away but their reunion is short-lived. The fair is passing through the village and Aunt Sally jumps on their wagon and joins them. Worzel, not to be beaten, grabs the Crowman’s trike and follows her as the disapproving Crowman follows on foot.

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November 8, 1980

Worzel and Aunt Sally are both employed at the fair but Worzel, as usual, has a problem. Aunt Sally is walking out with ‘The Great Orlando’, the strongman. After being let down by Aunt Sally yet again Worzel goes for a walk and meets up with ‘Dolly Clothes - Peg’, an ex shop window dummy who is currently employed as a makeshift Scarecrow. She explains to Worzel how the Crowman had brought her to life and they both decide to go for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the local tea room. Unfortunately Aunt Sally is already there and, to make matters worse, so is ‘The Great Orlando’.

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November 15, 1980

Worzel is skulking around the farmyard with a purpose in mind. Firstly he steals Mr. Braithwaite’s flat cap, then Mrs Braithwaite’s scarf and finally Harry’s welding goggles. It turns out that he’s putting together a driving outfit, but this drive is no ordinary drive. Worzel has decided that he’s going with the Braithwaite’s on their weekly shopping trip to LittleMinster, but Worzel isn’t traveling with them in the car, he’s traveling on the car. Along the way Worzel causes havoc, people fall into ditches or off their bicycles, but it’s in Little Minster itself that Worzel draws the most attention to himself. Luckily however the Crowman is there to get him out of trouble.

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November 22, 1980

Mrs Bloomsbury - Barton has sold her hall to a Colonel Bloodstock who is bringing all his belongings into the village via Rail. Also traveling by rail is a package for Mr. Shepherd, Aunt Sally. Unfortunately Aunt Sally gets taken up to the hall with the Colonel’s furniture and, when she arrives manages to convince him that she is a maid and that she comes along with the Hall. She does not however reach the Hall unobserved. From a field Worzel sees everything and decides to go up to the Hall to visit her. When Worzel arrives though he gets a less than warm reception, in fact he is thrown out of the Hall by Aunt Sally and finally seen off the premises courtesy of Colonel Bloodstock and his shotgun. Worzel realizes the only way he can rescue Aunt Sally is to go and see the Crowman and ask him for a ‘brave head’.

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Worzel's Wager

3x5
November 29, 1980

Worzel has a dead cert racing tip courtesy of his Robin so, as he is desperate for five pounds, he decides to place a bet. Unfortunately though before he has a chance he’s thrown out of the betting shop when it emerges he has no money. Meanwhile the rest of the village, including Harry, are gearing up for the annual dog race. Worzel however is still no nearer to fathoming out a way to make his five pounds so he decides to take a nap in a field and, as if things weren’t bad enough, he gets caught up in a combined harvester. As usual thought the Crowman is on hand to put him back together. Once repaired the Crowman gives Worzel a task, to look after his dog, Ratter, for him whilst he goes to fix another Scarecrow, ‘Scratty Swedehead’. As soon as the Crowman leaves Worzel has an idea. To enter Ratter in the local Dog Race.

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December 6, 1980

Sue and John go up to Ten - Acre field to give Worzel a present, a bowl of Black Forest Gateaux mix but, when they arrive, they find a different Scarecrow at Worzel’s post, Dafthead. It turns out that Dafthead has put a bucket on Worzel’s head, tied him up and then dumped him in his barn before stealing his post. Sue and John free Worzel and the trio head up to Ten - Acre to confront Dafthead. When they arrive Dafthead is still eating the cake mix so Worzel tries to outsmart him. Unfortunately Dafthead, who has all of Worzel’s heads rolled into one, is too clever so Worzel decides to go and see the Crowman to see if he has any ideas.

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Captain Worzel

3x7
December 13, 1980

Mr Shepherd is purposefully taking Aunt Sally on a canal boat holiday through West Chester in order to see a museum owner, Mr. Pursglove, who he believes wishes to purchase Aunt Sally. However before he can leave Worzel spies Aunt Sally in the back of his car and decides to jump in and stow away with them. At the boatyard Worzel gets out of the car to explore and ends up seeing a face he recognizes, Saucy Nancy. Worzel climbs aboard her boat but, unfortunately it’s the same boat Mr Shepherd has hired and so both of them are there when Aunt Sally gets aboard and, of course, a fight ensues.

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Choir Practice

3x8
December 20, 1980

It’s harvest festival time and Worzel is on loan to the Vicar in order to keep the Starlings out of the Church rafters. Worzel isn’t the only newcomer at the Church, the Vicar also has an orphan called Samantha staying with him. Worzel is posted in the graveyard but, as night falls, he becomes scared and frightened of the ghosts. Meanwhile the Church choir are practicing for the harvest festival service but as the orphan Samantha draws attention to herself in a pure white smock John and Sue realize who she really is, Aunt Sally. Once the choir is in full swing Aunt Sally slips away in order to get back to the Vicarage first so she can eat all the supper that Mrs Braithwaite has prepared. She must first however cross the graveyard. As soon as Worzel catches sight of the figure in white he is off, he heads for the Vicarage. He gets there first and when Aunt Sally comes along he realizes there was no ghost, but if you’re in the choir there’s plenty of tea and cake. The next day Worzel returns in his singing head and joins the choir.

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December 27, 1980

It’s Christmas Eve and Worzel’s feeling the cold. However any hopes he has of a Christmas holiday are dashed when the Crowman, canny to Worzel’s ways, ties him to his post in Ten-Acre field and points him North as he does with all Scarecrows. This is because Santa Claus uses the Scarecrows as landmarks to guide him back home after he has delivered all the gifts. As an extra security measure he also threatens to ban Worzel from the Scarecrow ball the following evening if he leaves his post. However all this is in vain as five minutes later John and Sue turn up and untie Worzel who immediately heads for Farmer Braithwaite’s barn to dig out his party-going head. He finds it and heads up to the hall to find Aunt Sally who he intends to take to the Scarecrow ball. Unfortunately Worzel soon discovers that it is months since she left the hall and so all he succeeds in doing is getting shot at by Col. Bloodstock Unabashed by this Worzel continues his search and meets up with the Saucy Nancy who is living on a Pantomime Showboat on wheels! The reunion however is short lived when he is set upon by the boat’s owner and PC Parsons. Of course Worzel escapes and then, as luck would have it, he runs into Aunt Sally who has fallen on hard times and is selling bundles of kindling wood from a hand cart at 50 pence a bundle. As usual Worzel takes over her duties from her but, will they reach the Scarecrow ball and, more importantly, will the Crowman let them in?

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December 27, 1980

It’s Christmas Eve and Worzel’s feeling the cold. However any hopes he has of a Christmas holiday are dashed when the Crowman, canny to Worzel’s ways, ties him to his post in Ten-Acre field and points him North as he does with all Scarecrows. This is because Santa Claus uses the Scarecrows as landmarks to guide him back home after he has delivered all the gifts. As an extra security measure he also threatens to ban Worzel from the Scarecrow ball the following evening if he leaves his post. However all this is in vain as five minutes later John and Sue turn up and untie Worzel who immediately heads for Farmer Braithwaite’s barn to dig out his party-going head. He finds it and heads up to the hall to find Aunt Sally who he intends to take to the Scarecrow ball. Unfortunately Worzel soon discovers that it is months since she left the hall and so all he succeeds in doing is getting shot at by Col. Bloodstock Unabashed by this Worzel continues his search and meets up with the Saucy Nancy who is living on a Pantomime Showboat on wheels! The reunion however is short lived when he is set upon by the boat’s owner and PC Parsons. Of course Worzel escapes and then, as luck would have it, he runs into Aunt Sally who has fallen on hard times and is selling bundles of kindling wood from a hand cart at 50 pence a bundle. As usual Worzel takes over her duties from her but, will they reach the Scarecrow ball and, more importantly, will the Crowman let them in?

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December 27, 1980

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December 27, 1980

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Muvvers Day

4x1
June 12, 1981

After being driven out of the Village Baby Contest Worzel decides he wants his Mum. The only person who can help him is the Crowman who deduces that a Scarecrow called ‘Sarah Pigswill’ was made from a row of turnips which, twelve months later, seeded Worzel. Technically making her Worzel’s mother. The wheels are set in motion and Worzel prepares for the arrival of his Mother on his ‘bestest birthday. Unfortunately Worzel soon realizes that her ideas of a birthday tea and his own are very, very different.

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June 19, 1981

A letter is delivered to Scatterbrook but no-one, save for John and Sue, recognize the name of the person it is addressed to—Worzel Gummidge. When they find Worzel they discover the Crowman is fixing him up and so the Crowman reads the letter for him. It is from ‘Dolly Clothes-Peg’ who writes that she is coming to see Worzel on the ‘eleventy-twelve’ bus and that she is bringing a big cake for him. Unfortunately she spends all her money, including her bus-fare, on the cake and so she has to walk to Scatterbrook. When she doesn’t arrive on the bus Worzel thinks she is not coming and becomes upset, but worse is yet to come.

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The Jumbly Sale

4x3
June 26, 1981

It’s the day of the Village Jumble Sale and Worzel has decided that he’s going along to get himself a new outfit so that he can impress Aunt Sally into marrying him. Meanwhile Mr. Shepherd has decided to make a contribution of his own to the Jumble Sale, Aunt Sally. When Worzel arrives at the Jumble Sale he finds Aunt Sally in a box outside and decides to rescue her. Unfortunately as he’s trying to free her he pulls off one of her legs and, before he can put things right, is chased away by PC Parsons. Worzel is distraught by the event and decides to end it all. He goes to see the Crowman to ask him to dig him into the compost heap.

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July 3, 1981

The Crowman has dispatched pigeons to round up Aunt Sally and Worzel. When they arrive at the Crowman’s abode they discover why. The Crowman has heard about a cake fight the pair have had at the Bishop’s tea party. He explains to them that, due to their recent absenteeism, they are both in bad books with their owners. The Crowman has therefore decided that the safest place for them is to stay with him until the fuss has died down. However he wants them to both earn their keep. Worzel is to be the Crowman’s valet and Aunt Sally is to act as Parlor Maid. Unfortunately things don’t go the way the Crowman plans when it emerges that Aunt Sally is making Worzel do all the work.

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July 10, 1981

Worzel cannot believe his ears when Aunt Sally accepts his proposal of marriage, but almost in the same breath he is rejected. Worzel enlists the help of John and Sue and between them they discover that there are two Aunt Sally’s in the Village. The children are so worried about the effect two Aunt Sally’s may have on Worzel that they go to see the Crowman. However the Crowman reacts in his usual fashion, concluding that Worzel must deal with it himself.

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The Golden Hind

4x6
July 17, 1981

The Golden Hind, a new fish n’ Chip shop has opened in the village. As usual Worzel is wandering about the village and when he smells the fish n’ chips he wants some. He is just about to enter the establishment when he meets the shop’s mascot, a ship’s figurehead called ‘Jolly Jack’. Jack explains to Worzel what fish n’ Chips are and that he is a friend of Saucy Nancy. Once the coast is clear Jack takes Worzel inside the shop and they both help themselves to as much fish n’ chips as they can carry. A little later Worzel bumps into Aunt Sally who, smelling the chips, decides she wants some. Worzel however stubbornly refuses to comply with her wishes and so she goes off to find her own and, in the process, ends up working at the Golden Hind and meeting and falling in love with Jolly Jack.

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July 31, 1981

Ten Acre field is covered in flowers of all colours and sizes which can mean only one thing—it’s Worzel’s “bestest birthday”. This however comes as no surprise to John and Sue who, over the previous weeks, have had to endure Worzel’s many hints. So they plan a surprise birthday party. In addition the pair have also scraped all their savings together to buy him another surprise, a gigantic birthday cake but will it survive the attentions of Aunt Sally?

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October 4, 1987

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October 11, 1987

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Full Employment

5x3
October 18, 1987

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October 25, 1987

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November 1, 1987

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November 15, 1987

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November 15, 1987

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November 22, 1987

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November 29, 1987

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A Friend in Need

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December 6, 1987

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Stage Struck

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January 29, 1989

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February 5, 1989

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February 12, 1989

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February 19, 1989

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February 26, 1989

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Weevily Swede

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March 5, 1989

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March 12, 1989

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March 19, 1989

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Runaway Train

6x9
March 26, 1989

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Aunt Sally, R.A.

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April 2, 1989

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April 9, 1989

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April 16, 1989

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