ONE of the most eco-friendly kids’ TV characters ever is to get even greener for modern audiences.
Walking talking scarecrow Worzel Gummidge lived in the countryside helping local wildlife.
But his TV comeback sees him made even more “woke” — alerting kids to issues such as global warming.
He is to have an organic turnip for a head and will ditch his two baths a year to save water.
An electric tractor was also planned for the BBC1 two-parter — written by and starring Mackenzie Crook — airing later this year.
A source said: “Mackenzie is passionate about the environment.
“The script is warm and funny but also has some very woke twists in keeping with the unfurling environmental crisis.
“He wanted the episodes to be a non-preachy way of making youngsters more aware of what is going on.
“Global warming is one of the topics addressed, and Worzel will be made of organic, pesticide-free straw, and will ditch his twice-yearly baths to conserve water.
“The idea of an electric tractor was also mooted. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but good fun.”
A character called The Green Man represents climate change in the show, also starring Michael Palin, Zoe Wanamaker and Steve Pemberton.
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The original series, featuring Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee as Worzel, ran from 1979 until 1981.
In less-PC times, its characters included “Fat Lady” and “Saucy Nancy”.
Mackenzie, 47, shot to fame in Ricky Gervais’ comedy The Office.
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