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Tn Christmas, kids can get away from the adult moronathon of unreality shows, reruns and mirthless laughter. Worzel Gummidge: Twitchers (BBC One) is a children’s show without a hint of garland, which defibrates our dazed hearts seasonally and probes philosophical depths.

When I was a boy, it seemed inconceivable that Jon Pertwee, a time lord with a cape, velvet jacket and enviable hairdryer-dried bouffant, could in a matter of weeks in the late ’70s regenerate himself into one. rustic crunchy carrots with straw hair. and the look of a man who had mistaken puffs of cow for puffs. And yet it happened.

This year’s Worzel is even stranger. Mackenzie Crook, who writes, directs, and stars in The Tatterdemalion, chose to hide under rubber one of the most recognizable and spooky phizogs on Equity’s talent list to better play a Straw Man and sticks. Only Charlie Cooper (Kurtan from This Country) would have been a serious contender for the role.

Perhaps, and this is only a theory, Crook’s idea is to disguise his delicious bone structure so that we can focus on his expressive eyes for once. Dark and touching, Mackenzie swivels in their latex holes as he mumbles about natural lore to captivated children. Still, one thing that I find weird is his beard: It’s like the special effects team has tried sea lion whiskers, but stuck with the jellyfish undercarriage.

We first see Worzel reveling in a rainstorm, asking God if this is the best he can do. As the outdoors enthusiast Alfred Wainwright realized, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. And, as Worzel – a natural stoic – suggests, the wrong attitude.

In this episode, Worzel explains that craves are birds that belong to the raven family, after one of the lovely siblings around him – who also includes a variety of scarecrow buddies – spotted craves on a farm. neighbor. The red-legged intruders were driven inland by a silly wind and the pressing question now is how Worzel can add to the list of crows he has spooked by terrifying these birds back to their habitat. natural. It’s an enigma made more complicated by the fact that he must charm them in his own domain before scaring them away.

How to charm a cabbage chatter? By first attracting a tuft of worms to your field so that hungry craves are attracted later. But then how do scarecrows charm worms? Through night dancing, Worzel explains. Of course.

The next morning the worms are in place and, as day follows night, the chops have followed them. The same goes for adults – in particular, birdwatching bands and a crew from the local TV station. Nonetheless, Worzel and co start the real deal of scaring the crows.

One problem, however. Worzel’s dance isn’t scary enough. So, he enlists his scarecrow buddies, who emerge from the hedges with various masks. What is the collective name of masked scarecrows? A strangeness. With a peculiar psychological acuity in someone with straw for a brain, Worzel realizes that in order to scare off craves you have to instill a sense of dread. So he, the children and the scarecrows simulate a storm by screaming, screaming and shaking sheets. Soon the cabbages are heading to Cornwall.

This beautiful episode reinforces the lesson that supposed lower life forms such as children and non-humans are real adults. Adults are so resentful, stupid and perverted by the competitive spirit engendered by late capitalism that they are hardly able to think outside the box. When the news reporter invites one of the bird watchers to appreciate the beauty of an eagle in flight, he replies that he has already checked it off in his book. For us adults, nature is to pin down and ride, not to savor. It is not a way of life.

Worzel Gummidge, rightly understood, invites crushed-minded adults to change. Detectives, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing and now a Paradoxical Scarecrow expressed in their very rustic lengths our aspiration to be more than homo economicus. We aspire to do what we usually don’t: run our fingers in the grass and sit in the trees; look at nature without lust; to re-enchant the world rather than exploit it to death. Do we dare to change our life? It would be a good time to start.

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