Monday 21st December 2020, 10:34 am

Worzel Gummidge writer and star Mackenzie Crook has said this year’s special episode pays appropriate tribute to the late Barbara Windsor

The soap icon and veteran of British films who lived with Alzheimer’s disease died earlier this month at the age of 83

She appeared in an earlier adaptation of the children’s stories starring Jon Pertwees Worzel Gummidge as Saucy Nancy, a discarded figurehead who needs help getting back to the sea

The character returns to live action this year, with Harry Potter and Bridget Jones star Shirley Henderson taking the role

When asked if the episode pays homage to Windsor, Crook told The Sun, “Yes, she played the original version and a lot of people will remember it fondly.

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In the story, Nancy will once again seek help from the scarecrow Worzel and his two human friends Susan and John, while maintaining the cheeky sense of humor that made Windsor’s interpretation so popular

While writing the script, Crook was experimenting with strange fictional insults that sound rowdy than they actually are

Crook continued: â ???? There was a couple that was even filmed and we had to cut them out later I don’t think we realized how close they were to the offensive

â ???? You should try Try to make a list of good swear words You need to sound right, “Pipe scraper, you filthy pipe scraper” ???? Something about it sounds almost impolite, something vaguely anatomicalâ ????

Crook’s first appearance when Worzel Gummidge aired last Christmas to garner huge approval from fans and critics, so the anticipation for this next chapter is high

Worzel Gummidge: Naughty Nancy airs on BBC One at 5:55 pm on Christmas Eve. While you wait, check out our program for what’s on tonight

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