Angry parents blast BBC for ruining new version of Worzel Gummidge

Angry parents blast BBC for ruining new version of Worzel Gummidge by littering it with sexual innuendos

  • Parents hit out at innuendo in latest episode of BBC’s Worzel Gummidge series
  • ‘Red-knobbed coot’ and ‘blue-footed booby’ among naughty words about birds
  • Others accused writer and star Mackenzie Crook of ‘going for cheap laughs’
  • Angry parents have hit out at the BBC over its latest episode featuring childrens’ TV favourite Worzel Gummidge, claiming it was ‘littered with sexual innuendos’.

    The highly anticipated new episode of the re-booted series, called ‘Twitchers’ was released on BBC iPlayer yesterday.

    Some eagle-eyed viewers spotted at least four hidden jokes, relying heavily on rude-sounding bird names.

    In one scene actor Steve Pemberton, who plays grumpy farmer Henry Braithwaite, is telling his foster children about his past hobby as a bird-watcher.

    The highly anticipated new episode of the re-booted series, called 'Twitchers', was released on BBC iPlayer yesterday.

    The highly anticipated new episode of the re-booted series, called ‘Twitchers’, was released on BBC iPlayer yesterday.

    'My youngest is only seven and he kept asking me why Susan and John were laughing when Mr Braitwaite said "red-knobbed coot"'

    ‘My youngest is only seven and he kept asking me why Susan and John were laughing when Mr Braitwaite said “red-knobbed coot”‘

    He says he lost out to his rival twitcher, who spotted a ‘red-knobbed coot’ – leaving siblings Susan and John in hysterics.

    In another scene, fellow twitcher Lee Dangerman tells a fictional news reporter he ‘travelled 350 miles to see a blue-footed booby’.

    Minutes later, during an interview for the evening TV news, Lee stares into the camera and asks the female reporter: ‘Have you ever seen a penduline tit?’

    The embarrassed news reporter quickly ends the interview, saying: ‘We’ll cut there’, while Lee boasts: ‘I have’.

    Some viewers even claimed T-shirts in the background of the shots, which had the words, ‘I was choughed at Scatterbook’, was slang for sex. 

     Others slammed Worzel star Mackenzie Crook, who wrote and directed the new series, and accused him of ‘going for cheap laughs’. 

    Actors Thierry Wickens, Mackenzie Crook and India Brown star in the BBC's Worzel Gummidge TV series

    Actors Thierry Wickens, Mackenzie Crook and India Brown star in the BBC’s Worzel Gummidge TV series

    'They littered it with far too much sexual innuendo for my liking. I counted at least three rude gags which is a lot for a family programme,' said mum-of-four Jodie Graham, 45

    ‘They littered it with far too much sexual innuendo for my liking. I counted at least three rude gags which is a lot for a family programme,’ said mum-of-four Jodie Graham, 45

    Titter or tut-tut? These bird jokes caused a stir for Worzel viewers

    Red-knobbed coot

    Worzel described losing out to a rival twitcher who spotted a ‘red-knobbed coot’ – leaving siblings Susan and John in hysterics.

    Blue-footed booby

    In another scene, fellow twitcher Lee Dangerman tells a fictional news reporter he ‘travelled 350 miles to see a blue-footed booby’ 

    Penduline tit

    During an interview for the evening TV news, Lee stares into the camera and asks the female reporter: ‘Have you ever seen a penduline tit?’

    Choughed at Scatterbook

    Viewers claimed T-shirts in the background of the shots, which had the words, ‘I was choughed at Scatterbook’, was slang for sex

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    Mum-of-four Jodie Graham, 45, from Alnwick, Northumberland, said: ‘I usually love watching the new Worzel Gummidge episodes and my kids do too but I was a bit surprised about the Twitchers one.

    ‘They littered it with far too much sexual innuendo for my liking. I counted at least three rude gags which is a lot for a family programme. 

    ‘My youngest is only seven and he kept asking me why Susan and John were laughing when Mr Braitwaite said “red-knobbed coot”.

    ‘I didn’t really have an answer.’

    Dad-of-one Gavin Taylor, 40, from Nottingham, said: ‘Worzel is a Christmas tradition in our house but the bird-watching episode was a bit too rude for a young audience.

    ‘I felt the writers were going for cheap laughs on this one although I did find the “red-knobbed coot” line amusing but then anything Steve Pemberton does is funny.’

    One social media user said: ‘Few naughty jokes in Worzel tonight. Must admit I did laugh when Lee Dangerman asked TV reporter Hazel Diamond if she’d ever seen a penduline tit!’

    Twitter user Lee Arnold added: ‘Almost choked on my mince pie after watching the new Gummidge with my family.

    ‘Two boob gags, a knob reference and T-shirts proudly declaring “I got choughed in Scatterbook”.

    ‘My 20-year-old nephew tells me “choughed” is youth parlance for “sex”.  

    ‘I imagine a savvy student will make a killing flogging “I got choughed by Worzel” T-shirts soon.’

    The highly anticipated new episode of the re-booted series, called 'Twitchers' was released on BBC iPlayer yesterday

    The highly anticipated new episode of the re-booted series, called ‘Twitchers’ was released on BBC iPlayer yesterday

    The Twitchers episode was watched by 2.7 million viewers, the BBC have confirmed

    The Twitchers episode was watched by 2.7 million viewers, the BBC have confirmed

    The Twitchers episode was watched by 2.7 million viewers, the BBC confirmed.

    Complaints are published on the BBC’s website every two weeks.

    A spokesperson said: ‘Whilst we wouldn’t comment on this [the complaints], do note that Worzel Gummidge: Twitchers was watched by 2.7m viewers on BBC One last night.’

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