So, is it any good? Relocating such an overtly English series to another clime might seem like lunacy, but original director James Hill recaptures much of the original's rural charm and humour. Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs are as hearty and humourous as ever, and generally the results are good natured fun, albeit without the first-class guest casts the original had to draw from.
The most interesting change from the original is the crossover from sinister asides to out-and-out horror, with the Travelling Scarecrow Maker serial that fills much of the later episodes. With its army of Karloff-esque zombie scarecrows, a bewitched Worzel and a repellant villain, it's by turns nightmarish and astonishingly bleak in places. It's as grim as children's television gets, but Jon Pertwee's warmth and humour never fails to shine through.
For a series now 15 years old, it seems refreshingly unaffected by time, and should prove great fun for children and adults alike... even if they may need to retreat behind the sofa at times.