The Worst Witch (2017 TV series)

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The Worst Witch
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The Worst Witch
GenreFantasy Drama
Based onThe original The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy
Written byEmma Reeves
Directed byBrian Grant
Composer(s)Mark Russell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Germany
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes28
Production
Executive producer(s)Marcus Wilson
Arne Lohmann
Nicole Keep
Tamara Rothenberg
Producer(s)Lucy Martin
Production location(s)Cheshire and Germany
Editor(s)David Mercer
David Head
Running time
  • 30 min.
  • 60 min. (episodes 1–2)
Production company(s)CBBC Productions
ZDF
DistributorZDF Enterprises
Release
Original networkCBBC (UK)
ZDF (Germany)
Netflix (international)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release11 January 2017[1] – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Worst Witch (1986)
The Worst Witch (1998–2001)
Weirdsister College (2001)
The New Worst Witch (2005–2007)
External links
Website

The Worst Witch is a British-German[2] fantasy children's television series about a group of young witches at a school for magic. It stars Bella Ramsey and is based on The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy (published 1974–2018).[3][4][5][6] It is the fifth adaptation of The Worst Witch series after the 1986 television film, the 1998 television series, the 2001 television spin-off and the 2005 television spin-off.

The series is an international co-production between CBBC, ZDF and Netflix[7][8] The series was made available to stream internationally on Netflix on 22 July 2017. It will be made available to members in the UK, Ireland and Germany after its premiere on CBBC and ZDF.[8] The series premiered on CBBC on 11 January 2017.[7] A second series was confirmed in June 2017 and began airing from 8 January 2018.[9][10] According to the casts posts on Twitter, filming for a third season was completed in August 2018. This third season began airing in January 2019.

Characters[edit]

Cast list of The Worst Witch
Character Actor Role Series
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3
Mildred Hubble Bella Ramsey Student Main
Maud Spellbody Meibh Campbell (Series 1) Student Main
Megan Hughes (Series 2)
Enid Nightshade Tamara Smart Student Main
Ethel Hallow Jenny Richardson Student
Esmerelda and Sybil Hallow's sister
Main
Esmerelda Hallow Miriam Petche Student
Ethel and Sybil Hallow's sister
Main Recurring
Drusilla Paddock Tallulah Milligan Student Main N/A
Felicity Foxglove Dagny Rollins Student Main
Miss Ada Cackle Claire Higgins Headmistress Main
Miss Hecate Hardbroom Raquel Cassidy Deputy Headmistress
Potions Teacher
Main
Miss Bat Wendy Craig Chanting Teacher
Magical History Teacher
Main
Miss Drill Shauna Shim Flying Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
Main
Algernon Rowan-Webb Philip Martin Brown Spell Science Teacher Main
Mrs Tapioca Zita Sattar Cook Recurring
Miss Gullett Kacey Ainsworth Former Spell Science Teacher Main N/A
Julie Hubble Nicola Stephenson Mildred Hubble's mother/Art Teacher Recurring
Agatha Cackle Claire Higgins Miss Cackle's twin sister Recurring N/A
Mrs Ursulla Hallow Emma Handy Esmerelda, Ethel and Sybil Hallow's mother
Head of Education
Recurring
The Great Wizard Nicholas Jones Wizard Recurring
Mr Nathaniel Nightshade Jonathan Ojinnaka Enid Nightshade's father Recurring N/A
Mrs Narcissus Nightshade Holly Quin-Ankrah Enid Nightshade's mother Guest
Old Mildred Rachel Bell Older version of Mildred Hubble Guest N/A
Miss Darkside Kitty Martin Supply Teacher Guest N/A
Mr Gordon Spellbody Henry Miller Maud Spellbody's father Guest N/A
Mrs Mavis Spellbody Lynsey Anne Moffatt Maud Spellbody's mother Guest N/A
Miss Pippa Pentenagle Amanda Holden Headmistress of Pentangles Guest
Zac Max True Student at Pentangles Guest N/A
Young Ada Clare Gower Younger version of Ada Cackle Guest N/A
Young Agatha Sarah Gower Younger version of Agatha Cackle Guest N/A
Mrs Cackle Gillian Waugh Mother of Ada and Agatha Cackle Guest N/A
Sybil Hallow Trixie Hyde Student
Esmerelda and Ethel Hallow's sister
N/A Main
Clarice Twigg Kitty Slack Student N/A Main
Beatrice Bunch Ynez Williams Student N/A Main
Miss Marigold Mould Mina Anwar Former Teacher N/A Main
Oliver Milo Panni The Great Wizard's grandson N/A Guest
Mr Hallow Tim Wallers Esmerelda, Ethel and Sybil Hallow's father N/A Guest
Baby Maud Rowan Martin Younger version of Maud Spellbody N/A Guest
Miss Doomstone Shola Adewusi School Inspector N/A Guest
3 x Great Granny Hallow Moya Brady Hallow family ancestor N/A Guest
4 x Great Granny Hallow Sylvie Gatrill Hallow family ancestor N/A Guest
5 x Great Granny Hallow Mags Gannon Hallow family ancestor N/A Guest
Mirabelle Hubble Anita Dobson Mildred's 13 times great-grandmother N/A Guest
Nature Teacher Michelle Dockery Teacher Main

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [11]
1–21–2"Selection Day"Brian GrantEmma Reeves11 January 2017 (2017-01-11)465,000

Maud Spellbody crashes into Mildred Hubble's flat on her way to Cackle's Academy, where it's Selection Day. Ethel Hallow makes a good first impression on the teachers. Mildred helps Maud, whose glasses were broken in the crash, get to school, but they both crash-land in the pond. They tell Miss Hardbroom that Mildred was supposed to attend Pentangle's, but decided that Cackle's is better. Esmerelda Hallow, Ethel's older sister, gives the students a tour and Miss Cackle helps Mildred cope with the effects of a transfer spell. Mildred and Maud sneak off to look at the kittens and Ethel eavesdrops on them discussing how Mildred is not from a magical family. They lose a kitten, but find it in the kitchens. Mildred struggles with the written exam, but Miss Cackle encourages her to do what she is good at, but she only manages to get 1%. Miss Cackle's twin sister, Agatha, turns up, and Miss Cackle gives her permission to speak to Miss Hardbroom for an internet article. The students make their potions and Mildred successfully manages to levitate, after taking some of Ethel's pondweed from her dragon potion (due to Ethel having taken all of it), making Ethel wrongly turn into a worm.

Mildred owns up and when Ethel reveals that Mildred is from a non-magic family, she automatically fails. After thinking she's confided in Miss Cackle, Mildred finds out it was really Agatha, after which she witnesses her putting a spell on the celebratory meal. When Mildred tries to warn the staff, she is magicked outside the school grounds. With the help of a magic frog, she levitates herself back into the school, where she manages to prevent Miss Cackle eating the soup, announcing Agatha has put a spell on it. Agatha invokes a section of the Witch's Code and she and Miss Cackle have a magical duel. Agatha wins and turns Miss Cackle into a snail. After Miss Hardbroom pointedly drops hints in Mildred's direction about how students or staff are bound by the witch's code and can do nothing about Agatha now being in charge, Mildred prompts the cat to knock the soup with Agatha's spell – which was a total obedience spell – over Agatha and then orders her to turn Miss Cackle back to normal. Agatha's powers are then confiscated. At the end, Mildred's mother Julie is magicked into the school and, after talking it over with Mildred, she allows her to stay at Cackle's Academy.

First appearances: Bella Ramsey as Mildred Hubble, Meibh Campbell as Maud Spellbody, Jenny Richardson as Ethel Hallow, Miriam Petche as Esmerelda Hallow, Tallulah Milligan as Drusilla Paddock, Dagny Rollins as Felicity Foxglove, Clare Higgins as Miss Ada Cackle/Agatha Cackle, Raquel Cassidy as Miss Hecate Hardbroom, Wendy Craig as Miss Bat, Shauna Shim as Miss Drill, Kacey Ainsworth as Miss Gullet, Zita Sattar as Miss Tapioca and Nicola Stephenson as Julie Hubble

Note: Episode 1 and 2 aired in a 1 hour episode.
33"Tabby"Brian GrantEmma Reeves18 January 2017 (2017-01-18)[12]334,000

On their first day, Mildred's phone is confiscated by Miss Hardbroom. The first years are assigned their houses and Maud is made head of the first year. The first years receive their cats and have their first flying lesson. Mildred's cat, Tabby, is scared of flying and Tabby causes her, Maud and Ethel to crash into trees. Miss Hardbroom decides to arrange a flying test for the class and Ethel tells Esmerelda she will help Mildred. When Mildred tries to train Tabby, Ethel offers to help and pours a bit of sardine juice on the broom tail. Ethel and Mildred pass their test, whilst Maud struggles with Midnight, however, Miss Hardbroom reveals Mildred and Maud's cats have been switched and Mildred is told she will be expelled. Mildred and Maud try to find evidence that Ethel was responsible and they find the sardine tin and try it and they switch bodies. Maud is sent to Mildred's room by Miss Hardbroom unbeknownst to her. The following day, Miss Cackle finds Tabby with a notebook belonging to Ethel. Ethel admits to switching the cats, but that it was to help Mildred, and Esmerelda backs her up. Ethel is forgiven and Mildred is kept on at the school, still on a trial basis.

Absent: Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca
44"New Girl"Brian GrantEmma Reeves25 January 2017 (2017-01-25)322,000

The first years try out their magic tablets "maglets" and Enid arrives at school with her famous parents. Maud is sent to Miss Cackle for drawing a funny picture of Miss Hardbroom and Ethel. Miss Cackle allows Maud to convert a space under the stairs for her class. Mildred is amused by Enid singing out of tune and Enid picks Mildred to look after her whilst Ethel swaps her maglet with Maud's. Mildred ignores messages she believes are from Ethel. Enid shows Mildred her pet monkey, Muddles. Maud is hurt that Mildred is spending time with Enid and Muddles escapes, but who ends up in Miss Cackle's study. In potions, Mildred and Enid are cauldron partners and they make an invisibility potion instead of a laughter potion. Mildred attempts to make friends with Maud by, but she unknowingly reveals hers and Enid's plan to get Muddles out of Miss Cackle's study over their maglets. Mildred and Enid get to the study and Enid's monkey is actually a cat and Maud and Drusilla help Mildred and Enid escape. Miss Hardbroom is annoyed with Ethel when the room is empty. Maud confiscates Ethel's maglet and Enid makes friends with Maud.

First appearance: Tamara Smart as Enid Nightshade

Guest starring: Holly Quin-Ankrah as Mrs Nightshade, and Jonathan Ojinnaka as Mr Nightshade
55"Pond Life"Sallie AprahamianNeil Jones1 February 2017 (2017-02-01)281,000

Mildred and Enid jump on the fields, which they have made bouncy, not caring about studying for spell science with Miss Gullet. Mildred receives her first ever toy, a teddy named Puss, from her mum in the post. In spell science, Mildred is asked to turn a rat into a frog and Maud refuses to help. Mildred turns Ethel into a pig and when Miss Hardbroom finds out, she gives Mildred until later that day to perform a simple transformation spell or she will leave the school. Mildred decides to leave of her own accord, but is tricked into meeting Ethel by Drusilla and Ethel turns her into a frog. Mildred ends up by the pond and meets another frog, Algernon Rowan-Webb. Maud refuses to let Enid help her find Mildred, despite Enid reassuring her that she is Mildred's best friend. Mildred and Algernon get into the school and end up in jars in the potions lab. Maud reveals Ethel has done something to Mildred to the teachers and Enid finds out she is one of the frogs. Ethel is forced to turn her back to herself and Mildred reveals the identity of the other frog and it turns out Miss Gullet was responsible in order to get her job. Algernon persuades Mildred to take the test and she performs a multi-transformation spell, impressing Miss Cackle and Miss Bat. Ethel and Miss Gullet are turned into frogs and Mr Rowan-Webb becomes a spell science teacher.

First appearance: Philip Martin Brown as Algernon Rowan-Webb

Absent: Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca
66"The Grand Wizard's Visit"Sallie AprahamianMadeleine Brettingham8 February 2017 (2017-02-08)408,000

The Great Wizard visits Cackle's Academy and he meets the pupils. The Great Wizard talks through recent incidents caused by Mildred and when The Great Wizard finds out Mildred is not from a witch family and Miss Cackle defends Mildred against the Great Wizard. Mildred has to do a magic display for The Great Wizard. Ethel shows The Great Wizard the school trophies and Ethel tells The Great Wizard about Mildred. Enid tells Mildred she suspects Ethel wrote the letter to The Great Wizard, after overhearing her talk to him. It turns out Agatha is pretending to be Miss Cackle, as Miss Cackle is in a deep sleep. Mildred performs her magic display, a beaker and bottle band, but she messes up when the potions explode over the staff and The Great Wizard insists Miss Cackle leaves. He allows Miss Cackle to stay after the staff persuade him and Mildred is chosen to be the lead in a broomstick display for The Great Wizard and Ethel has to lend her broom to Mildred. Mildred reveals to Maud that Miss Cackle is Agatha when she tries to perform a spell on Mildred and Maud wakes Miss Cackle up. Miss Cackle proves she is the real Miss Cackle by saving Mildred and Enid from crashing.

First appearance: Nicholas Jones as Great Wizard

Absent: Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca
77"The Best Teacher"Sallie AprahamianNick Leather15 February 2017 (2017-02-15)[13]296,000

The pupils call home and Ethel is hurt when her mum can't spare the time to speak to her, after spending ages talking to Esmerelda. Ethel is horrible to Mildred, making remarks on how she is always bottom and Mildred decides she won't be any longer. Enid suggests Mildred does a wisdom spell and during the night, Mildred takes Miss Bat's socks for the spell and after thinking it was goblins, Miss Cackle and Miss Hardbroom decide to give her some time off. Mildred makes the spell, but thinks it hasn't worked, however, the following morning, Maud finds Mildred looking old. Maud tries to look for a reversal spell, but Esmerelda informs her that only time can undo a wisdom spell. Maud encounters Miss Darkside, the supply teacher who is not nice, and she takes her to Mildred, pretending she is Miss Cackle and to tell Miss Darkside she is no longer required. Miss Cackle mistakes Mildred for Miss Darkside and Mildred has to teach her class, pretending that the absence of her younger self is because of her mum's toenails and she sends Ethel and Drusilla out of class, impressing Miss Hardbroom. Mildred gets the class to act out a story. Ethel and Drusilla phone Miss Hubble and they find out nothing is wrong with her and Ethel takes the information to Mildred. After Miss Cackle decides to phone Miss Hubble, Mildred decides to admit what's happened, but the spell wears off as she enters Miss Cackle's office. Miss Cackle magics Miss Hubble to her office and Maud makes an ingrown toenail spell. Mildred gets the result from a test, where she placed second bottom. Ethel tells Mildred she impersonated a teacher so she tells Ethel she phoned her mum, and Ethel walks off, and Mildred and Maud think Mildred's mum is a witch as the spell has worked on her.

Absent: Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca

Guest starring: Emma Handy as Mrs Hallow, Rachel Bell as Old Mildred and Kitty Martin as Miss Darkside
88"Maud's Big Mistake"Lindy HeymannNeil Jones22 February 2017 (2017-02-22)315,000

The parents visit the school to have a talk with the teachers on how their children are doing. Maud wants her parents to be proud of her, so she makes everyone forget about her mistakes. The problem: Mildred forgets her as well, since all of her mistakes where only due to Mildred. So she decides to not be a flawless pupil but to get her best friend back. His father is erasing the memories of the teachers as well, and everything turns out good. Her parents are still proud of her, even though she is not perfect.

Absent: Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca

Guest starring: Jonathan Ojinnaka as Mr Nightshade, Emma Handy as Mrs Hallow. Henry Miller as Mr Spellbody and Lynsey Anne Moffatt as Mrs Spellbody
99"The First Witch"Lindy HeymannMaxine Alderton1 March 2017 (2017-03-01)240,000

Mildred tries to find out if she is the only witch in the family. The school archives indicates that there has not been a Hubble attending the school before her. Ethel and Mildred do not get along well, so Ethel's big sister has a plan. Mildred hair grows longer than expected and is nearly killing them, but together Ethel, Mildred and their friends manage the problem. A secret path opens, and they start their own coven.

Absent: Kacey Ainsworth as Miss Gullett and Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca
1010"Spelling Bee"Lindy HeymannMatt Evans8 March 2017 (2017-03-08)[14]329,000

Mildred and Ethel are the chosen ones for a competition against another school in potion making. Mildred is told to do nothing at all under the competition, which makes her a little sad. The headmistress of the other school, Miss Pentangle, knows how it is to be overlooked, and she offers Mildred a place at her school—she sees her potential. At the end of the competition, she finds a rule that activates Mildred in the potion making. Mildred does great, as Miss Pentangle had expected. Mildred chooses not to leave Cackle's Academy, but is grateful for the offer. Miss Pentangle and Miss Hardbroom were friends once, and Mildred helps both of them to become friends again.

First appearance: Amanda Holden as Miss Pentangle

Absent: Kacey Ainsworth as Miss Gullett

Guest starring: Max True as Zac
1111"The Mists of Time"Dirk CampbellNick Leather15 March 2017 (2017-03-15)315,000

Mrs Cackle is barricading the school after it has been surrounded by mist. It is the mist of time, created by a mighty sorcerer who afterwards got lost in "the mists of time". Ethel's cat is gone missing outside, so Mildred helps her getting outside the castle, searching for her cat. They do not find the cat, and the re-enter the castle a different way than they left it. If they would have re-entered the same way, they would have been back in their own time. But now they have traveled back in time. They meet Mona (Maud's grandma) and the Cackle twin sisters, Agatha and Ada. Mildred finds out that Ada (the regular Miss Cackle) is not the oldest one and therefore should not have been the head of the school in the future. Furthermore, she figures out that Ada is not a good witch and tries to steal her twin sister's power. Suddenly, the old Mrs Cackle enters the scene and helps Mildred to make herself a non-naughty witch and fixing the past by not expelling Mona. Both Mildred, Ethel, and Ada find their way back to their own time. Mildred concludes that she might become the best witch, since even Ada, the naughtiest witch, has become the best witch.

Absent: Kacey Ainsworth as Mrs Gullet and Zita Sattar as Mrs Tapioca

Guest starring: Clare Gower as Young Ada, Sarah Gower as Young Agatha and Gillian Waugh as Mrs Cackle
1212"Out Of Bounds"Dirk CampbellEmma Reeves22 March 2017 (2017-03-22)268,000
The first years do growth spells, but Mildred has gone wrong and shrinks instead and Miss Hardbroom reminds them of their exams the following week. Ethel tells Drusilla about the secret meetings Mildred has been having with Miss Cackle, reckoning it's about the secret scroll. Mildred vows to stay silent about the scroll. Miss Cackle goes to see her sister. Ethel makes a spell to make her look like Maud and as Maud, Ethel wants to know the truth and Mildred and Enid work out it's Ethel, but they decide to have fun. Mildred pretends to Ethel that she is Miss Cackle's niece. Miss Cackle returns from seeing her sister, but tells the staff that Agatha has escaped and Miss Hardbroom lets the students know that a protective spell has been placed on the school, that visitors have to be invited and the girls cannot leave school grounds without permission. Ethel makes a study syrup for Mildred, but Maud warns her not to take it and Ethel and Mildred end up in Miss Cackle's office and Mildred admits to saying she was Miss Cackle's niece. After being told off by Miss Cackle, Mildred confides in Maud she thinks Agatha is posing as Miss Cackle and they go to Mr Rowan-Webb and Miss Bat for help, and Maud takes Mr Rowan-Webb to Miss Cackle as a frog, but Miss Cackle turns Mr Rowan-Webb back to himself. Maud is against Mildred's suggestion of her going to Darkwood Cottage and Ethel rows with Esmerelda about feeling second best. Mildred goes to the cottage and finds Miss Cackle and Mildred is persuaded to give up her powers, but she realises that it is Agatha and does not go through with it. Mildred escapes from Agatha and Miss Gullet, who is on Agatha's side. Ethel find the birth scroll and finds out Agatha is older. Esmerelda and Ethel let Agatha and Miss Gullet into the school, thinking it's Miss Cackle and Esmerelda gives up her magic and Esmerelda finds out it was Agatha and Ethel knew it. Ethel shows Agatha the scroll and she decides to takeover. Maud tells on Mildred for sneaking out of school and Miss Hardbroom expels her.
1313"The Worst Headmistress"Dirk CampbellEmma Reeves29 March 2017 (2017-03-29)342,000
Agatha takes over the school as headmistress. Miss Gullet installs a detection spell on the entire school to make an alarm when unauthorized magic is used. Agatha claims that Ada Cackle has run away, but actually, she has been trapped in a living painting of herself by Agatha. Ethel and her sister Esmeralda discuss what to do about The Great Wizard being called to visit the castle as he will freak out. Ethel feels guilty and summons Miss Gullet, who transforms Esmeralda into a trophy. Ethel sends Mildred's cat Tabby to Mildred's home, with an invisibility spell and tells her she needs to come and save the castle – Mildred uses a kitchen sweep instead of a broomstick and decides to go. Mildred breaks into Cackle's office where the painting of the Cackle sisters is, finding Maud, Enid and Ethel trying to help Ada, but Miss Gullet enters and transforms the visible girls into cakes for a great feast in the main hall, while Mildred's invisibility wears off. The Great Wizard arrives, and hears of Agatha's evil doings via Mrs Bat and Mr Rowan-Webb. Miss Gullet sees them grassing up and transforms them into frogs. Agatha, Miss Hardbroom and Miss Gullet transform the Great Wizard into a balloon. Miss Hardbroom tries to get Ada out of the painting, but Miss Gullet and Agatha hear the unauthorised magic alarm and send Miss Hardbroom into the painting as well. Meanwhile, Mildred stops the witches transformed into cakes from being eaten by the other girls. Mildred rises up against Ada and asks all the girls to vote, agreeing that none of the girls will stay at the school if Agatha is headmistress, so Agatha casts an Annihilation spell to destroy the castle and everyone in it. Miss Drill attempts to hold it back while the girls escape. With the castle crumbling down, Mildred starts chanting and brings all the girls into a circle and casts an incredibly powerful spell that reverses all of Agatha's evil magic and turns everyone back to themselves again. The Great Wizard traps Agatha and Miss Gullet into a photograph of them both, which Ada hangs up in her office for the rest of time. Mildred just scrapes by on her exams with 51%, ending the school year.

Series 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [11]
141"Tortoise Trouble"Dirk CampbellMaxine Alderton8 January 2018 (2018-01-08)301, 400

Mildred makes her way to school for her second year feeling positive and impresses Maud and Enid with her flying. On her way, her school project is blown away and Ethel accompanies her younger sister Sybil for her first day. Mildred's project lands on Ethel and new first years Clarice Twigg and Beatrice Bunch meet each other. Mildred finds Ethel with her project on making animals talk on the roof and Mildred slips off the roof. Hanging on by a flag pole, Sybil summons Mildred's broomstick to her, but part of the school falls down when Mildred casts a spell to help get her down and the staff find out some of Agatha's bad magic was left behind. Clarice is made head of the first year and she and Beatrice make friends with Sybil when they have to share a room. Mildred hides her talking tortoise and project whilst Ethel has lost hers. Maud tells Mildred and Enid that her physical appearance changed during a game of magic hide and seek. Beatrice gives Sybil a confidence potion and when Ethel has a go at Sybil for not packing her project, Sybil stands up to Ethel. The second years present their projects to Miss Hardbroom and Mildred is frustrated when Ethel does a spell on making animals talk, which Ethel stole from Mildred and when Mildred replicates the spell to prove Ethel stole it, Miss Hardbroom sends Mildred to Miss Cackle. Mildred ends up on the roof with the staff, who find the founding stone and Sybil rescues Mildred's tortoise from a high tree, who hand it over to Maud and Enid to prove Mildred did her project on talking animals. Beatrice reveals to Sybil that the potion was just water and Miss Cackle shows off the founding stone to the school. The tortoise tells Miss Cackle and Miss Hardbroom what Ethel did and they find Mildred's project in the bin, like the tortoise said and Mildred wins a prize for her project.

First appearances: Trixie Hyde as Sybil Hallow, Kitty Slack as Clarice Twigg and Ynez Williams as Beatrice Bunch

Note: First appearance of Megan Hughes as Maud Spellbody
152"The Friendship Trap"Dirk CampbellMaxine Alderton15 January 2018 (2018-01-15)315, 600

Everyone is woken by a fire drill and Mildred sees Miss Hardbroom on fire, so she throws a bucket of water over her. When Mildred and Ethel insult each other, Miss Cackle leaves an orange handprint on their backs. Whilst the students observe the founding stone, Mildred and Ethel find out about the handprint when Ethel temporarily turns Mildred into stone. After surveying a package outside, Miss Bat opens it, which turns out to be stone, but later, eyes appear. Mildred and Ethel become joined together by the arm, which Miss Cackle reveals is a friendship trap that will only undo when they make friends and Sybil refuses to leave her room after recent events. In Art, the stone turns into the new teacher, Miss Mould and when Mildred is complimented on her clay work, Ethel turns it into snakes and when Miss Mould changes the spell, they class are covered in clay and erupt into laughter, which Miss Hardbroom is unhappy with. Beatrice's asthma transports her and Sybil to different places round the school whilst the friendship trap begins to wear off between Mildred and Ethel when they talk about Esmerelda having no magical powers. The founding stone ends up in Sybil's possession and to return the stone, Clarice suggests they start a fire to set off the alarm to enable them to return the stone. When the staff find out the stone is missing, they organise a search. When the fire alarm goes off, Sybil is scared and Mildred helps Ethel in reassuring her and the friendship trap breaks. Miss Hardbroom confiscates Sybil, Clarice and Beatrice's cats for the fire. Ethel refuses to help Sybil return the founding stone, but Mildred agrees to.

First Appearance: Mina Anwar as Marigold Mould
163"Ethel Everywhere"Dirk CampbellNick Leather22 January 2018 (2018-01-22)265, 200
Mildred, Maud and Enid decide to put the founding stone back, but it is not in a disused bedroom and they confront Ethel, the only other person who knows where the founding stone is, but she is making a cloning potion. Enid encourages Ethel to try the potion as she wants to use it if it works and Mildred asks Sybil and Clarice about the stone's location. They find Bea in the potionns lab, where she ended up after sneezing and Ethel takes the potion, which works, but the cloned Ethel causes mischief. The cloned Ethel takes Ethel's place in chanting and when Miss Bat falls asleep, the cloned Ethel puts a potion in Miss Bat's drink, causing her hair to be spiked and green, horrifying Algernon. Mildred retrieves the stone from the store cupboard with Maud, Sybil, Clarice and Bea, telling Miss Mould that Sybil is homesick, whilst Miss Hardbroom searches Miss Mould's room for the founding stone. Mildred gives the founding stone to the cloned Ethel and Mrs Hallow arrives at Cackles on Miss Mould's request about Sybil's homesickness and the fire she unintentionally caused. Mildred, Maud and Enid make an antidote for Ethel's potion from a book of Miss Bat's and when Ethel finds the cloned Ethel, who has cloned herself. Mrs Hallow is horrified when she learns of the founding stone being missing and Mildred, Maud and Enid try to work out which is the real Ethel, but work it out when the clones compliment her and Ethel does not. The founding stone is put back to the staff's relief
174"The Extraordinary Esper Vespertilio"Dirk CampbellNeil Jones29 January 2018 (2018-01-29)226, 300
Miss Hardbroom opposes Mildred using a staff due to it being used by wizards and not witches. Miss Bat reminds the second years of Esper Vespertilio visit, a great chantsmith, but they show a lack of enthusiasm. Miss Cackle gives Sybil, Clarice and Bea their cats back, but Bea sneezes and disappears again. Mildred, Maud and Enid chase a girl who has other students uniform, but it turns out to be a boy; The Great Wizard's grandson, Ollie. Bea admits she is not asthmatic, but allergic to cats and Ollie tells Mildred, Maud and Enid that the magic he wants to learn is not taught at wizard school. He also tells them he would like to meet Esper Vespertilio due to his liking of chanting and Bea uses a vanishing potion to get rid of asthhma, but she accidentally makes her cat Solstice disappear. Miss Bat tells Mildred and Ollie, who is diguised as a girl, that she cancelled Esper's visit due to lack of interest, so Mildred decides to get people to come by using Ollie's Esper Vespertilio's record. In order to get her cat back, Bea uses magic scissors to create a vanishment hole, but everything that has gone into vanishment reappears and Esper's show goes ahead, though the students are amazed that Miss Bat is Esper. Sybil, Clarice and Bea struggle to keep the vanished things away and when Ollie performs as a girl, he receives praise from The Great Wizard, but he is horrified when he finds out it is Ollie. Mildred makes a point about gender equality and uses a staff to prevent The Great Wizard being attacked by the vanished things, which prompts The Great Wizard to allow Ollie to have chanting lessons. Bea is delighted when Miss Cackle cures her allergy and Mildred is amazed to find Miss Hardbroom using a staff.
185"Mildred's Family Tree"Dirk CampbellZoe Lister5 February 2018 (2018-02-05)N/A
In Art, the second years draw and then magic family trees and Mildred's side only includes her maternal family as she does not know her father, which leads Mildred into thinking of him. In assembly, Miss Drill announces an upcoming sports day, starting with the second years and Maud is determined not to take part due to previous sports days at her old school. Ethel agrees not to tell on Mildred, Maud and Enid when they use unauthorised magic to try and figure out who Mildred's father is and upon returning to see her tree, she is shocked to see Algernon on the tree and believes he is her grandfather. Mildred backs out of asking him whether they are related, but he helps her prepare for sports day. Maud takes a potion to make her look ill in order to get out of sports day, however, she turns purple after taking too much. When Miss Drill finds out about Maud pretending to be sick, she shares her humiliating sports experiences from when she was young and Mildred is left devastated when Algernon tells Mildred that he cannot be her grandfather as he has no children and that Ethel put Algernon on her tree. Mildred takes Maud's place in the fly high using a magic pole, resulting in her ending up in a pond and Algernon magics Mildred to the Art room, where her mum is. Julie describes Mildred's dad, who was a trainee plumber named Dave and his characteristics, though Mildred decides she does not want to find him. Maud is delighted when she does not come in last place for hurdling and Mildred is happy with the family she has, which includes Maud and Enid.
196"Bat Girl"TBATBA12 February 2018 (2018-02-12)244, 800
The school prepares for its career day and Enid is disappointed when her mum tells her that she will not be coming as she has a show. When Mildred comforts her, she tells Enid that she will probably see her mum when she gets into trouble and the following morning, the students are summoned to the kitchen by Miss Hardbroom, where toilet roll is flying around, causing Mrs Tapioca to smash her favourite day and Enid immediately takes responsibility. Clarice does not understand why Sybil and Bea are impressed and Enid tells Mildred that she gave her the idea to misbehave in order to see her mum. Miss Cackle and Miss Hardbroom tell Enid that the careers day has been cancelled, so no student will see their parents as well as being threatened with expulsion and Enid is hurt because Mildred is upset about not seeing her mum. Ethel locks Mildred in her room when Mildred overhears Ethel and Felicity plan to sabotage Enid's assessments, however, Enid receives praise from Miss Mould when Ethel's paint spilling spell causes a sunset on her work. Mildred turns herself into a bat to escape whilst Enid fails chanting when Ethel causes her to chant in reverse. Mildred finds out what Ethel is doing to Enid and causes Ethel to smash the potion bottle and Enid passes Spell Science. Maud and Enid find out Mildred is a bat and a furious Miss Hardbroom is angry that Enid and Maud skipped potions to turn Mildred back. Enid does not want to tell Miss Cackle about what Ethel did as she caused the cancellation of careers day whilst Ethel is covered in slime from a prank that Clarice planned. Enid receives praise from Miss Cackle for helping Mildred and when she contacts her mum, Miss Nightshade tells Enid she is proud of her.
207"Hollow Wood"Dermot BoydMatt Sinclair19 February 2018 (2018-02-19)188, 000
The second years are collecting potion ingredients under the supervision of Miss Mould following an incident involving Mildred and Enid. Apart from Mildred, the second years show reluctance at going into Hollow Wood due to it being enchanted, but Miss Mould encourages them to. Esmerelda returns to the school for a visit, delighting Sybil, but Clarice unintentionally hurts Sybil by bringing up the fact that Esmerelda no longer is magic. Whilst collecting ravens feather with Ethel, Felicity is put into a trance state and Clarice will not apologise to Sybil unless she apologises first. After meeting with Esmerelda, Miss Cackle wants to give Esmerelda a position at the school due to not fitting into a non-magic world, but Miss Hardbroom advises Miss Cackle against it due to it not being fair on Esmerelda being surrounded by magic. Mildred. Maud and Ethel have to make a disenchantment potion when Miss Mould is also found in a trance state and Mr Hallow, the father of Esmerelda, Ethel and Sybil, arrives at the school after not knowing of Esmerelda's visit. Over a game of netball, Esmerelda reassures Sybil she will be fine without magic and encourages Sybil and Clarice to be friends again. She later reassures Miss Cackle and Mildred and Maud successfully disenchant Felicity, Miss Mould and Ethel and Ethel is angry with Mildred upon her return to school when she sees Esmerelda leaves with their dad.
218"Miss Cackle's Birthday"Dermot BoydMatt Evans26 February 2018 (2018-02-26)N/A
Maud is acting as director for Miss Cackle's show for her birthday, but Maud is miserable when her best act is not that good. When Sybil, Clarice and Bea practise their broom dance, Ethel has a go at Sybil and Miss Hardbroom shows Miss Cackle a newspaper article about the recent failings at Cackles. Miss Hardbroom magics the second year to the potion lab when they spend their lesson practising for their show and when Maud contemplates resigning as director, Mildred and Enid work on a happiness potion for Maud and when she takes it, Maud turns into a baby, the last time she was happy. Miss Hardbroom cancels potions class when Miss Cackle frets about the mistakes and believes she should quit; she also appoints Ethel as director in place of Maud. When baby Maud causes a mess, Miss Bat takes her when Enid tidies up and Ethel decides that the show will be an instrumentless orchestra instead of individual acts. Enid discovers baby Maud is in the potions lab when she magically transports herself to the pond and everyone walks out from the orchestra. Mildred confesses to Miss Cackle about Maud and when she summons Enid and baby Maud, she changes Maud back. At the show, Ethel's solo ocherstra fails to impress, so Mildred gets Sybil, Clarice and Bea to perform their broom dance, Felicity to dance and she, Maud and Enid perform a sketch as Miss Hardbroom, Miss Cackle and Miss Drill as well as performing the school song. The Great Wizard tells Miss Cackle she has been summoned to an emergency meeting after failing to respond to Mrs Hallow.
229"Miss Softbroom"Delyth ThomasDiane Whitley5 March 2018 (2018-03-05)N/A
Miss Hardbroom is acting as headmistress in Miss Cackle's absence and the second years have to do a run before having smoked salmon for breakfast. Mildred eavesdrops outside the staff room, where she overhears Miss Hardbroom telling the staff Miss Cackle has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing at the magic council and the school is being inspected by Miss Doomstone later that day. Mildred tells Maud and Enid and when Miss Bat falls asleep whilst covering potions class, Mildred, Maud and Enid sneak off to the magic council to show support for Miss Cackle. In the first years potion class, Miss Hardbroom upsets Sybil when she makes a mistake with her colour changing potion, causing her cauldron to explode, so Bea decides to make a personality changing potion for Miss Hardbroom. Mildred, Maud and Enid gain access into the magic council ground and hide as The Great Wizard points out Miss Cackle's failings. Bea gives Miss Hardbroom the potion, which works when Bea suggests the class have fun and Miss Hardbroom makes jokes at Ethel and Felicity. Mrs Hallow blames Miss Cackle for Esmerelda losing her powers whilst Miss Hardbroom lets the class sing their potion recipes as well as dismissing them early. Mrs Hallow presents a petition for parents asking Miss Cackle to be removed as headmistress and Mildred, Maud and Enid emerge, asking if they can speak in Miss Cackle's defence, which Mildred does. Sybil, Clarice and Bea work on an antidote, but Miss Hardbroom refuses to take it and after being held up, Miss Doomstone arrives to see Miss Hardbroom, but slips on frog gloop. Miss Doomstone is given a personality changing potion as Miss Hardbroom takes the antidote and Miss Doomstone informs everyone she has recommended that the school stays open. Miss Cackle arrives back and breaks the news that she will be leaving the school.
2310"A New Dawn"Delyth ThomasKirsty Halton12 March 2018 (2018-03-12)N/A
Miss Pentangle arrives at Cackles Academy to run some modern magic workshops, with students speculating she is the new headmistress. Mildred, Maud and Enid are upset about the prospect of all going to different schools as Maud's parents are visiting Miss Amulet's Academy and Miss Cackle continues to look at the petition. Miss Pentangle is summoned to Miss Cackle's office and admits she has been asked to be headmistress at Cackles as well as Pentangles. Miss Pentangle impresses the first years with her modern chanting and gives Mildred a power boost in order to perform an invisibility spell in potions. Sybil faints in chanting after performing a chant with confidence and Mildred confides in Miss Pentangle over wanting to get Miss Cackle reinstated. Mildred sneaks off to Miss Cackle's office during chanting to see the petition when her classmates say their parents never signed and Miss Pentangle watches Miss Cackle help Sybil with her spells and potions when she becomes emotional after struggling. With Maud and Enid's help, Mildred makes a true author potion when Maud and Enid's signatures are on the petition and when they attempt to show Miss Hardbroom, Mildred burns the scroll as her powers are strong. The Great Wizard arrives at Cackles and Mildred tells him she believes the petition signatures are forged, so using the mists of time, they find out Mrs Hallow forged the signatures. Mrs Hallow is magicked to the school and Ethel is hurt that Mrs Hallow did it out of revenge for Esmerelda and she is sacked from the council whilst Miss Cackle is reinstated.
2411"Love at First Sight"Delyth ThomasClaire Miller19 March 2018 (2018-03-19)N/A
On Halloween, Mildred scares Maud and Enid and with Clarice and Bea, Sybil tells them about a ghoul in one of the turrets. The next day, an emotion potion made by Mildred, Maud and Enid ends up in the drinks of all the staff when it was just intended for Miss Bat to help her and Mr Rowan-Webb make up. The potion works on Miss Mould when she begins to fall for Mr Rowan-Webb and Ethel presents Esmerelda with the school founding stone to help get her powers back. Mildred, Maud, Enid and Felicity realise they have to keep Mr Rowan-Webb away from the teachers and Ethel tells Esmerelda that the founding stone that was returned was a clone made by her. Miss Hardbroom begins to fall for Mr Rowan-Webb when Enid fails to distract her away from him, as does Miss Drill whilst Ethel explains how she cloned the stone, but Esmerelda refuses to take the powers. Miss Bat makes amends with him when the potion begins to work on her and Mr Rowan-Webb falls for himself upon seeing his reflection, so Mildred and Maud get him into a classroom by using his reflection. Esmerelda takes Mildred up on her offer on advice on normal schools, giving Ethel the importunity to put in place a spell to trap Esmerelda in her room with the founding stone. Maud fails to keep the staff away from Mr Rowan-Webb, but Mildred is able to warn Miss Cackle about the situation in time for her to negate the spell. Sybil goes into Ethel's room and is scared to be trapped in and Esmerelda is annoyed that Ethel's kindness towards her is to gain their mum's approval. Esmerelda is forced to gain powers from the stone when Sybil has climbed out of the roof and on the verge of falling, which delights Ethel, but the stone dies.
25–2612–13"Finale!"
"All Hallow's Eve" / "The Big Freeze"
Delyth ThomasNeil Jones26 March 2018 (2018-03-26)N/A
Esmerelda attempts to give the powers back to the stone and Miss Cackle allows the pupils to play magical tricks on the staff without fear. Esmerelda and Sybil recall a bedtime story from when they were younger about one of their ancestors reigniting the stone, so using the Hallow family tree, Mildred asks for the Hallow responsible for that to come forward and tell them what to do, but they fly away. Miss Hardbroom struggles to get Miss Mould's references from the school she use to teach at and Mildred, Maud, Enid and Ethel try to get the answers out the Hallow ancestors and Clarice and Beatrice are convinced the magic in the school has gone haywire and Esmerelda and Sybil are forced to admit that Esmerelda has got her magic back. When Miss Drill notices the school is freezing, Miss Cackle evacuates the school, but she, Miss Hardbroom, Maud, Enid and Felicity are trapped in the potions lab. Mildred returns to the family trees to get answers from the Hallow and the witch Mildred has been looking for emerges, who turns out to be Mildred's ancestor, Mirabelle Hubble and Mildred is delighted that she is from a witching family. Mirabelle explains that she had to sacrifice her magic as well as 12 descendants and Mildred is her 13th descendant, the first magical Hubble for centuries. Whilst Mildred's mum is in the park, she is told by her miniature self to go to Cackles. In the potion's lab, Felicity is suspended in a block, so Miss Cackle, Maud and Enid give the rest of their magic to Miss Hardbroom to help Mildred, putting them into suspended blocks.. Mildred is unhappy about leaving the school, but Miss Mould tells her about a coven Mildred could go to, where she could be individual and creative. When Miss Hardbroom gets outside, it turns out that the founding stone is still in the school and the coven Miss Mould knows off is run by Agatha. Mildred praises Miss Mould as a teacher before she is frozen herself. Ethel decides to sacrifice her magic to the stone, but when she makes a speech, Miss Hardbroom, Esmerelda and Sybil are put into suspended blocks and then she is. Miss Hubble arrives at the school and gets Mildred out of her block; Mildred explains to her mum about their ancestor. Mildred decides to sacrifice her powers to the stone, but although she starts the process, Miss Mould completes the ritual in her place. The school later celebrates Halloween.

Series 3 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
271"The Wishing Star"Dirk CampbellNeil Jones7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)[15]TBD
"Mildred enters the Great Wizard’s broomstick-flying contest to win a Wishing Star."
282"Double Hubble"Dirk CampbellClaire Miller14 January 2019 (2019-01-14)[16]TBD
"Ethel and Miss Hardbroom make sure that Julie’s first day is a humiliating disaster."
293"Magic Mum"Dirk CampbellSarah Courtauld and Neil Jones21 January 2019 (2019-01-21)[17]TBD
"Julie has no idea how to control her amazing new magical powers."
304"The Swamp Troll"TBATBA28 January 2019 (2019-01-28)[18]TBD
"Full of bitterness, Ethel turns into a swamp troll and is banished to the forest."

Production and casting[edit]

In November 2014, it was announced that a new series of The Worst Witch was in development with the BBC.[19] The cast of the show was announced in October 2016.[20] Game of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey was cast as Mildred and said filming the series "was really good", but there were some challenging elements and described learning the stunts as "hard."[21] Ramsey drew similarities between herself and Mildred.[21] Meibh Campbell played the role of Maud Spellbody for series 1, but was replaced by Megan Hughes from series 2.[22] Of her casting, Hughes said working on the show is "great and I [Hughes] love the experience" and that she is "so grateful for the opportunity." Hughes had two auditions before being offered the part of Maud.[22] Hughes' mother, Claire, added that Hughes has an "amazing time" and is "really happy, really positive" throughout filming.[22] Tamara Smart gained the part of Enid Nightshade after four months of auditioning, which she described as "very long" yet "nerve racking but at the same time very exciting." Smart was excited about the "amazing experience" when she got the part.[23] Jenny Richardson and Miriam Petche were cast as sisters Ethel and Esmerelda Hallow.[24][25] Tallulah Milligan, the daughter of Coronation Street and Waterloo Road actress Angela Griffin, was cast as Drusilla Paddock. Griffin said Milligan "absolutely loves" working on the show.[26] Dagny Rollins plays the role of Felicity Foxglove.[27]

The Worst Witch is filmed at Peckforton Castle, Peckforton Cheshire, England and Burg Hohenzollern, Swabian Alps, Germany.[28] The second series is also filmed at Adlington Hall, Adlington, Cheshire, using their grand hall, minstrel's gallery and their countryside and woods backdrop.[29]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ Mark Jermin Management on Twitter: HUGE well done to Miriam Petche who will be playing the role of Esmerelda in new CBBC remake of THE WORST WITCH!
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