The Worst Witch is a fantastic and ambitious re-imagining of the much loved Jill Murphy books about Mildred Hubble, who is catapulted quite literally head first into Miss Cackle’s Academy For Witches.
Mildred, who doesn’t come from a family of witches, is enjoying a normal day when a witch called Maud Spellbody lands on her apartment balcony on her way to the selection day at Cackle’s Academy. Persuaded by Maud to go along too, Mildred is introduced to a whole new world of magic and her life is changed forever.
Although she tries her best, Mildred’s lack of magical knowledge means that she is constantly getting things wrong, and the series follows her adventures as she strives not to be The Worst Witch.
Despite this Mildred is a bright, funny, kind and resourceful girl who – in times of danger – forces herself to face her fears, proving that she has the courage and soul of a true heroine.
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She quickly makes friends with Maud and Enid and the series follows their friendship as they navigate the trials and tribulations of a new school, the intrigue, the drama and the rivalries which come in the form of Mildred’s arch enemy, Ethel Hallow.
Mildred Hubble is played by Bella Ramsey who starred in season six of Game of Thrones as Lyanna Mormont.
Other cast include Meibh Campbell and Tamara Smart as Mildred’s best friends, Maud Spellbody and Enid Nightshade. Wendy Craig (The Royal; Reggie Perrin; The Forsyte Saga; Butterflies) playing the fabulously ancient chanting teacher, Miss Bat; Nicola Stephenson (Clocking Off; The Chase; Emmerdale) plays Ms Hubble; and in the role of health-and-safety-conscious teacher, Miss Gullet, is Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders; Granchester; Call The Midwife). Amanda Holden guest stars as Miss Pentangle, headmistress of a rival witch academy.
The Worst Witch will be on CBBC on Wednesdays at 4.30pm, from 11 January 2017.
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