The Worst Witch (film)
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The Worst Witch Film

The Worst Witch
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Based onThe Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy
Screenplay byMary Pleshette Willis
Directed byRobert W Young
StarringFairuza Balk
Diana Rigg
Charlotte Rae
Tim Curry
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original English
Executive Hilary Heath
Colin Shindler
CinematographyIan Hollands
Editor(s)Andrew Denny
Running time70 minutes
Production Central
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Original release
  • 1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)

The Worst Witch is a 1986 British musical fantasy television film based on the children's book of the same name by Jill Murphy.


The film follows the plot of the 1974 book. The movie centers around Mildred Hubble, who is invariably the "Worst Witch" at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches; a school of magic. Mildred creates many mishaps, including being late for school and making all of her classmates fall down, the incidents of when Mildred and her friend unintentionally turn themselves invisible, and transforming Ethel into a pig. The climax surrounds Miss Cackle's notorious twin evil sister, Agatha, plotting to take over the Academy. Ultimately Agatha is foiled by Mildred and Mildred establishes herself as the hero for the academy.


  • Diana Rigg as Miss Hardbroom
  • Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle/Agatha
  • Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard
  • Fairuza Balk as Mildred Hubble
  • Sabina Franklyn as Miss Spellbinder
  • Su Elliot as Delilah
  • Danielle Batchelor as Maud Warlock
  • Anna Kipling as Ethel Hallow
  • Kate Buckley as Donna
  • Leila Marr as Pixie Brown
  • Liz May Brice as Zoe Chant-Vestry
  • Katrina Heath as Sophie Hattrick
  • Tara Stevenson as Gloria Hobgoblin
  • Laura Heath as Misty Meadow
  • Sophie Cook as Natalie Sinister
  • Sophie Millett as Verity Sinister
  • Julia J. Nagle as Bubble Toil
  • Kathryn Lacey as Goodie Twocharm
  • Nevena Kaley as Dawn Undercover
  • Caroline Woolf as Julie Vanishing
  • Amy Shindler as Spinner Webb
  • Pui Fan Lee as Prefect


The film was shot at St. Michael's College in Tenbury Wells. Its opening and closing song "Growing Up Isn't Easy" was sung by Bonnie Langford. It was composed by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Don Black. They also wrote "Anything Can Happen on Halloween". This song was covered by British rock band Stonegarth in 2008. Denis King composed its score and wrote the song "My Little School".

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