The Sooty Show

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The Sooty Show
Sootyshow1983al.jpg The Sooty Show opening theme, 1981-1984.
FormatChildren's/Comedy
Presented byHarry Corbett (1955-1975)
Matthew Corbett (1976-1992)
StarringMarjorie Corbett
(The voice of Soo from
1964-1980)

Brenda Longman
(The voice of Soo from
1981-1992)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series27 (1968-1992)
No. of episodes363 (1968-1992)
Production
Location(s)Teddington Studios
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)BBC (1955-1967)
Thames Television
(1968-1992)
DistributorFremantle Media
Broadcast
Original channelBBC
ITV
Original run24 July 1955 (1955-07-24) – 30 November 1992 (1992-11-30)
Chronology
Followed bySooty & Co. (1993–1998)
 
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The Sooty Show
Sootyshow1983al.jpg The Sooty Show opening theme, 1981-1984.
FormatChildren's/Comedy
Presented byHarry Corbett (1955-1975)
Matthew Corbett (1976-1992)
StarringMarjorie Corbett
(The voice of Soo from
1964-1980)

Brenda Longman
(The voice of Soo from
1981-1992)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series27 (1968-1992)
No. of episodes363 (1968-1992)
Production
Location(s)Teddington Studios
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)BBC (1955-1967)
Thames Television
(1968-1992)
DistributorFremantle Media
Broadcast
Original channelBBC
ITV
Original run24 July 1955 (1955-07-24) – 30 November 1992 (1992-11-30)
Chronology
Followed bySooty & Co. (1993–1998)

The Sooty Show is a British children's television series that aired on BBC Television from 1955 until 1967 when the BBC eventually cancelled The Sooty Show after Paul Fox, the then controller of BBC One at the time, cleared out some of the long running shows.

After it was cancelled by the BBC that year, The Sooty Show swiftly moved to ITV shortly after the launch of Thames Television in 1968 where the series remained until Thames lost its ITV franchise in 1992.

It features the glove puppet characters Sooty, Sweep (who first appeared in 1957) and Soo (first appeared in 1964), and follows them in their many mischievous adventures. The show was presented from the 1955 to 1975 by Harry Corbett, and from 1976 to 1992, by his son, Matthew as he bought the rights for Sooty for £35,000 from his father, and acted as the token human being. In 1981 The Sooty Show changed from a sketch based format with a studio audience into a more sitcom based format with the house setting.

In 1992, The Sooty Show concluded its final series, when Thames Television lost its franchise as part of the ITV network. So, in 1993, (nearly a year after the series was concluded), the show was replaced/succeeded by Sooty & Co., also presented by Matthew Corbett and was made by Granada TV in Manchester, North-West of England.

Contents

Characters

Episodes

UK VHS & DVD Releases

VHS TitleRelease DateEpisodes
The Adventures of Sooty1986Sherlock Sooty, Snuffles the Rabbit Comes to Stay, The Magic Show, Sooty Panto
Sooty & Superdog1986All Blocked Up, The Dancer, Superdog
Sooty - Out and About1987Stately Home, Rabbit Trap, Football Crazy
Sooty and Co & Sooty's House1987On the Piste, Down Dog, Marathon, Perfume, Bad Luck, White Lies
Sooty - The Big Surprise1988The Big Surprise, Return of Superdog, Overnight Away
Sooty - Sooty's Time Capsule/Ventriloquism1988Time Capsule, Ventriloquism
The Sooty Christmas Show1988The Sooty Christmas Show, Hidden Talent
Children's Favourites1988Burglar Box (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's School Trip1989School Trip, Tap Time, Moving House
Children's Favourites: Bedtime Stories1989Star Gazing (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's Restaurant1989Restaurant, Health Food
Sooty's Stately Home and Other Stories1989Stately Home, Ancestors, Millionaire
Sooty's Magic Lamp and Other Stories1989Sooty's Magic Lamp, Cuddly Toys, Make and Do
Children's Favourites Vol. 31989Amateur Dramatics (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's Christmas Party and Other Stories1989Sooty's Christmas Party, Royalty, Get Your Skates on
Children's Summer Stories1989Messing About in Boats (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Children's Club: Children's Favourites1989When I Was a Lad (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Little Cousin Scampi and Other Stories1990Little Cousin Scampi, Sticky Situation, Gardeners for Hire
The Good, The Bad and The Furry1990The Good, The Bad and The Furry (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow'.)
Sooty Wants a Pet1990Sooty Wants a Pet, The Unreal Ghostbusters, In Camera
Children's Holiday Favourites1990A Very Special Day (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Rod, Jane and Freddy'.)
Sooty's Golf Crazy Golf1990Sooty's Crazy Golf, Down Under, Grin and Bear it
Sooty's Bumper Special1990Inventors, Fat and 40, Stay Awake, Nothing Ever Happens, Bowled Over
Sooty - Sooty's Favourite Stories1990Radio Control Car, Honking Nose, Sweep's Family
Sooty Video Fun Pack1990Izzy Wizzy, Love a Duck
Sooty - Sooty's Big Time Video1991Just Not Cricket, Bangers and Smash, Water Sports, Dyb, Dyb Disaster
Sooty - Matt Robot and Other Stories1991Matt Robot, Return of Scampi, Car Boot Sale
Sooty - Hair Today and Other Stories1991Hair Today, Derek's Back, Any 5-Year-Old Can Do it
Sooty - Only Joking and Other Stories1991Only Joking, Boarding House, Bored Games
Sooty - Three Men in a Boat and Other Stories1991Three Men in a Boat, Swinging the Lead, Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes
Sooty - What a Load of Rubbish & Collecting1992What a Load of Rubbish, Collecting
The Christmas Collection1992Early Christmas (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow and 'Wind in the Willows'.)
My Bumper Christmas Sooty1997A Summertime Christmas, Little Terrors, Sooty's Christmas Party, Sooty's Busy Christmas
Sooty - Biggest Party Video1998Happy Birthday Sooty, Back to Front, Soo's Party Problem, Sweep's Family, Bored Games
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun2000A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
Cult Kids Classics 22001Superdog (Compilation VHS with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog2001Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
DVD TitleRelease DateEpisodes
Cult Kids Classics 22001Superdog (Compilation DVD with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog2001Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
Classic Kids Hits: from School Disco2003Super Star (Compilation DVD with 'Danger Mouse', 'Rainbow', 'Button Moon', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies' and 'Jamie and the Magic Torch'.)
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun2007A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
The Sooty Show - Izzy Wizzy2008Izzy Wizzy, Little Terrors, Sooty's Magic Lamp
The Sooty Show - Happy Birthday, Sooty2008Happy Birthday, Sooty, Sooty Wants a Pet, Honking Nose
Sooty - The Big Surprise2010The Big Surprise, Hidden Talent, Sticky Situation, Little Cousin Scampi, Fanatical Fun

Also, in January 2008, a promotional DVD containing 5 early 80s episodes was distributed by The Times newspaper, for Fremantle Media. The episodes featured were: Bob a Job; Safety First; Sleep Walking; Connie Comes to Tea and Sooty's Christmas Panto.

Other Sooty-based shows

Below is a list of other Sooty-based shows, after The Sooty Show.

Titleoriginal run
The Sooty Show
1955–1992
Learn with Sooty!
1989-1991
Sooty & Co.
1993–1998
Sooty's Amazing Adventures!
1996-1997
Sooty Heights
1999–2000
Sooty's Magic Show!
2000-2002
Sooty
2001–2004
Sooty
2011–present