The Sooty Show

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The Sooty Show
Sootyshow1983al.jpg
The Sooty Show opening theme, 1981-1984.
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)
Composer(s)Alan Braden
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series43 (1955-1992)
No. of episodes481 (1955-1992)
Production
Location(s)Teddington Studios
Running time10-20 minutes
Production company(s)BBC (1955-1967)
Thames Television
(1968-1992)
DistributorBBC (BBC series)
Fremantle Media (Thames series)
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.
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)
Composer(s)Alan Braden
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series43 (1955-1992)
No. of episodes481 (1955-1992)
Production
Location(s)Teddington Studios
Running time10-20 minutes
Production company(s)BBC (1955-1967)
Thames Television
(1968-1992)
DistributorBBC (BBC series)
Fremantle Media (Thames series)
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 set in the Sooteries cottage.

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.

A variety of The Sooty Show episodes are available to watch on YouTube - Classic Sooty Show Episodes

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

UK VHS & DVD Releases[edit]

VHS TitleRelease DateEpisodes
The Adventures of Sooty (VC1049)7 April 1986Sleepwalking, Snuffles, The Magic Show, Sooty's Panto
Sooty & Superdog (TV9919)3 November 1986All Blocked Up, The Dancer, Superdog
Sooty - Out and About (TV9959)5 October 1987Stately Home, Rabbit Trap, Football Crazy
Sooty and Co & Sooty's House (TV8432)5 October 1987On the Piste, Down Dog, Marathon, Perfume, Bad Luck, White Lies
Children's Favourites (TV8011)7 March 1988Burglar Box (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty - The Big Surprise (TV8027)4 April 1988The Big Surprise, Return of Superdog, Overnight Away
Sooty - Sooty's Time Capsule/Ventriloquism (WP0003)7 November 1988Time Capsule, Ventriloquism
The Sooty Christmas Show (TV8041)7 November 1988The Sooty Christmas Show, Hidden Talent
Sooty's Restaurant (TV8055)6 March 1989Restaurant, Health Food
Sooty's School Trip (TV8047)24 April 1989School Trip, Tap Time, Moving House
Sooty's Stately Home and Other Stories1 May 1989Stately Home, Ancestors, Millionaire
Sooty's Magic Lamp and Other Stories1 May 1989Sooty's Magic Lamp, Cuddly Toys, Make and Do
Children's Favourites Vol. 31 May 1989Amateur Dramatics (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Children's Club: Children's Favourites1 May 1989When I Was a Lad (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Children's Summer Stories5 June 1989Messing About in Boats (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's Christmas Party and Other Stories (TV8073)6 November 1989Sooty's Christmas Party, Royalty, Get Your Skates on
Children's Favourites: Bedtime Stories (TV8077)6 November 1989Star Gazing (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty - Sooty's Favourite Stories (TV8082)2 April 1990Radio Control Car, Honking Nose, Sweep's Family
Children's Holiday Favourites (TV8093)4 June 1990A Very Special Day (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Rod, Jane and Freddy'.)
Sooty Wants a Pet (TV8098)2 July 1990Sooty Wants a Pet, The Unreal Ghostbusters, In Camera
Sooty's Golf Crazy Golf (TV8099)2 July 1990Sooty's Crazy Golf, Down Under, Grin and Bear it
Sooty's Bumper Special (TV8112)10 September 1990Inventors, Fat and 40, Stay Awake, Nothing Ever Happens, Bowled Over
The Good, The Bad and The Furry (WP0025)1 October 1990The Good, The Bad and The Furry (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow'.)
Sooty - Sooty's Big Time Video (TV8081)11 March 1991Just Not Cricket, Bangers and Smash, Water Sports, Dyb, Dyb Disaster
Sooty Video Fun Pack (TB8143)19 August 1991Izzy Wizzy, Love a Duck
Little Cousin Scampi and Other Stories (WH1023)7 October 1991Little Cousin Scampi, Sticky Situation, Gardeners for Hire
Sooty - Matt Robot and Other Stories (TV8157)10 February 1992Matt Robot, Return of Scampi, Car Boot Sale
Sooty - Hair Today and Other Stories (TV8158)10 February 1992Hair Today, Derek's Back, Any 5-Year-Old Can Do it
Sooty - Three Men in a Boat and Other Stories (TV8161)15 June 1992Three Men in a Boat, Trains, Boats and Planes, Swinging the Lead
Sooty - Only Joking and Other Stories (TV8162)15 June 1992Only Joking, Boarding House, Bored Games
Sooty - What a Load of Rubbish & Collecting (LW0001)5 October 1992What a Load of Rubbish, Collecting
The Christmas Collection (TV8165)5 October 1992Early Christmas (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow and 'Wind in the Willows'.)
My Bumper Christmas Sooty (TV8266)27 October 1997A Summertime Christmas, Little Terrors, Sooty's Christmas Party, Sooty's Busy Christmas
Sooty - Biggest Party Video (TV8269)23 March 1998Happy Birthday Sooty, Back to Front, Soo's Party Problem, Sweep's Family, Bored Games
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun9 October 2000A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
Cult Kids Classics 25 March 2001Superdog (Compilation VHS with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog13 August 2001Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
DVD TitleRelease DateEpisodes
Cult Kids Classics 221 May 2001Superdog (Compilation DVD with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog13 August 2001Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
Classic Kids Hits: from School Disco8 September 2003Super Star (Compilation DVD with 'Danger Mouse', 'Rainbow', 'Button Moon', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies' and 'Jamie and the Magic Torch'.)
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun2 April 2007A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
The Sooty Show - Izzy Wizzy7 July 2008Izzy Wizzy, Little Terrors, Sooty's Magic Lamp
The Sooty Show - Happy Birthday, Sooty7 July 2008Happy Birthday, Sooty, Sooty Wants a Pet, Honking Nose
Sooty - The Big Surprise19 April 2010The 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[edit]

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

Broadcast[edit]

CountryChannel
 ItalyRai 2 1983-1996
 Hong KongTVB Jade
 SingaporeMediaCorp
 PortugalRTP RTP2 1989
 FinlandMTV2
 PeruTV Peru 1981 - 1984
 PhilippinesGMA Network
 NorwayTV2
 ThailandTIGA
 FranceTF1 1977-1988
 IndonesiaB Channel
 United KingdomBBC
 IsraelIsraeli Educational Television

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