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The Sooty Show

The Sooty Show starred none other than the bear himself - Sooty! Sooty and his friends Sweep and Soo all lived together with their human friend Matthew (or if you're really old, Harry).

Harry Corbett first introduced Sooty to the nation in the 1950s but in the 1970s his son Matthew took over the show.

Sooty was a hit with most children and has been an enduring success for over 40 years.

Trivia: Harry H Corbett the actor who played Harold in Steptoe and Son added the extra H to avoid confusion with Sooty's creator.


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Do You Remember The Sooty Show?

Do You Remember The Sooty Show?

  • Anonymous user
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    Yes, I really enjoyed this one- I remember an episode where Dave Lee Travis appeared on it. I also remember the Sootymobile, also Butch the Dog. He was a bulldog, and it was only he and Soo who could talk normally- Sooty himself was silent, and Sweep communicated only in squeaks, which I never used to like (dogs do NOT squeak, they BARK!!) However, the others still seemed to understand what he was saying, and he seems very much to be everyone's favourite Sooty character, me included. He rightly has his own seperate mention on DYR- looking at him, he must be ever so clever, as he has a massive cranial dome! Does anyone remember the Sooty pop group? I can't remember who did the vocals, but Sweep was on bass and Soo on keyboards, with Sooty himself on drums. They also had a trio of mouse singers who did the backing vocals. Sooty & Sweep also appeared in a comic strip in one of the children's comics (I think it was Pippin) where they both were finally endowed with the power of human speech! Sooty has been adopted as the mascot of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, and you can see collection boxes of him in post offices and chemists up and down the land.
  • Anonymous user
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    It looks as if the reports of Matthew's death on this page were greatly exaggerated! I thought I'd check as I saw him on the CITV 30 year documentary the other week. According to this, he's alive and well and presenting the odd programme for ITV Granada! http://sooty.wikia.com/wiki/Matthew_Corbett It also says he last guest appeared with Sooty in 2011. There was a clip of this on the 30 Year doc. The Sooty Show - Matthew era - was great. The episode I always remember is where Sooty and his friends dared Matthew to spend the night in a haunted house. Needless to say, they provided all the ghosts themselves! Sooty also planned to suck up any real ghosts with the hoover after watching The Real Ghostbusters! Then there was an episode where Matthew saw a mad doctor, who had more ailments than his patients. I remember he asked Matthew for a pen. "Are you going to write me a prescription?" Matthew asks. "No," says the doctor. "I want you to sign my potted leg." Matthew's scripts were great and when I saw the first Sooty & Co again the other week, I admired the way he'd written Sooty's move up to Manchester into the ongoing storyline, apologising that the kids weren't told about the move. Great stuff.
  • Anonymous user
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    great!
  • AnythingButOrdinary7
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    I used to watch Sooty and Company when I was younger.
  • Anonymous user
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    Can anyone remember a scetch in the sooty show about a black hand?
  • Anonymous user
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    I absolutley loved the sotty show, I live in Surrey near Mytchett where it was filmed and I would get most excited when we drove past. My sister in law is a hairdresser and cut Matthew Corbetts hair, said he was a bit of a meany!
  • Anonymous user
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    I went to see Sooty on stage with Harry Corbett but I was too young to know who he was, I wanted to see Matthew!
  • Anonymous user
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    Yeah, i remember the Sooty Mobile! used to see it when we took out dog for a walk in the surrounding woods and fields. then the dog got run over just nearby so no more trips out there....
  • Anonymous user
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    I LOVED THE SOOTY SHOW...MY FAVE WAS SWEEP. MY HUSBAND STILL HAS A HAND PUPPET OF SWEEP THAT OUR LITTLE GIRL PLAYS WITH NOW...I REMEMBER SOOTY WHEN HE WAS WITH HARRY CORBETT..!! AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT WE ARE TAKING OUR TWO DAUGHTERS TO SEE THE SOOTY SHOW AT HULL NEW THEATRE NEXT MONTH.....WHO REMEMBERS BUTCH THE DOG?!!
  • Anonymous user
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    My brother David and I absolutely loved the Sooty Show as young boys and our ten - year - old cousin Shay loves it as much as we did. We were very saddened when we heard that Matt had died after being unfit with cancer.