Children's slapstick show with the little bear glove puppet and his friends.


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Series cast summary:
Matthew Corbett Matthew Corbett ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 291 episodes, 1971-1992
Marjorie Corbett Marjorie Corbett ...  Soo 239 episodes, 1968-1981
Harry Corbett Harry Corbett ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 185 episodes, 1968-1984
Brenda Longman Brenda Longman ...  Soo / ... 164 episodes, 1981-1992


The adventures of Sooty, a bear who is silent; Sweep, a dog who has the voice of a cuzoo; and Sue, a panda who has a normal voice. They are all rather naughty, so it's up to Mr Corbett and later his son Matthew to keep them in line. Written by Roseanne Hodge

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30 July 1968 (UK) See more »

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Performing attendee's of the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event 'Save the Rose Theatre' campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. [See Artist/Character Entry] See more »


[repeated line]
Presenter (1976-1992): Look at this.
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Referenced in Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (2005) See more »

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10 October 2007 | by Flower_of_the_LilySee all my reviews

I quite literally grew up with "The Sooty Show" - I started watching as a toddler and continued watching right up until my early teens. In an age when children's TV seems to have become all sanitised and scientific, it was great to remember the little yellow teddy bear and all the mischief, mayhem and magic!

It's a simple show, comprised of several hand puppets and the human host (Matthew Corbett, when I watched). Yellow teddy bear Sooty (who never actually speaks!), his adorable if dim-witted pal Sweep, a little grey dog who only ever squeaks, sensible panda Soo, and in later years Sooty's Little Cousin Scampi, together with their long suffering guardian Matthew, all live together. And trouble is never very far away - especially since Sooty has a magic wand and a mischievous streak!

The stories are simple, but everything in Sooty's world, from gardening to delivering the post to inventing, is an adventure. And usually a very funny one at that! Matthew tries to keep order amongst chaos, but usually doesn't manage it - in one episode I remember Sooty's magic going awry and Matthew turning into a lion, a monkey, a penguin and a monster all in quick succession. But everything always comes all right in the end with the magical refrain "Izzy wizzy, let's get busy!" Bang in the video, and get ready for a true children's classic!

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