The Sooty Show

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The Sooty Show

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The Sooty Show is about Sooty, Sweep, Soo, Little Cousin Scampi (when he joined in 1991) and Matthew. Matthew took over The Sooty Show in 1976 from his father Harry, after he wasn't keeping so well. At this time Matthew was given a choice whether to take a job as the temporary presenter at first, but then he bought the rights and he became Sooty's new right hand man. Here's some background information on the characters. Harry Corbett was the first person to 'invent' Sooty. Harry bought a bear from a shop on a wet family holiday to keep his children entertained, then he became good at it and went onto Talent Night. He then was a huge sucess with Sooty, and then got slots on the BBC for Sooty and him. After all that he got a television series The Sooty Show. Then he didn't keep so well, and on Christmas Day in 1976 he had a heart attack, it was then that his son Matthew was given the chance to take over The Sooty Show temporary until Harry recovered. Matthew then bought the rights to Sooty and Matthew owned him. Harry wasn't happy though because when Harry did recover he wanted to make a comeback with Sooty. Majorie (Harry's wife) and Matthew didn't think it would be good for his health if he returned, so it was agreed in the end he would to a small amount of shows. On the 17th of August 1989 Harry sadly died of a heart attack. Matthew Corbett was the second presenter of The Sooty Show, from 1976 to 1992, then they moved onto their new series Sooty & Co, that ran until 1998.Then sadly Matthew retired. Orginally, Matthew was part of Rod, Jane and Matthew, which today is known as Rod, Jane and Freddy. He left them to be the presenter of The Sooty Show. The Sooty Show was brilliant because of its humour for young or old people and also Matthew had a great way of educating children aswell, such as safety with matches. Matthew also wrote The Sooty Show and Sooty & Co. Matthew was great because of him telling of all his talents to Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Scampi and then they would ask him to do one of his talents and he would fail! Matthew did a great job of taking over from Harry, and one thing Matthew does have a talent for is being a great sucess. He certainly kept the standards up like Harry. One last thing, it was a sad day when he retired. Matthew is the oldest of the group, and looks after Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi. Mostly poor Matthew would fall victim to Sooty's magic spells or anything that went wrong! Matthew would often boast aswell and Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Scampi would have to prove him wrong! Sooty the little magical yellow bear.Sooty is only five-years old. He was the first character that created the craze for himself (of course, Sooty) Sooty is always getting up to tricks and making magic spells with his magic wand. He is very clever, and can sometimes be cleverer than adults! Sweep is the youngest of the group at the age of four-years old. Sweep loves bones and sausages, and also Sweep is not very bright unless he is talking about bones or sausages. Soo is also five-years old, and is the most reliable out of Sooty, Sweep and Little Cousin Scampi. Soo is a panda, and is the only girl out of the programme who appears regularly. Little Cousin Scampi made a appearance in a 1990 episode called 'Little Cousin Scampi' this is when we found out that Scampi was Sooty's cousin and we also found out he was very naughty! Scampi actually started appearing regularly in the 1991 episode called 'Return of Scampi'.moreless
Matthew Corbett

Matthew Corbett

Matthew (Written and Presented (1976-1992)

Brenda Longman

Brenda Longman

Voice of Soo

Soo

Soo

Herself

Sooty

Sooty

Himself

Sweep

Sweep

Himself