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Sooty & Co.

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Sooty & Co. is a British children's television series that aired on ITV from 1993 to 1998 for six series, replacing the 37 year old Sooty Show. The programme centres on Matthew Corbett and puppets Sooty, Sweep, Soo, and Scampi, as they try to run a shop in Manchester. In 1998, Matthew Corbett retired and a new TV series began with new presenters called Sooty Heights. Matthew sold the rights to Sooty for almost one and a half million pounds.

Plot

Matthew Corbett runs a shop in Manchester, with puppets Sooty (a yellow bear that can perform magic), Sweep (a squeaking dog), Soo (a female panda), and "little cousin Scampi" (another, if smaller, bear). Sooty and the gang are often getting up to mischief, and it is usually Soo and Matthew who are the more sensible ones.

A regular visitor at Sooty and Co. is Mo (from the market), and most episodes involve Matthew getting into a mess due to the puppets, whether it is having water poured over him or having custard pies thrown at his face. Some episodes finish with a song, usually performed by Matthew and the group.

Characters

  • Matthew Corbett the show's presenter.
  • Sooty - a mute yellow bear who is the protagonist of the show. He owns a magic wand whose power is invoked using the words "Izzy wizzy, let's get busy".
  • Sweep - a dim-witted grey dog with a penchant for bones and sausages. He wears red wellingtons and communicates using bizarre squeaks.
  • Soo - a calm and collected female panda who acts as the foil for both Sooty and Sweep. Usually wears a red skirt. Voiced by Brenda Longman.
  • Little Cousin Scampi - Sooty's cousin, who is very cheeky and a serial troublemaker. He wears a navy blue school uniform and, like Sooty, is mute.
  • Mo from t'market - a regular customer with a blonde perm. Always introduces herself with "Only me. Mo from t'market." Played by Brenda Longman.
  • Richard - Richard is introduced into the series for the final season, as a new employee that Sooty & Co. takes on. In reality, he is introduced so the children could get to know the new presenters
  • Liana - Liana is introduced into the series for the final season, as a new employee that Sooty & Co. takes on. In reality, she is introduced so the children could get to know the new presenters.

Episodes

List of Sooty & Co. episodes

Trivia

  • Unlike "The Sooty Show" where he narrates in third person, Matthew speaksĀ in first person on this show, which he also does in Learn with Sooty.
  • In 2013, the first episode of Sooty & Co. (along with The Sooty Show) was shown on CITV's Old Skool Weekend to celebrate 30 years of CITV.
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