|1948: July. Harry Corbett, the nephew of Harry Ramsden, (the owner of the
famous fish and chip shop chain) buys a bear glove puppet from a novelty
shop on Blackpool pier for 7s 6d. Harry an engineer by trade bought the
puppet, he named Teddy, to amuse his children, David aged three and Peter,
four months. |
|1952: 3rd May. Harry, an amateur magician, makes his first appearance on the BBCs
'Talent Night' television program with his puppet Teddy. They were a
success, however Harry, was asked to make his teddy bear puppet look
different from other bears. Harry first tried making his puppet all black
but as that didn't look right he blackened just his ears and nose and Sooty was born. |
|1952: At the request of Freda Lingstrom, Harry and Sooty become regulars on the BBC children's television
program, 'Saturday Special,' with Peter Butterworth.|
|1955: Sooty is given his own show imaginatively titled, 'The Sooty
|1957: Sweep joins Sooty on the show.|
|1964: Soo the panda makes her first appearance. Soo was Sootys'
girlfriend but no touching between Sooty and Soo was allowed.|
|1967: The BBC cancels 'The Sooty Show.' After Paul Fox, the new
controller of BBC 1 clears out some of the long running shows. Sooty swiftly moves to Thames
|1969: 'The Sooty Show' is filmed in colour for the first time.|
|1975: 24th December. Harry suffers a major heart attack.|
|1976: June. Harry receives an O.B.E. from the Queen at Buckingham
|1976: Matthew buys the
rights for Sooty for £35,000 from his Dad, and acts as the token human bean.|
|1989: On 17 August Harry Corbett sadly died, aged 71.|
|1992: Thames Television loses the Sooty franchise.|
|1993: Sooty signs with Granada for the new series 'Sooty and Co,' which
was set in a second hand shop.|
|1995: Sooty is voted best character in the ITV Children's Awards.|
|1996: Sooty & Sweep are sold to the Japanese-owned merchant bank, Guinness Mahon, for more
than £1.4 million. Matthew receives £1.1 million pounds to continue his link
with Sooty until 1998. £300,000 was channeled by the Global Rights
Development Fund, through which Guinness Mahon had exercised the deal into
projecting Sooty worldwide. |
|1996: 3 September, Sooty appears on a 26p stamp with Harry Corbett, to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Children's Television. The other stamps in
the collection featured Muffin the Mule, Stingray, The Clangers and
|1996: Sooty is made into a cartoon series called 'Sootys' Amazing
Adventures.' The cartoon set in an old Theatre, features two new characters,
Katarina the cat and Captain Fogbound a hot air balloonist.|
|1998: Matthew sells the rights to Sooty and retires.|
|1998: Richard Cadell becomes Sootys' 'right hand man.'|
|1998: A new series entitled 'Sooty Heights' with Richard and Liana
Bridges begins. 'Sooty Heights' is set in a hotel located in the fictional
seaside town of Sandford on Sea. The town is named after Brian Sandford,
who has been giving Sweep a 'hand' since May 1987. The only other person
remaining from the 'Corbett' years is Brenda Longman, who has been working
with Sooty for 20 years as the voice of Soo.|
|1999: Sweep joins the Police (part time) and 'The Sweep News' is
|2000: Gullane Entertainment take over the Sooty franchise. Changes are
swiftly made. Liana Bridges who co-starred with Richard Cadell during series
47 & 48 does not have her contract renewed. The Sooty Heights Hotel is
given a radical makeover, and a new character cat called Miki joins the
show. It is decided that Little Cousin Scampy should take a back seat and
only appears in a few episodes of series 49. |
This is the rarely seen Brian Sandford (Sweeps right
Brian began work with Sooty & Sweep at the beginning of
May 1987, at Thames Television. Brian got the job as his father, who at that
time was the theatre manager of The New Theatre in Hull, knew Matthew Corbett.
Matthew had been taking his theatre tour to Hull over many years, and Brians'
father took the opportunity to hand to Matthew, Brians' CV.
The rest is as they say history, as Brian and Sweep have been
inseparable ever since!
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