In a world full of troubles and suffering, it's cheering to read today that the naughty bear Sooty is to return to British Television.
The much-loved puppet was first seen on British television in 1952 with his creator Harry Corbett. His son Matthew Corbett took over the show in 1978. It has recently been announced that Sooty will star in a new 26 part production. The new Sooty Show has been updated to satisfy modern sensibilities and political correctness; Sooty however remains
In essence the hand-puppet Sooty and his friends Sweep the dog and Soo the panda bear are a highly original variant upon Punch and Judy, complete with much of the slap-stick comedy of the sea-side booth performers but without any of the inherent misogyny and violence associated with Punch and Judy. Sooty celebrated his 60th birthday on 19 July 2008 and because his birthday was close to Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, he sent him a birthday message. When Harry Corbett received an O.B.E. for his charitable work Sooty responded by squirting Prince Philip with his water-pistol !
A very early appearance of Sooty on British T.V. accompanied by his creator, Harry Corbett
Link to Sooty's Official Web page