Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 6
First episode date 6 September 1993
Number of episodes 90
Networks ITV, ITV Granada, CITV
Created by Matthew Corbett
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 90
Final episode date 14 December 1998
Program creator Matthew Corbett
|Starring Matthew CorbettBrenda Longman|
Cast Matthew Corbett, Richard Cadell, Brian Sandford, Liana Bridges
Similar The Sooty Show, Sooty Heights, Sooty (2011 TV series)
Sooty & Co. is a British children's television series that was produced for six series by Granada Television, that aired on ITV from 6 September 1993 to 14 December 1998. The series centres on Matthew Corbett, and puppets Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi, as they try to run a junk shop in Manchester.
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 that are the more sensible ones.
A regular visitor at Sooty & Co. is Mo (from the market) (played by Brenda Longman, the voice of Soo), and most episodes involve Matthew getting into a mess due to the puppets, whether it is having water poured over him or having cream cakes thrown at his face. Some episodes finish with a song, usually performed by Matthew and the group. Most episodes conclude with the gang and Matthew waving "Bye Bye, Everybody, bye bye".
Full episodes of Sooty & Co. are also available to watch on the Classic Sooty Show YouTube Channel.
The show was initially shot on the same studio set as Coronation Street, with a few of the sets were visible whenever Matthew and the gang would go outside. A notable episode featured Les and Toyah Battersby appearing on the Series 6 Episode 'Estate Agents' and they were very rude to Matthew. For later series' scenes for the shop frontage were filmed on Whittaker Lane, Prestwich.
A particular controversial episode of the show was "Soo's Babies", where Soo pretended to be pregnant. It received complaints from viewers, made it into the newspapers, and made E4's Top 20 Most 'Controversial TV Programmes' at number 20. On E4's show, Brenda Longman (who plays 'Mo' and voices 'Soo' in the show), said the idea came about because Matthew tended to write for his daughter. Matthew stated that he recalled his daughter wandering into his room with a pillow up her jumper, saying she was going to have a baby. He also said how it was a sort of educational piece.
In the same episode Soo says she feels she has got the whole of the Manchester football team inside her, a joke also seen as unsuitable for children by some. In the show's defence, Longman stated how the show was also watched by parents, and that there were jokes in it for parents. Uri Geller said the story was played in a 'nice' and 'humorous' way.
Other Sooty-based shows
Below is a list of other Sooty-based shows, before and after Sooty & Co.