There is a new series of Sooty over on CITV and the great thing about it — it is good!
I was skeptical as this beloved show from my childhood was fantastic (and my 21-year-old self will maintain that it was fantastic).
Originally started back in 1948 with Harry Corbett who then passed it on to his son Matthew Corbett in the 1970s.
Matthew Corbett is the man I remember as Sooty’s operator who lived with the bear as well as Soo and Sweep and other characters who would drop by now and again, as well as amusing celebrity cameos.
Then Matthew Corbett passed the bear baton to Richard Cadell and the company moved to a hotel, and this is where I stopped watching. It felt embarrassing and strange and went against what I knew as the show.
However, I happened to catch some of the new series on CITV and was pleasantly surprised. The company has now moved into a caravan holiday camp which feels slightly dated but is fun and creates a nice atmosphere. It also has the mini sets for the puppets back, which are adorable.
It also has the celebrity cameos in abundance. Some are questionable as they needed milk and eggs so found the local friendly farmer Keith Chegwin, and Justin Lee Collins playing a Wacky Races villain. There will be a delay to see Paul Daniels with the puppets though as he had to go to A and E after Sooty through a pizza at him.
My only complaint is that the opening titles are nowhere near as awesome as the ones in the 90s.