Thursday, May 19, 2011
Quite possibly the worst idea for entertainment in the history of the universe, a hand puppet that looks fairly routine and doesn't even talk. If it wasn't for Harry Corbett then it probably wouldn't have lasted for more than 60 years and be a part of almost every British adult's childhood memories.
His first TV appearance was in 1952 on a programme not too dissimilar to Britain's Got Talent. The thought of some middle aged guy with a glove puppet and a water pistol stood in front of Simon Cowell is cause for cheerfulness in itself. Corbett and Sooty went on to win, to have regular TV apppearances, live shows, records, books, annuals, spin offs, merchandise until now and there are more in the pipeline.
So thanks to Sooty. Bye bye everybody.