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BBC to let Sooty go: from the archive, 13 January 1968

After 15 years, and about 200 programmes, dear old Auntie is showing signs of disenchantment with the puppet’s creator Harry Corbett

Sooty the puppet, his friend Sweep the mongrel, Ramsbotham the snake, and their amiable creator, Harry Corbett, may have lost a friend in the BBC but they seem to have found one in commercial television.

After 15 years, and about 200 programmes, dear old Auntie is showing signs of disenchantment with Mr Corbett, although Sooty on his own still finds favour at Shepherd’s Bush. According to Mr Corbett, the BBC merely wants to retain him as a manipulator and use an actor to talk to Sooty. “A horrible American idea,” says Mr Corbett scornfully.

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