Talking of theme tunes, the slow version of that Sooty Show theme used to close the episodes in 1981 before it was normally replaced by the familiar “Sooty the Magical Bear” instrumental from 1983 onwards. I haven’t managed to find an episode online with that slow theme intact (most uploads from that era are from a VHS compilation with the opening and closing titles cut out).
Do you mean this one Si? It's on a handful of the eps that are on Youtube if you search by name (Matthew's Car, Connie Comes to Tea etc.) - though some of the uploads loop back to the beginning of the ep, so the closing credits will sometimes be 5 mins or more before the end of the actual video (the one below is OK).
Just seen this post, Dan. Yes - that’s the theme I meant! It was only used for two series as far as I know - both made in 1981. The first episode of the 1983 series used this theme, but from episode two it was replaced with the Sooty the Magical Bear instrumental, which stuck around for the rest of the Thames run, I think.
That slow theme was rarely played in full - I think you’ve found one of the ones that did use the full thing!!
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