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Si-Co1,977 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Sooty's had lots of breaks, changes of formats and the companies producing it as well, Blue Peter hasn't.

What time did it change from a studio show in front of an audience to them living in a house? I presume around the time Matthew took over.


As Neil says above, it was from January 1981 - actually Matthew’s fifth series. That was when the familiar 80s opening theme was introduced.

Series 4, from early 1980, was the one where each episode ended with “Sooty’s Disco”. The Christmas Pantomime, first shown in December 1980 but repeated until
at least 1982, was the last audience-based show.
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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Interestingly that video follows the old format of having an audience but uses the theme tune.

Produced independently of Thames though, hence the very dodgy Soo.
nwtv20038,297 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
Interestingly that video follows the old format of having an audience but uses the theme tune.

Produced independently of Thames though, hence the very dodgy Soo.


I’m surprised that they didn’t use Thames for that release, considering by 1982 Thames Video was established, but a few years away from Thames Video Collection being a thing. Interesting that at the end of the video Matthew mentions that you may see us on TV or stage, maybe this was a video version of the stage show. I’m assuming that the stage show had nothing to do with Thames at any point.
steve
steviegTVreturns