Sleep Walking

The Sooty Show title for this series

Episode Info

Episode Number: 10
Airdate: 16th November 1981
Time: 4:20pm
Channel: ITV
Production Code: 24686


It's early morning in Sooty's house and the three friends have had a lie in, to the surprise of Matthew who wakes them up! Matthew decides to cook a bit of a celebration breakfast, with both Sooty and Soo looking forward to a big breakfast, however Sweep says he isn't hungry. Soo is in such a great mood she gives Sweep a bone back that she hid from him, but he isn't interested as he says again that he isn't hungry. Downstairs Matthew has been waiting for the gang to arrive, with Sooty and Soo looking forward to their breakfast, however Matthew has some bad news! The house has been burgled of all the food! All that the mystery thief left are a few beans between them! Soo explains that there is plenty of food in her kitchen, however when Matthew, Sooty and Soo get there, they discover that the food has been taken from her kitchen as well, with only a few beans left again! Sweep isn't interested again, stating he still isn't hungry. Matthew decides it's time to call in a professional to investigate and Sherlock Sooty arrives on the case! Sherlock Sooty decides to look for clues and decides they all point to Matthew being the culprit and wants to arrest him! Later Matthew explains that the gang went down to the supermarket and bought more food, so they should have a nice breakfast the next morning, but someone is lurking about shining a torch in Matthew's kitchen, could it be the burglar? Matthew awakes to find that all the food has been burgled again, including the food Soo bought for her kitchen and Sweep still isn't hungry. Sherlock Sooty is back again to take fingerprints, but once again it's Matthew's he decides to take, which leads him wanting to arrest poor Matthew for the crime once again! Sweep rushes to tell Matthew he has seen the burglar trying to break into an upstairs window, but it turns out to be a very annoyed windown cleaner, who tips his bucket of water over poor Matthew! Later on, Matthew is about to get in bed while explaining Soo has been down to the supermarket for even more food, when he hears a noise downstairs. Matthew, Sooty and Soo go downstairs, to find Sweep Sleep Walking! Sweep is cooking the food in his sleep and eating it. It seems that it was Sweep as the food burglar all along. Matthew gets Sweep back into bed, using Sweep's favourite bone. At last the mystery is solved!


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This episode has been released on the free DVD that came with a promotion The Times newspaper was running in 2008. However copies of this DVD are often sold on eBay. This episode was also available on the Adventures of Sooty VHS released by Thames/Video Collection in 1986, however this is now deleted. Click on the image above for more information about this VHS, or click the Amazon link to buy this VHS from Marketplace sellers.

Notes of Interest

Magic Wand This episode is fondly known amongst fans as 'Sherlock Sooty' due to it being billed as that on the VHS release, The Adventures of Sooty, however it's official title is Sleep Walking!
Magic Wand This episode was billed as 'Lazy Day' on the DVD sleeve of the free 'The Times Promotional DVD'. It's possible The Times received the Sleep Walking master by mistake and the 2 episodes somehow could have gotten mixed up?) This created a bit of confusion among fans, finding it odd that the Sherlock Sooty episode' official title was Lazy Day!
Magic Wand The Sherlock Sooty character was featured heavily in the 1980 series, as each episode featured one part of a 9 part film series starring Sherlock Sooty, called The Case of the Black Hand!
Magic Wand The window cleaner in this episode was played by Peter Jago (one of The Sooty Show puppeteers!)


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Sooty and Soo tell Matthew what they would like for their breakfast... ...But Sweep isn't hungry, and doesn't want his bone!
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All the food that's left is just three beans each! All the food from Soo's kitchen has been stolen as well!
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Sherlock Sooty takes Matthew's finger prints! Poor Matthew is soaked by the window cleaner!
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Matthew, Sooty and Soo discover it was Sweep eating the food all along! He had been sleep walking and sleep eating! Matthew gets Sweep back into bed using Sweep's favourite bone.

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