The Dancer

The Sooty Show title for this series

Episode Info

Episode Number: 1
Airdate: 14th October 1983
Time: 4:20pm
Channel: ITV
Production Code: 28747



The dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy music is playing in the bedroom, where Sooty, Sweep and Soo are dancing, with Sweep dressed up as the Sugar Plum Fairy! Soo decides to demonstrate her flying leap, where Sooty and Sweep need to catch her, however Sweep doesn't catch her and she ends up on the floor. Soo goes to see Matthew, complaining about Sooty and Sweep not catching her. Sweep says he doesn't like ballet dancing as he thinks it's sissy! However Matthew explains that you have to very strong to be a dancer. Matthew tells the gang how much he used to enjoy dancing and suggests after breakfast they all do some dancing. While using the bathroom, Sweep demonstrates some 'interesting' dances he's thought of! Downstairs, Matthew gets the gang warming up before Sooty goes on to demonstrate his dancing on the breakfast bar. Afterwards, Soo explains that she's going to her ballet lesson, which gives Sooty and Sweep the idea that Matthew should have dance lessons. Matthew has organised a dance lesson with Bonnie Langford, but his efforts don't go down too well, thanks to the mischief of Sooty and Sweep! After tieing Matthew's shoe laces together and greasing his dance shoes, Sooty and Sweep help Matthew make a complete fool of himself in front of Bonnie Langford! Poor Matthew receives a certificate stating his 'Considerable Incompetence'! Matthew reads the gang a story about a doll and her dance shoes.

TV Times Synopsis: A new series of adventures with Sooty and the gang. Sweep wants to become a ballet dancer and is help with his ambition by Sooty and Soo. Matthew decides he can be as good as Sweep, but meets his downfall when his teacher turns out to be Bonnie Langford.


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Notes of Interest

Magic Wand Bonnie Langford, a famous actress and professional dancer guest stars in this episode.
Magic Wand Soo states in this episode she is taking ballet lessons. She would also later on have tap dancing lessons in the 1988 episode, Tap Time.
Magic Wand This episode is just one of three from this 1983 series, ever released to VHS or DVD! The other two episodes were Football Crazy and Soo's Party Problem.



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Sooty, Sweep and Soo are are dancing to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy music... ...but when Sooty and Sweep fail to catch her, she complains to Matthew.
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Sweep is performing his clog dance in the bathroom! Matthew books dance lessons with Bonnie Langford!
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Sooty and Sweep tie Matthew's shoe laces together... .....and Sooty puts oils on Matthew's shoes....
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...which results in poor Matthew slipping and sliding all over the place! Matthew his upset and embarrassed he made a fool of himself in front of Bonnie Langford.

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