Return of Superdog

The Sooty Show title for this series

Episode Info

Episode Number: 5
Airdate: 4th February 1988
Time: 4:20pm
Channel: ITV
Production Code: 37950

Synopsis

Matthew has been reading all about Superman in a comic, and at the same time as this, Sweep has begun displaying unusual feats of strength. Little do they realise that Sweep is really the heroic Superdog, an alien dog from a dying planet who plummeted to Earth, but was unfortunately followed by an evil enemy dog, none other than Butch! After Superdog appears at the Sooty family breakfast bar, Butch appears and gives him a present, a glowing green crystal for Superdog to wear on his helmet. Superdog puts on the crystal, but suddenly his powers seem to fade and he becomes ill. The others tuck Superdog up in bed, whilst Butch makes his demands to the children of the world, telling them that unless they give him all of their toys they'll never see Superdog again! The others realise that the green crystal must be what is causing the problem and remove it from Superdog, who then zooms off into action to take down the evil Butch...at which point, Matthew wakes up from the dream that he's been having!


Availability

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THE BIG SURPRISE - VHS
This episode was officially released on The Big Surprise VHS released by Thames/VCI in 1988, 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 Amazon.co.uk Marketplace sellers.

Notes of Interest

Magic Wand This is one of an handful of episodes from 1981 onwards, in which Butch makes an appearance in. The character was withdrawn as a regular in the early 1980's. This is the first of two appearances during this series. The other episode he appears in is Ancestors.
Magic Wand Butch would also be portrayed as a villain in another dream sequence of Matthew's, portraying an evil pirate in the Sooty & Co. episode "Canal Capers".
Magic Wand Although this is Superdog's second appearance on The Sooty Show (the first being "Superdog" from the 1985 series), this is the first episode to actually give an origin for Superdog. Superdog would go on to appear in two more episodes of The Sooty Show, "Superdog and the Comedian" from the second 1988 series, and then "High As A Kite" from 1989.

Screenshots

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Matthew has been reading a Superman comic all about Superman's secret identity... The origin of Superdog is revealed!
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...And so too is the origin of Superdog's mortal enemy, Butch! Butch appears at Sooty's house to present a gift to Superdog...
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Butch makes his demands to the children of the world - all their toys, or they will never see Superdog again! Sooty, Soo and Matthew realise that it must be Butch's gift that is making Superdog ill!
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Superdog flies into action! Matthew wakes up from his dream about Superdog and Butch


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