When I Was A Lad

The Sooty Show title for this series

Episode Info

Episode Number: 13
Airdate: 31st March 1988
Time: 4:20pm
Channel: ITV
Production Code: 37955


Sooty, Sweep and Soo are in their bedroom, where Sooty is playing a trick on Soo by taking her teddy bear, Bruno. Soo is angry and goes to complain to Matthew. Matthew then shouts Sooty and Sweep to tell them off, however Matthew also accuses Soo of whinging and whining. He goes on to accuse all three of being wimps and tells them they are lucky to have when they have got. Matthew then goes on to tell them they don't know the meaning of hardship and that they have it too easy, living in the lap of luxury. Matthew says he doesn't need any luxuries and can live without them. He tells Sweep that he can have a cold bath, as he doesn't need the luxury of hot water, but Sweep is reluctant to get into a cold bath! However Matthew catches him out, when Sweep pretends he is having a shower!.... Matthew says they are all too soft, with the gang arguing he is just as soft as they are. Matthew says he will go out for the afternoon with no money, no jacket, a rip in his pants and holes in his shoes and still have a better time than Sooty, Sweep and Soo! Soo tells Matthew that Sooty, Sweep and herself have been invited to Chessington World of Adventures by Auntie Connie. While Sooty, Sweep and Soo have a great time, Matthew's afternoon of doing what he did when he was a lad, goes from bad to worse! However Sooty, Sweep and Soo have a welcome surprise for him when he arrives home wet, cold and hungry, regretting he didn't join Sooty, Sweep and Soo at Chessington World of Adventures.


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Notes of Interest

Magic Wand This episode features a very rare occurance in the series, of Matthew (or in this case his arm and hand) entering Sooty, Sweep and Soo's bathroom! It is never quite explained how he manages to access their bathroom, when their landing area outside the bathroom is also miniaturised to their size, so where would Matthew be standing?.....we can only assume the main house landing is joined to Sooty, Sweep and Soo's landing, enabling Matthew to stretch his arm into their bathroom...
Magic Wand This episode features a guest appearance from Connie Creighton, who would appear in one episode of The Sooty Show each series!
Magic Wand The theme park Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Connie visit in this episode is Chessington World Of Adventures, located in Surrey.
Magic Wand The title of this episode would later be re-used for a Sooty & Co episode in 1996!


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Sooty hides Soo's teddy bear, Bruno ... Matthew explains to Sooty, Sweep and Soo that they have it too easy, unlike when he was a lad.
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Matthew suspects Sweep of lying about having a cold shower and sneaks upstairs.... ....where he catches Sweep out!
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Sooty, Sweep and Soo are at Chessington World Of Adventures with Auntie Connie. Sooty, Sweep and Soo dress up to have their picture taken!
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Matthew gets soaked in a rain storm, while Sooty, Sweep and Soo have a fun day out! A soaked Matthew returns home to find that Connie has sent him burger and chips for tea.

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