Soo (left) with Sooty
Soo is a British puppet and TV character from the Sooty and first appeared in 1964 as the girlfriend of Sooty, but this quickly changed, into friends. Soo is a calm and collected female panda who acts as the foil for both Sooty and Sweep, and usually wears a red skirt. In the new series she has a pair of pink willies which were seen in the Series 2 episode "The Rainy Day" where she jumps in a puddle.
The original voice artist and puppeteer for Soo was Harry Corbett's wife, Marjorie Corbett, who voiced Soo until 1980. Brenda Longman took over in 1981 until 2001, when the then new owners of Sooty Hit entertainment, overhauled the series and Sheila Clark became the voice of Soo in Sooty from 2001 - 2004. Soo's personality also changed during this period from her usual calm and collected to become a bit more moody and rather stroppy.
In 1991 Soo along with many other puppets appeared in the 1991 Comic Relief music video Helping Hands
In December 2007 Soo appeared on, and won, a puppet special of The Weakest Link hosted by Anne Robinson which was originally broadcast on Friday, 28 December 2007 at 18:00GMT on BBC1, and was the strongest link statistically five times in the game, in Rounds 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7. She raised £11,500 for her chosen charity, the World Wide Fund for Nature (which, ironically, has the logo of the panda on it, and Soo herself is a panda), after defeating Roland Rat thanks to sudden death, and when voting, she generally sided with the majority of the other puppets, and was the deciding vote in Round 7, eliminating Nobby the Sheep. She is the second puppet to win The Weakest Link after Basil Brush. In her appearance on The Weakest Link, it is revealed that she owns a pair of wellingtons and wore them to the show.
On 30 September 2008, Brenda Longman, assisted by Soo, appeared on BBC One's Bargain Hunt, buying antiques at London's Portobello Road Market and then selling them at Bellmans Auction House in Sussex.
|1964-1992||The Sooty Show||Herself|
|1989-1991||Learn With Sooty||Herself||TV spin-off series|
|1993-1998||Sooty & Co.||Herself|
|1996-1997||Sooty's Amazing Adventures||Herself||TV spin-off series|
|2007||The Weakest Link: Puppet Special||Herself, Contestant||Won £11,500 for WWF|
|2008||Bargain Hunt||Herself, Guest||One episode|
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