Sweep (puppet)

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Sweep (right) and Sooty

Sweep is a British puppet and TV character popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and other countries.

Sweep is a grey glove puppet dog with long black ears who joined The Sooty Show in 1957, as a friend to fellow puppet Sooty. His general dim-witted behaviour and penchant for bones and sausages has made him an endearing, entertaining character that children still love to this day. Probably his most unusual characteristic is his method of communication. It consists of a loud high pitched squeak that gains its inflection from normal speech and its rhythm from the syllables in each word. The rest of the cast (namely Soo and the presenter) could understand Sweep perfectly, and would indirectly translate for the viewer. The original puppeteer (Harry Corbett's brother, Leslie) achieved the sound of Sweep's voice using a saxophone reed.

It is known that, unusually for a glove puppet, Sweep wore wellingtons as several of the more slapstick routines involved his getting upended, leaving his wellies flailing helplessly in the air.[citation needed]

Sweep's family first appeared on the Sooty Show in an episode called Sweep's Family. He has his mother and father, and 3 brothers, Swoop, Swipe and Swap (all of whom look exactly like him, except that they each wear different coloured collars to tell each other apart).

Sweep appeared in a music video dancing and squeaking along to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face".

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