The Sooty Show-It features the glove puppet characters Sooty, Sweep (who first appeared in 1957) and Soo (first appeared in 1964), and follows them in their many mischievous adventures. The show was presented from the 1955 to 1975 by Harry Corbett, and from 1976 to 1992, by his son, Matthew and acted as the token human being. In 1981 The Sooty Show changed from a sketch based format with a studio audience into a more sitcom based format with the house setting.
For a first event of any kind, a 17,000 kilometer, 19 day trek round the rough roads and tracks of Australia would be a major undertaking today, back in 1957 it was like putting a man on the moon. Why put yourself thought all this? Well simply put, to sell cars. The Japanese motor industry was in the first stages of development and the next step was to start to export the products rolling off the assembly lines.