Richard Cadell has urged Sooty and Sweep could not have labored on the BBC.
The 54-year-old star – who took over from creator Harry Corbett’s son Matthew following his retirement in 1998 and purchased the rights to the franchise a decade later – has weighed in on the mischievous character’s longevity because the beloved bear turns 75 this week.
He instructed the Daily Star newspaper: “We have somewhat in-joke after we make this present for ITV and say, ‘You’d by no means get away with this on CBeebies’.
“The solely outlet for youths to see good outdated slapstick and pies within the face is ‘The Sooty Show’.
“There’s nothing funnier for a kid to see an adult – the role I play in it, effectively a parent – disgraced with a pie dripping down them, soaking in paint or baked beans.”
Richard admitted the character of the characters – which embrace Sooty, pooch sidekick Sweep and their panda pal Soo – imply they’ve extra freedom.
He defined: “Because Sooty doesn’t speak and Sweep squeaks it’s all so gentle and done with kindness, there’s no aggression. They get away with anything.”
Richard identified that he, Harry and Matthew Corbett have “all had an equal tenure”, and the spirit has stayed alive by way of its consistency.
He added: “What’s incredible for me is the fact the material that Harry Corbett was doing with Sooty – the jokes, the slapstick, the routines – are exactly the same as Matthew was doing – and I am.”
Meanwhile, he acknowledged that Sooty is at all times the star of the present, and working with him – which is a dream come true – introduced its personal set of pressures.
He defined: “The first time I walked on stage as Sooty’s proper hand man, the gang did not know who I used to be however they went ballistic.
“That’s once I went, ‘This is actual. This little bear is not a part of me. They’re not bothered about me.’
“I just knew I had a big responsibility.”