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2 w sootySOOTY CELEBRATES HIS 65th BIRTHDAY AT KATIE’S KIDS KITCHEN

  • He might be turning 65 this month but Sooty has no intention of hanging up his magic wand just yet!
  • Sooty celebrates his 65th birthday at Shrewsbury based Katie’s Kids Kitchen
  • With the current series of the Sooty Show riding high for CITV, he has just finished filming a new series at his home in the village of Brean,  Somerset and has no plans to retire when he gets his bus pass on 19th July.

The perfect poster boy for the government’s drive to keep the nation working for longer, Sooty looks as good today as he did 65 years ago when Harry Corbett bought him for the princely sum of 7s6d on Blackpool’s North Pier.

Pre –school children at Shrewsbury based Katie’s Kids Kitchen had a very special visitor from a little bear yesterday.

His current show is CITV’s most popular pre-school show and with a new clothing range in the pipeline and a whole host of celebrities including Joe Pasquale, Amy Childs and Caroline Quentin lined up to appear alongside him, the little bear shows no signs of slowing down now that he has reached the age of retirement.

Unfortunately Sooty didn’t return our calls (although we did receive a few silent messages earlier in the week), but we did manage to speak to his current business partner Richard Cadell who stars alongside him in the Sooty Show “I don’t know where he gets his energy from.  I suppose in Teddy Bear years he is only 5 and having spent a lot of time with him lately filming the new series I think that’s probably an accurate reflection of his true age.”

“He just can’t help himself when it comes to practical jokes, only this morning I found him hiding one of Sweep’s bones in Soo’s bed and there’s never a day goes by when I don’t get caught out by a flying custard pie or squirt from his water pistol.  I guess that must be his secret, he’ll always be young at heart!”

True to form, Sooty has a packed summer ahead of him with residences at Pontins and Cadbury World, after which he’ll begin rehearsals for his hugely popular live Christmas show in London’s West End.

My memories of working with Alan Whicker

alan-whicker-webcopyI first met Alan Whicker and his partner Valerie Kleeman in 2008. I was working with September Films’ Chairman, David Green, who as a young director made 24 episodes of Whicker’s World.

BBC 2 commissioned Journey of a Lifetime, a series to celebrating Alan Whicker’s 50 years in television.

In the series, Alan Whicker takes us on an autobiographical journey through the second half of the 20th century. Classic clips from Whicker’s World are inter-cut with new material as the nation’s best-known international reporter retraces his steps, catches up with past interviewees and reflects on how the world has changed – for good and bad – over the last six decades.

An extraordinary archive reveals the number of genuine TV firsts established by Whicker – moments that have been endlessly copied ever since. Apart from landmark interviews with a diverse mix of characters ranging from Papa Doc to John Paul Getty, Whicker was a pioneer who brought subjects including plastic surgery, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, gay weddings, polygamy, swinging and gun-toting cops, fly-on-the-wall style, to British screens for the first time.

The show revisits these pioneering, iconic films, including the shocking clips of Whicker taking the first ever look inside a sex club in 1979; the first ever bullfight on British television in 1966 and the first ever gay kiss for British viewers in 1973.

The series also includes a number of landmark Whicker interviews with figures as diverse as Papa Doc, J Paul Getty and Percy Shaw, the inventor of the Cat’s Eye. There’s also the poignant, prophetic last ever interview given by Peter Sellers in 1979 in Beverly Hills, where the actor eerily predicts his own death shortly before tragically suffering a fatal heart attack.

During the series, Whicker provides some captivating fresh material as he returns to some of his favourite locations around the world and meets some of his most famous interviewees again.

In one episode, Whicker revisits one of his most famous encounters, Kurt & Kathy Wagner – the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and his favourite client, his wife. Plus he returns to Palm Beach, the subject of perhaps his most-watched show, to find out how life has changed for the super-rich on this improbable sandbar in Florida. As gay rights in California once more make headlines as the state argues over whether gay marriage should be legalised, Whicker meets up with the Reverend Troy Perry who has been campaigning for this right ever since Whicker first filmed with him in 1973. He also catches up with his old friend Joan Collins to explore how women can make it to the top in Hollywood.

Baroness Fiona Thyssen, the subject of one of Whicker’s very first in-depth documentaries “The Model Millionairess” (1963), has become a close friend and Whicker interviews her for a third time for this latest series. She visits Whicker at his home in Jersey to look back at the original film which opened up a secret world of glamour and wealth to an eager British audience.

Alan Whicker said,” You might say I’m set in my airways. I’m one of those lucky people whose professional and private lives blend exactly: I can’t tell which is which – and one of the most agreeable things is that many of the people I’ve interviewed have become my friends. These programmes are signed. They’re intensely personal.”

Alan Whicker’s Journey Of A Lifetime is produced by September Films, a division of DCD Media, for BBC2.
Executive Producers are September Films’ Chairman and DCD’s Chief Creative Officer David Green who, as a young director, made 24 episodes of Whicker’s World , and September Films’ Director of Programmes, Peter Davey.

Series Director: Stan Griffin
Producer: Peter Wyles

Associate Producer: Katharine Begg

I then went onto promote the book to accompany the series.

I became good friends with Alan and Valerie, visiting them in Jersey.

Valerie Kleeman, Alan Whicker’s partner said

“A few years ago a poll asked who was the most envied man in the country – and Alan won by a country mile! He said that he didn’t know where work ended and private life began. Quoting Noel Coward ,he would say “work is more fun than fun”

On this last journey he will arrive curious, fascinated, and ready for a new adventure. He had a wonderful life and I was lucky to have shared it with him”.

David Green – Film Director and TV Producer. President & Chairman, September Films USA said:

“He was a television giant – made my first of 24 films with him as a baby director in Alaska 36 yeas ago next month – a true original, his passion for TV and life was unique – a brilliant popular journalist and observer of the human state who achieved legendary status among his peers and was loved by the great British public”.

Alan Whicker would be amazed by the wonderful tributes, I only wish he were here to read and see this out pouring of kindness.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23287351

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2361863/Alan-Whicker-dies-87-Judith-Chalmers-leads-travel-industry-tributes.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/sun-sets-on-whickers-world-as-veteran-travel-broadcaster-alan-whicker-dies-of-pneumonia-at-age-of-87-8705800.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10176424/Alan-Whicker-One-of-televisions-defining-figures.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10176424/Alan-Whicker-One-of-televisions-defining-figures.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2013/jul/12/alan-whicker-tv-world-dies

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/jul/12/alan-whicker-dies

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/tv-radio-obituaries/10176308/Alan-Whicker.html

http://news.sky.com/story/1114923/alan-whicker-broadcaster-dies-aged-87

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10176240/How-Alan-Whicker-inspired-us-to-travel.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alan-whicker-dies-journeys-end-2047372

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alan-whicker-dies-journeys-end-2047372

 

Broadcasting Legend Alan Whicker CBE Has Died

Alan WhickerBroadcasting legend Alan Whicker has died at home in Jersey after a short illness. He had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia and leaves behind his partner of 40 years, Valerie Kleeman.

After the Second World War, Alan Whicker became a journalist with the news agency Exchange Telegraph, acting as a correspondent during the Korean War. In 1957 he joined the BBC as part of the Tonight team, television’s first magazine programme. Alan went on to present the television programme for which he is best known, the long-running television series Whicker’s World. These programmes continued for more than 30 years. He was also instrumental in launching Yorkshire Television, producing television programmes for them from 1969 until 1992.

In the New Year’s Honours list published 31 December 2004, Alan Whicker was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to broadcasting.

In 2009, Alan Whicker returned to some of the locations and people who were originally featured in Whicker’s World for the BBC series Alan Whicker’s Journey Of A Lifetime. In this, he met with various people whom he had interviewed decades earlier, seeing how their lives had progressed.

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Sooty returns to TV at the age of 65 in bid to attract new generation of fans with Sunday morning show.
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  • Glove puppet has been entertaining children since 1952
  • Harry Corbett bought him from a novelty shop in Blackpool
  • Richard Cadell, 44, took over the show in 1999
  • Says Sooty works because it is ‘old-fashioned slapstick humour’

Read the full article in the Daily Mail: click here

Connor PR celebrating Sooty’s 65th Birthday

*** Richard Cadell is available for interview in connection with Sooty turning 65***

  • He might be turning 65 this month but Sooty has no intention of hanging up his magic wand just yet! 
  • With the current series of the Sooty Show riding high for CITV, he has just finished filming a new series at his home in the village of Brean,  Somerset and has no plans to retire when he gets his bus pass on 19th July.
Sooty on his 65th birthday

Sooty on his 65th birthday

Amy Childs joins Sooty

Amy Childs joins Sooty

The perfect poster boy for the government’s drive to keep the nation working for longer, Sooty looks as good today as he did 65 years ago when Harry Corbett bought him for the princely sum of 7s6d on Blackpool’s North Pier.

His current show is CITV’s most popular pre-school show and with a new clothing range in the pipeline and a whole host of celebrities including Joe Pasquale, Amy Childs and Caroline Quentin lined up to appear alongside him, the little bear shows no signs of slowing down now that he has reached the age of retirement.

Unfortunately Sooty didn’t return our calls (although we did receive a few silent messages earlier in the week), but we did manage to speak to his current business partner Richard Cadell who stars alongside him in the Sooty Show “I don’t know where he gets his energy from.  I suppose in Teddy Bear years he is only 5 and having spent a lot of time with him lately filming the new series I think that’s probably an accurate reflection of his true age.”

“He just can’t help himself when it comes to practical jokes, only this morning I found him hiding one of Sweep’s bones in Soo’s bed and there’s never a day goes by when I don’t get caught out by a flying custard pie or squirt from his water pistol.  I guess that must be his secret, he’ll always be young at heart!”

True to form, Sooty has a packed summer ahead of him with residences at Butlins, Pontins and Cadbury World, after which he’ll begin rehearsals for his hugely popular live Christmas show in London’s West End.

For more information please contact Siobhan at Connor PR siobhanconnorpr@gmail.com / Tel 07966 177025

 

Notes to editors:

The Sooty Show transmits weekdays on Citv at 9.10 am

 

The new series starts in September on itv 1 Sunday mornings and Citv.

 

HBO Pacific Launch Event

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In November 2010, HBO released The Pacific TV show on DVD and we wanted a launch party that would really stand out and set HBO apart.  Siobhan planned an incredible launch party on the HMS Belfast that included a press junket in the day time and a 1940s themed event in the evening.  Siobhan’s planning was exemplary, her calm approach filled us with confidence and she delivered an outstanding event that many of our retailers and journalists said was the best entertainment event they had been to all year.  Needless to say, I would highly recommend Siobhan and personally, I can’t wait to work on the next project with her!

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