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Sooty's female playmate caused BBC concern

AAP logoAAP 1/10/2016

Plans to introduce a female puppet to British TV show Sooty were so controversial that the BBC's director-general had to announce a "no touch" rule, a media report says.

Sooty creator Harry Corbett wanted to launch a female puppet on the famous children's TV show in the 1960s. But according to BBC News, a new documentary has revealed that the show's producer and a BBC governor were against Sooty having a girlfriend.

Producer Trevor Hill dismissed the idea, which also caused controversy in the press, on the grounds that "sex would be creeping into the program". BBC director-general Hugh Carleton Greene intervened to allow it and the panda Soo was introduced in 1965.

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