We caught up with comic legend John Shuttleworth, who recently guest starred on The Sooty Show, to get all the pizza-flying details.
Are you well, John?
"I'm not very well. I'm adequately well....I've just about recovered from having a pizza thrown at me."
This is the question everyone wants answered...
"I know. It felled Paul Daniels, didn't it? Well, I feel sorry for him Alex. Those pizzas are overdone. It's a good job I had my glasses on and that the frames are anti-shatter. I got hit square in the nose and right in the specs. I did see a few stars. Just a few. About seven stars."
So Sooty's turning into a bit of a hooligan?
"Sooty is. Yes, he is. That Richard bloke is to blame who controls him. Or tries to. But apart from all that, I had a lovely time."
What do you do on the show?
"My character is called Officer Shuttleworth. A fully trained policeman and I have to advise Sooty and Sweep on their takings from the funfair. I am well suited to be a policeman because I was a security guard many years ago at a sweet factory in the Rotherham area. I can't tell you exactly where for security reasons. You laugh at that, but it's true. I signed something. I guarded all the sweets. They were safe. They were safe apart from me. I occasionally stole them. Just the odd sherbet dip."
Why did you agree to take part after the Daniels incident?
"I was filming before Paul Daniels, you see. I actually made some suggestions. Why not use a hot dog? Or a burger? Or just don't cook the pizza so much. But obviously they didn't listen and poor Paul paid the price."
Did you get to meet Sweep at all?
"Yes I did. I couldn't organise a word that Sweep was saying. I forgot that he doesn't talk and that he just makes a funny noise. I couldn't understand a word of it. You just have to guess. It was all very, very pleasant though, until I got to the funfair."
Will you be doing any more children's TV?
"I hope so. And I hope for some more acting work. It was very challenging. Having to hit my mark, doing all that again and again. The pizza thing kept missing me so we did that again and again. Have you seen it? You need to. It's a very fine performance, even if I do say so myself."
What were your favourite kids' TV shows?
"Sooty. No, you laugh, but it was the main TV show when I was a lad. It's been going longer than me. I remember that and Muffin The Mule. And the Woodentops. And Andy Pandy started as well when I was a lad. I used to despair at it. I thought that was a bit childish. You could see the string. But I loved Sooty. That's why I wanted to do this. I didn't think I was demeaning myself working with a cloth bear."
Why don't you get on TV so much these days?
"I think it's because I'm too busy doing DIY tasks and touring the hospices. And people don't think I deserve a TV series, which is fair enough. I did have one a long time ago. So fair enough... After this interview, I think I'm going to have a little nap. I may precede that with a Benson's toffee and a Werther's Original."
What TV do you enjoy watching yourself the most?
"I like Doc Martin. I do enjoy that. I like the scenery. I could have been an extra in that. It's very impressive from Martin Clunes. I like Britain's Strongest Man. That sort of thing."
"I do. They used to have it on at Christmas didn't they? I used to watch it while basting the turkey. I used to squat on the haunches of the sofa and watch it. I liked it when they used to try to pick up a barrel and couldn't quite manage it. It was awful to see them fail... but compelling."
Finally, we know you can play music and sing. Why haven't you tried X Factor yet?
"Well, I am just angry that I haven't got on it yet. People tell me to queue up for it, but have you seen the lengths of them queues? You have to wait for about five hours haven't you? I haven't got enough gel. I prefer to be sleek and well-groomed and not look like I've just woken up. And maybe I'm a little long in the tooth for X Factor. Bring back New Faces I say. Bring back Tony Hatch, even though when he got angry there would be a bit of spittle. I bet you don't remember that. You're too young. You're a pup."
Watch John Shuttleworth in The Sooty Show on Friday, September 30 at 1.25pm on Mini CITV. The Sooty Show airs weekdays at 10.10am and 1.25pm on Mini CITV