Among the more notable of his many television appearances are his roles as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy, as Mr Carter in the Beiderbecke Trilogy and as Oleg Kirov in Smiley's People (1982). He also starred with Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale in a Christmas Special of Porridge 1976 as Reg Urwin. In 1999 he appeared in the BBC Radio play Cosmos the Mystic Dog. He also made an appearance in the soap opera EastEnders for a short stint, playing Wilfred, a conman.
In 2003, Sutton found inspiration from the Internet "where apparently people say that every time you masturbate God kills a kitten". From that statement, Sutton developed a serious piece about "a young man's emotions and feelings, from the moment he's a baby tugging at his cock onwards