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I've got questions about the Rainbow Cinematic Universe

Jenny Morrill Aug 16, 2017

How does Geoffrey make a living? What's the deal with Rod, Jane and Freddy? Jenny dives deep into the mysteries of Rainbow...

You think Pixar films leave you with questions? Try being a fan of Rainbow. Over the years, my binge watching of the show has left me scratching my head on numerous occasions, and not just when I was 6 and had nits.

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In this article I will attempt to ignore the fact that I'm in my 30s and writing articles about Rainbow. I'll also have a crack at unravelling some of Rainbow's more intriguing mysteries.

Be sure to leave a comment asking “Why is this on Den of Geek?”, as this is
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Peter Davison interview: Doctor Who, naked Germans, Campion

Simon Brew Oct 10, 2016

From Doctor Who and The FiveIsh Doctors to Campion and Button Moon: we chat to the fifth Doctor, Mr Peter Davison...

Ah, the mighty Peter Davison. The Fifth Doctor, All Creatures Great And Small, Campion, and living in a house with Freddy from Rainbow are just some of the topics we chatted to him about, ahead of the publication of his terrific autobiography, Is There Life Outside The Box.

We’ve got a fair bit to get through, so without further ado….

I got a sense you thoroughly enjoyed writing this book, once you were over some initial research-y hurdles. Would that be fair?

Yeah, that’s fair. It was kind of a journey, really. A reassembling. I’ve had these memories, and it was really a chance to put them down on paper and order them. Everything fragments as you get older, and things come out,
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: 19 positive things that have happened this week

Simon Brew Jul 29, 2016

Looking for something to offset all the downbeat news around at the moment? Then how about starting here...

Last week, in Geeks Vs Loneliness, we asked you for stories of human goodness, positivity and general niceness that have happened in the last week or two. Given that the newspapers would have us believe that all life is awful right now, we wanted to use Geeks Vs Loneliness this week to shine a light on the many good things that happen week in week out, that nobody really seems to talk about.

You did not disappoint. Here are 19 random, small, wonderful little things that have happened in the last week or two. Keep adding your own in the comments too please…

We thus salute:

1 Sophie, the barista in Costa Coffee near where Jane Roberts lives, who always has nice things to say about people’s T-shirts.

2 Den Of Geek reader Mike Grace,
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Line Of Duty series 3 episode 3 review

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The superb Line Of Duty changes your mind utterly about its characters from week to week. Exhausting, but brilliant...

This review contains spoilers.

Line Of Duty series three is proving as tricky to pin down as AC-12’s interviewees. Three episodes in and do we even know who the lead character is? Danny Waldron first looked set to take the role before that rug was pulled away from under us. Then it seemed as though Rod, Jane and Freddie (I think those are their names?) were our focus. Not so.

Episode three has left us with a much more tantalising prospect: this is ‘Dot’ Cottan’s story, the tale of the Caddy.

Craig Parkinson’s furrowed brow was the star of this week’s instalment. It got a close-up each time the investigation moved a step closer to the truth he’s trying to steer his team
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Rainbow: previously unreleased 1970s clip

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Exclusive: to celebrate the release of the ITV60 DVD box set, here's a previously unreleased clip from classic children's show Rainbow...

Forget Marco Polo and The Power Of The Daleks, the true geek treasure at the end of the search for missing classic TV episodes is here. And it features Bungle.

Specifically, the main Bungle, Stanley Bates, joined by Roy Skelton voicing Geoffrey's fellow wards, Zippy and George. 

The clip below originated in a Boxing Day Rainbow special, and using our Bungle-senses, we've provisionally placed as coming from 1975 episode, Christmas Party.

The episode has since lain unreleased until Network dusted it off and included it among 59 episodes from other of ITV's classic fare on a DVD box set celebrating the broadcaster's 60th birthday.

You'll notice that Rod, Jane and Freddy are in fact, Rod, Jane and Matt in this one - 'Matt' being Matthew Corbett, who left
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David Cook obituary

Actor and writer who adapted his novels for the big and small screen

The actor and writer David Cook, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 74, was the “forgotten” first presenter of the pre-school children’s programme Rainbow. He went on to write the television film Walter (1982), which was screened on Channel 4’s debut night as the first Film on Four.

Cook hosted only the first series of Rainbow, which was devised in 1972 as a British version of Sesame Street. It aimed to educate and entertain the under-fives with words, songs and ideas. Inside the Rainbow house, Cook was joined by the domineering, hyperactive puppet Zippy and the clumsy bear Bungle (originally John Leeson in a costume), as well as the glove puppets Sunshine and Moony. Music came from the folk group Telltale (only later did Rod, Jane and Freddy become the long-running singing trio) and Rainbow was a
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David Cook obituary

Actor and writer who adapted his novels for the big and small screen

The actor and writer David Cook, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 74, was the “forgotten” first presenter of the pre-school children’s programme Rainbow. He went on to write the television film Walter (1982), which was screened on Channel 4’s debut night as the first Film on Four.

Cook hosted only the first series of Rainbow, which was devised in 1972 as a British version of Sesame Street. It aimed to educate and entertain the under-fives with words, songs and ideas. Inside the Rainbow house, Cook was joined by the domineering, hyperactive puppet Zippy and the clumsy bear Bungle (originally John Leeson in a costume), as well as the glove puppets Sunshine and Moony. Music came from the folk group Telltale (only later did Rod, Jane and Freddy become the long-running singing trio) and Rainbow was a
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Mysteryland 2015 Drops A Huge Phase 1 Lineup

Mysteryland 2015 isn’t so mysterious anymore, as ID&T have released phase 1 of their eclectic lineup today, and it’s absolutely huge. Bringing in Alesso, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Steve Angello, Nicky Romero and more to headline, along with stages hosted by Size and Spinnin’ Records, it looks like the Netherlands is going to be the place to be during the end of August (the 29th and 30th, to be exact).

“We are so happy that we can offer our visitors a two-day program,” says Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T. “Not only can they party longer, but most of all, they have more time to explore the wide variety of music, arts and culture on offer. Besides, we are proud that we can give a platform to so many talents, artists and creative.”

Take a peak at the full Mysteryland 2015 lineup below and let us know what you make of it.
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ITV's Gladiators: where are they now?

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Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...

ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.

What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were
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'Saturday Night Live' with Justin Bieber live blog: Follow along with us, Beliebers!

Justin Bieber is hosting "Saturday Night Live" tonight (Feb. 9) -- but not only that, he's also the musical guest, making him one of only 29 people to have simultaneously hosted and been the musical guest for an episode of "SNL."

Follow along with us here starting at 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt as we live-blog Bieber's appearance on the show. He was the musical guest once before in 2010 and made a cameo as Tina Fey's student in a kind of creepy sketch.

How do you think Bieber will do? All times Eastern.

11:29 -- We kick things off with a Super Bowl power outage opening sketch, with the "broadcasters" riffing during the blackout when they really don't have anything to talk about. Ummm ... if this is an indication of how funny the episode will be, we're in trouble. Bring on Bieber!

11:34 -- Dan Marino's love child discussion made
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PlayStation Network Weekly Update 8.1.12

Every week Sony updates the PlayStation Network with new games and demos, ready for our next session of little sleep and lots of gaming. This week we're lightin' fires and burnin' tires as Ridge Racer Unbounded hits the Ps Store, smashing Decepticon skulls in the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron demo and checking out the anime selection in the brand new Crunchyroll app! Head past the break for the full update.

From the PlayStation Blog:

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Ridge Racer Unbounded ($44.99)

Ridge Racer Unbounded gears up to carve its own destructive path on a spectacular collision course! Ridge Racer is on its way back into the eager hands of gamers and Ridge Racer Unbounded is coming to add an unexpected dimension to the series and deliver an original blast of ferocious racing adrenaline. Easily create thousands of tracks and share them online.

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File Size: 1.46 Gb

Psn Games

The Expendables 2
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Morning Meme: James Franco's New "Homo-Sex Art Film," Christopher Nolan Won't Do "Justice League" and Outfest Celebrates 30 Years

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First up, please schedule your lunch breaks around snicks' liveblog of Days of Our Lives today and tomorrow.

I don't know about you, but I had a really, really terrible Monday. One thing that improved it was these pictures of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively having a backyard party with a dunk tank. Frankly, I'm amazed at the voodoo that keeps Ryan's trunks from falling down as low as they ride.

I didn't really think anything of it when I watched True Blood, but so soon after the controversy with George W. Bush's severed head on Game of Thrones, was it wise to put vigilantes in Obama masks?

Leave it to a group of physicists to take the fun out of Batman. They calculated that his flight with his cape is not only impossible, but if Wayne Enterprises geeks had figured out a way to make him glide, he
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Morning Meme: A Loving Tribute to Spider-man's Backside, Maggie Gallagher Says "Not This, Not Now," and Daniel Tosh Gives Hr Managers Everywhere a Stroke

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After some yes-it-is, no-it-isn't, it turns out that yes, it is Brad Pitt's mother Jane that wrote a letter to her local paper slamming President Obama, a woman's right to choose, and marriage equality. I bet family dinners are fun. "Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Rod McCollum writes over at Ebony about how Frank Ocean's coming out is a bigger deal than Anderson Cooper's, and I have to agree.

The Episcopal Church is preparing to approve a liturgy to bless same-sex unions. It bears a lot in common with marriage vows, but the
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Comic-Con 2012 Programming: Saturday July 14

Comic-Con 2012 Programming: Saturday July 14
And now we have the Saturday programming for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. For the full rundown on the Con’s website, go here. But I’ve accumulated the highlights, featuring a myriad of our favorite upcoming and ongoing film and TV projects like: After Earth, Planet Of The Apes, Once Upon A Time, True Blood, Hannibal, Mockingbird Lane, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit, Grimm, Being Human, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, The Following, Iron Man 3 and Revolution. Check it out below.

10:00-11:00 After Earth— Enter the world of After Earth with an in-depth panel that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the universe of the upcoming film and comic book. With the film now in post-production and set to hit theaters next June, screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky(The Empire Strikes Back) will discuss the making of the film. They will be
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Star Trek set to stun at Sci-fi-london with premiere and Q&A with Gene Roddenberry's son

With a sequel arriving in May, 2013, and a clamour of speculation over Benedict Cumberbatch's villain role, Star Trek is once again exerting its massive gravitational pull on film fans.

This year's Sci-fi-london international festival of science fiction and fantastic film - on from May 1 to 7 - will also be switching to warp speed for some Star Trek treats including a Q&A with a special guest.

The event will screen two documentaries that offer a critical appraisal and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the long-running franchise.

Trek Nation follows creator Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod, as he explores the deep impact of his father's singular vision for the future.

Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, and many notable Star Trek alums, Trek Nation chronicles a son's journey to discover his father's work which, in itself, shaped the science-fiction genre.

Trek Nation draws on hours of exclusive footage,
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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week
On TV this final week of 2011: The Closer closes out its winter run, Rizzoli has a romantic reunion, Chuck spies baby woes and more. Things are still a bit sleepy on the TV front this holiday season, but we’ve dug up a smattering of fresh fare, some year-end round-ups and a few choice repeats to keep on your radar. (The TVLine-Up returns on a daily basis in 2012.)

Monday, December 26

8 pm House (Fox) | Cuddy’s back!… sort of, in a pair of Season 7 repeats featuring Candace Bergen as the DoM’s mom, and Thirteen trying to help out a sick prison pal.
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Glee Boss Ryan Murphy: 'Amazing Stories' Coming for Mercedes, Mike, Tina, and Sue

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Glee Boss Ryan Murphy: 'Amazing Stories' Coming for Mercedes, Mike, Tina, and Sue
Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy used to worry about how fans would react to the introduction of new characters to the show’s merry band of musical high-school outcasts. But as he plans Season 3 of Fox’s smash hit — including a long-envisioned “endgame,” a graduation strategy for New Directions’ senior classmen, and a fresh crop of young talent (including one warbler from his new Oxygen reality series The Glee Project) — Murphy says he’s put those worries behind him. ”It’s all about the stories and characters,” says Murphy. “It’s our job to find new [stars] that people will love,
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Roy Skelton obituary

Voice of the Daleks and Rainbow's puppets Zippy and George

The stage was the first love of the actor Roy Skelton, who has died of pneumonia aged 79, five months after suffering a stroke, and his sense of theatre came out in the television voices of the Daleks in Doctor Who and the puppets Zippy and George in the children's programme Rainbow – all making him a cult figure with several generations of viewers.

Although others such as Peter Hawkins had already developed the Daleks' voices, Skelton became firmly associated with the staccato tones of the Time Lord's arch foe – best known for exhorting "Exterminate! Exterminate!" – for more than two decades, from 1967 to 1988. He was adept at changing the pitch and speed according to the emotions and, from 1966, voiced other Doctor Who creatures such as the Cybermen, the Monoids and the Krotons, as well as taking several on-screen roles.

Skelton followed
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Weekend Meme: Pope Benedict XVI Approves Condoms, Zac Posen the Intern, and Monkeys In 3D!

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As the World TurnsJake Silbermann is appearing in Dracula at the Little Shubert Theater in New York City. He’ll be playing the role of Jonathan Harker starting December 14th. h/t Crawfish Po Boy

For those of us in America, SyFy intends to air the remaining five episodes of Caprica in a single block on January 4th. Last chance for gay gangsters from another planet!

Saturday, November 20 is National Transgender Day of Remembrance. Take a moment to watch the video compilation of all of the transgender friends we’ve lost since last year.

Designer Zac Posen won a six week internship with Martha Stewart by bidding $3,500 in a charity auction. Posen isn’t exactly known for being easygoing, so this could make a good reality show. If nothing else, it would probably get higher ratings than Martha’s current block on Hallmark.

Charges against patrons of the Rainbow Lounge,
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DS Icon: Rod, Jane & Freddy

This country has produced plenty of great double acts down the years - Morecambe & Wise, Little & Large, Ant & Dec, The Chuckle Brothers - but why do we always stop at the number two? If two heads are better than one, then surely three are wiser than two. If any proof was needed, look no further than legendary pop songwriters and children's entertainers Rod, Jane & Freddy. They made their name on the camp and surreal ITV hit Rainbow before going it alone with their own self-titled series and stage show that toured the UK to much acclaim. Of course, what truly makes Rod, Jane & Freddy special is not just their TV talents, but also the mystery that remains around their unusual triangular relationship. Rod & Jane were at one time (more)
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