Rainbow (1972–1992)

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Children's puppet programme featuring music and stories.

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Geoffrey Hayes ...
 Geoffrey / ... (993 episodes, 1973-1992)
Roy Skelton ...
 George / ... (993 episodes, 1973-1992)
Stanley Bates ...
 Bungle / ... (920 episodes, 1973-1989)
Rod Burton ...
 Rod / ... (832 episodes, 1974-1989)
Jane Tucker ...
 Jane / ... (831 episodes, 1974-1989)
Freddy Marks ...
 Freddy / ... (424 episodes, 1980-1989)
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Children's puppet programme featuring music and stories.

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The show had subliminal messages which contained sexual innuendo. See more »

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In an episode called Night Out, Zippy makes an arm gesture, which knocks over a bottle of washing up liquid and it rolls off the counter and onto the floor. This incident is ignored by all four characters and, after we cut back from Geoffery to Zippy, someone has replaced the prop, so that Zippy can then pick it up and start squeezing it. See more »

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Not just for the kids
14 July 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

There are currently rumours doing the rounds that Rainbow was nearly axed due to an 'obscene' edition being made that contained a lot of sexual innuendo about balls, twangers, plucking and soforth, a clip of which was shown on a late-night Channel Four comedy show. In fact, this edition of Rainbow was never meant to be broadcast 'properly', it was an in-joke performed by the cast and crew for a Christmas party at the production studios. It has long been a tradition within the British television industry for the videotape editing department to produce 'Christmas shows' consisting of bloopers, X-rated moments and suchlike fare to be shown at the seasonal gatherings, and the 'adult' Rainbow was produced with that in mind.

Having said that, anyone with half an ear could tell you that Rainbow wasn't JUST for the kids. There was something disturbing about Geoffrey, a middle-aged man dressed up like a six year old but pretending to be twenty, living in a house with an obviously gay pair of puppets (George was the submissive half of the relationship, Zippy was the macho dominant half) and a camp six-foot talking bear, with three hippie folk-singers for neighbours. Adults had a lot of fun with it too, and Zippy continues to be a cult figure on the back of some Marmite sandwich spread commercials. A great series that holds many happy memories for thirtysomethings.


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