Children's puppet programme featuring music and stories.

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

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UK

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English

Release Date:

16 October 1972 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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Thames Television See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

One of the longest running children's shows on British television. 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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Great memories
13 March 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Who could forget this children's classic? Presenter Geoffrey Hayes cavorted about like a big kid for the best part of twenty years, accompanied by a large man in a bear suit ('Bungle'), and a couple of hand puppets (camp pink George, who was a hippo, and loud, raucous Zippy, who was a creature with big eyes and a large, zippable mouth).

Next door lived Rod, Jane and Freddy (earlier Rod, Jane, and Roger) who were daft and slightly fey hippy singers.

I don't remember the series in its earliest days before the arrival of Geoffrey & co., so these comments are mainly concerning the period between 1976 and 1986. 'Rainbow' was curiously addictive even when you had outgrown the age range it was aimed at, and now, like 'Bagpuss' and 'The Clangers', it has achieved something of a cult status.

Totally brilliant, right from the twee song 'paint the whole world with a rainbowwww' to Bungle's bungling, Zippy's arguments, George's rollers and frilly nightie, and Geoffrey's obvious acceptance of his role as king of children's telly for two generations.


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