Rainbow
Where are Geoffrey, Zippy, George and Bungle now?



 BEFORE...
Made by Thames Television, the first ever episode was shown in October 1972. "Rainbow" was intended to be a British version of the American show "Sesame Street".
The first shows were presented by David Cook, with a puppet with a zip for a mouth called Zippy and a bear called Bungle.
In the second series in 1973, the puppet George was introduced, and after David Cook left the show, Geoffrey Hayes stepped in.
Each episode had a story and a musical slot. From 1980 the musical trio Rod, Jane and Freddy performed this.
After over 1,000 shows, the final episode of "Rainbow" was broadcast in March 1992.

 AFTER...
Rod, Jane and Freddy had a spin off show, and in 1995 received an award for their outstanding contribution to the music industry.
To try to revive the show, "Rainbow Days" was shown in 1996.
After stars from the show appeared on the Channel 4 TV show "The Priory", Bungle's costume was stolen.
DVDs and videos of the series have been released.
In 2000, Geoffrey appeared back on our screens advertising Virgin-money and he continues to appear in pantomime regularly.
A rude sketch filled with sexual inuendo was filmed. Click here to see a clip.
At an awards ceremony in London, George was attacked by a drunken audience member, and was punched in the face.
In October 2002, Zippy and George played a half-hour DJ set at a club in Sheffield to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary.
In a bid for the Christmas number one of 2002, "It's A Rainbow" was released. Click here to see the video which features Zippy, George, Bungle and Geoffrey.
The Rainbow characters now appear at student unions across the UK.

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
Zippy thinking that he knew everything.
That they all slept in the same bed.
Bungle wearing striped pyjamas when he went to bed.

 DID YOU KNOW...
Some of the people who read stories on the show include Dame Judi Dench, Una Stubbs and Molly Sugden.

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