This week we're talking about children's TV shows. Well, I'm going to talk about one in particular. It was my favourite as a preschooler, and now Marianna is completely obsessed with it...
Rainbow burst onto our screens in 1972 after the UK establishment decided that Sesame Street was way too brash and American for British kids. Instead we needed beflared and mustachioed men to sing us songs about shapes:
That's actually half of 'Tell Tale', the band who performed the theme tune and was chiefly made up of drama students, including a young Hugh Fraser who is better known for playing Hastings in the long running ITV drama, Agatha Christie's Poirot. It didn't take too long however for ITV (Independent Television - the only UK channel which had commercials until 1982) to realise that their main character (Bungle Bear) was actually terrifying:
By the mid 1970s the cast had had a shake up. Bungle was redesigned, Zippy got a new voice, and a camp pink hippo puppet called George joined the gang. Last year a Bristol pastor made the national news when he claimed George was a prime example of Rainbow's propagandist agenda to 'homosexualise all children.' Perhaps there is some secret message I'm overlooking in this typical episode about what kind of things we find in kitchens:
The singing trio changed line-up a couple of times - Matt Corbett left to go and host The Sooty Show, and then Roger Walker, his replacement, left for other TV work. The final line up, Rod, Jane, and Freddy, is the best remembered - not least because they stayed with the show from 1980 until Thames TV lost their ITV franchise in 1992. Here they are singing my three year old self's favourite song:
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