Friday, 3 June 2016

Friday Frivolity: Kids' TV

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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 kids' TV show
Zippy, Bungle and George.

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:

"I'd be a square." Truer words, man.

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:

Another example of non-rinsing of dishes, too!

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:

It's about a naughty highwayman called Dick Turnip. I still love it!

Now on to the link-up! :D

The Hosts:

Host: Jess from Babi a Fi
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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! This week Jess has been writing about digital inclusion for bloggers.

Host: Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom
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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things... friendship and connection, laughter, books and music, furbaby love, minimalism, wellness pursuits, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on! This week Sarah is talking about puppies!

Host: Audrey from Munofore
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Audrey is an awesome, eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out this week's mixed media wall art project.

Host: Lisa from Syncopated Mama
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and wonderfully authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Check out her educational ideas and resources in the latticed learning series!

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It's always a good time to talk shoes in my book! :)

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