5 July 2001 | chojin-1
Up above the streets and houses rainbow climbing high...
Rainbow ran for years and years, It spawned loads of merchandise and a whole collection of videos. Yet I doubt it will ever be shown or mentioned again. It had absolutely everything; stories, songs, nursery rhymes, comedy, and it's own mini-series programs within the program, such as portland bill and cockelshell bay.
The main cast of Rainbow were Geoffrey who was the narrator/presenter/adult of the house who kept the others in line. Zippy, the strange creature with a zip for a mouth, which became very useful as he was also the loudest and naughtiest of the bunch and served for teaching moral lessons. George the pink hippo, who was quite bashful and always giggling. And finally Bungle a large guy dressed in a bear costume that was the bossiest, but also very camp. Rainbow also had a resident group of singers, Rod, Jane and Freddy, who made cameo appearances and were used for songs etc. but eventually got their own spin-off series and videos.
Each show was different, and I never really grew out of it, despite it being aimed at 4-7 year olds. Classic children's variety television from the eighties.