Here is some useful information on the show itself. I have info here for newbies and seasoned watchers.
If you want to know about the character specifically, visit THIS page!
The basic premise of the show was that each episode of Rainbow revolved around a particular activity or situation that would arise in the Rainbow House, where the main characters lived. Usually, it would involve some kind of squabble or dispute between the puppet characters of Zippy, George and Bungle, and Geoffrey's attempts to calm them down and keep the peace. The main story would be interspersed with songs (usually from Rod, Jane and Freddy, although, guest singers would occasionally take their place), animations, and stories read from the Rainbow storybook, usually by Geoffrey. Some episodes would focus on a particular theme, such as sounds or opposites, and would consist mainly of short sketches or exchanges between the main characters, rather than a consistent storyline.
- It was created by Pamela Lonsdale
- There was an incredible 23 series and 1071 episodes!
- It is unclear what kind of creature, if any, the character Zippy represents; while Bungle is a bear and George a hippopotamus, Zippy bears no obvious resemblance to any real animal. Presenter Geoffrey Hayes has said of him that "I don't think anyone has a clue what he's meant to be." (Personally I think he is a yellow bag come to life)
- The original version of the show contained two character called Sunshine and Moony, who were far less popular than Zippy, and eventually disappeared from the show, being replaced by George. (Personally, I think they're very cute! :D)
- Rod, Jane and Freddy were a group of musicians who regularly featured on the show. When they debuted in 1974 they were 'Rod, Jane and Matt', Matt being Matthew Corbett (of The Sooty Show fame). Matt was replaced from 1977 by Roger Walker, before Freddy Marks in turn took over in 1981. When the series began in 1972, the regular singing trio were Charlie Dore, Julian Littman and Karl Johnson.
- Bungle appears without clothes during the day, but puts pyjamas on to go to bed and has a towel round his waist after a bath. (He has also dressed as superman, and as a woman on multiple occasions.)
- The show has a cult following, mainly made up of people who watched the show as children, so they are adults. As such, some of the content you will find can be quite rude, so be careful!
- There's been multiple spin offs but the original is still the most loved!