Banned 70's TV show called Rainbow


#1

Was this show for real? Or was this some made up show that never aired?

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#2

LMAO.

Gold.


#3

LOL, this shit has to be fake.


#4

its got to be a parody for adults in the 70s ha ha still wtf


#5

Rainbow!! hell yeah most of us guys from the UK around 27+ will remember this show Jeffrey, George, bungle, zippy, rod, jane and freddy +. I used to watch it as a child… ah that would explain alot. lol


#6

Yep Rainbow was a real show that I watched as a child, there were load sof episodes and it didn’t have any innuendo like this in.

This was a joke short (only 3 mins, real episodes were at least 20m) made by the cast for a laugh, and was never intended to air. It was released on the DVD as bonus material.


#7

In 1979, the cast and crew of Rainbow made a special exclusive sketch for the Thames TV staff Christmas tape, sometimes referred to as the “Twangers” episode. This show featured plenty of deliberate sexual innuendo (beginning with Zippy peeling a banana, saying “One skin, two skin, three skin, four…” before being interrupted), and never shown at the time (as it was never intended to be screened to the general public.)The show even had Roger saying the word “fuck”, when he greeted everyone upon entering the set. This can be heard clearly from his sentence “Hello, everybody, hello! Fuck.” Jane also claimed she was blowing with Roger the night before. It also included Geoffrey convincing the viewers to play with their balls, but if they didn’t have any balls, they could ask a friend and play with his. Jane also claimed that she was banging with Rod and Roger. Soon, Zippy asked them to stop suggesting whether to play with a blowing tube and maraccas, so they could start singing the ‘Plucking Song’.

The clip became famous after being aired on Victor Lewis-Smith’s Channel 4 programme TV Offal (1997) and was jokingly referred to as “the pilot episode”, which it clearly wasn’t as Geoffrey Hayes was presenter at the time. The clip has become widely-spread, first in emails as an attachment and later via online video websites such as YouTube. This has led to many erroneous claims that the episode was publicly broadcast as a regular episode.

TV Offal also broadcast some very risqu material featuring members of the cast as guests on a variety show hosted by comedian Jim Davidson in the 1980s; the sketch in question, which featured former children’s TV presenter Tommy Boyd, asking a question about Adam and Eve. Boyd and Davidson used some profanities in the sketch, along with some innuendo from George (presumably again not intended for broadcast like the above), but the most shocking moment was when Zippy exclaimed to Geoffrey: “The fucking Garden of Eden!” This sketch would in all likelihood have been filmed during rehearsals.

Comedian Bobby Davro also parodied Rainbow as a comedy sketch in his own TV series in the early-1990s, playing the part of Geoffrey alongside exaggerated versions of Bungle and the puppets, which contained some mild sexual innuendo. Davro had appeared in a regular edition of the show, in which he performed impressions of the characters in front of them.

While never explicitly adult, most interviews featuring Zippy and George since the show’s demise commonly portray them as somewhat more edgy in terms of personality. For example, in an episode of SMTV live they call Bungle an, “Idiotic, blundering creature.”