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    I've done a search and there's no thread on Rainbow! Apologies if I have just missed one somehow.

    Anyway who didn't love Rainbow? I've started the thread because my thoughts have turned to Rod, Jane and Freddie. Who was your fave? I have to say none of them, because my favourite was a bloke who was part of the trio before Freddie. Not many people remember him. He went on to appear in the ill-fated 'Eldorado'. But whatever happened to R J & F?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    I've done a search and there's no thread on Rainbow! Apologies if I have just missed one somehow.

    Anyway who didn't love Rainbow? I've started the thread because my thoughts have turned to Rod, Jane and Freddie. Who was your fave? I have to say none of them, because my favourite was a bloke who was part of the trio before Freddie. Not many people remember him. He went on to appear in the ill-fated 'Eldorado'. But whatever happened to R J & F?
    Rainbow is the greatest! There's so many episodes on YouTube, I watch them all the time. Sounds like the guy you're talking about is Roger Walker. When the trio formed they were Rod, Jane and Matthew, as Matthew Corbett of Sooty fame held the third role before leaving to replace his dad as Sooty presenter. Then Roger Walker replaced him for a few years before Freddy took over. I haven't actually seen any of his episodes, all the episodes online seem to be from after 1981, when Freddy joined the cast, although Roger was part of the infamous 'Twangers' spoof episode! He did actually write a few episodes for the show's later seasons, so he retained his Rainbow connections to some extent.

    I'd love to see some more pre-1981 episodes of Rainbow, I'm sure it was just as good back then as in its 80s heyday!

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    Roger Walker - that's him. The world needs to know there was life before Freddy! Two lives infact - I didn't know Matthew Corbett was part of the hallowed team before he became Sooty's new dad. I was too young then. Mind you, I didn't think it was as far back as 1981 that Freddy joined. I must have just become old enough to watch the show as Roger was doing his stint. Rod Jane and Roger doesn't have quite the same ring to it though, does it?
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    Love a duck! I've just gone into shock! Apparently Rod and Jane were MARRIED! and then they got divorced and she ran away with Freddy . She's still with him.

    My mother also maintains through careful observation of Rainbow during my formative years that Jane had a nose job at some point. Can't find enough photos to examine this theory for myself. Wonder if she did.
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    The infamous twangers sketh, priceless

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kclq2zGQy4w

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    Love a duck! I've just gone into shock! Apparently Rod and Jane were MARRIED! and then they got divorced and she ran away with Freddy . She's still with him.
    Yep, sure enough Rod and Jane were married for well over a decade before getting divorced in 1982! Before Rainbow they were also part of a serious folk-rock band called Cumulus. Jane began dating Freddy about four years after divorcing from Rod. The tabloids sensationalized it all and made out there was some scandalous love triangle between the three of them, though actually it happened well after Rod and Jane's divorce and Rod was perfectly fine about Jane's relationship with Freddy, they continued to work together for a good deal of time afterwards. There's a video on YouTube somewhere where R, J & F laugh off the whole 'love triangle' rumour. I believe the three of them are still close friends today, Jane of course still lives with Freddy and though they're pretty much retired they still make the occasional pantomime appearance.

    My mother also maintains through careful observation of Rainbow during my formative years that Jane had a nose job at some point. Can't find enough photos to examine this theory for myself. Wonder if she did.
    Can't say I've noticed that, but I'll keep an eye out for it. I remember noticing her dramatic change in hairstyle in the mid-80s from being very straight to being more shaggy and hippyish, and Rod's beard suddenly vanished at the same time.

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    I always thought Jane WAS Rod's 'beard'

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    I loved ZIPPY!!

    So arrogant, noisy and a right pain!! very funny too!

    "Oh Geoffrey, you are stupid!!"

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    I used to be a huge fan of this and wondered what happened in the first edition. I had a grainy copy back in about 1998, but the first edition of Rainbow, which originally was broadcast in October 1972, did come out on DVD a while back.

    The notable differences between that and later editions included:

    - No Geoffrey (it was a guy called David Cook)
    - No Rod, Jane & Matthew/Roger/Freddy - it was a band all dressed in yellow called Telltale, singing a rather catchy little number about shapes (because that was the theme of the episode)
    - Two puppets called Sunny and Moony (I think those were their names)
    - No George
    - Bungle has a white patch and looks a lot different to the character Stanley Bates made his own for so many years
    - Zippy looks different too, and he only appears briefly at the end. He even sounds different, as I don't think Roy Skelton was doing the voices that far back.

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    Telltale were the group who also performed the theme tune to 'Rainbow'. If you hear the full version it has a couple of hippy-trippy middle sections between the more familiar choruses.

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