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Rainbow Unzipped [Hardcover]

Tim Randall
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1 Oct 2009
The official and uncensored story of the stars of Rainbow, as told to Tim Randall by Zippy, George and Bungle.

For over twenty years Zippy, George and Bungle were the biggest stars on children s television, inspiring a whole generation of adoring fans. But behind the smiles and the brightly coloured fur, all was not what it seemed in the Rainbow house.

Having spent the last seventeen years refusing approaches from publishers to tell their story, the squabbling stars have agreed thanks to some serious financial inducements and a clause insisting they don t have to spend more than three hours in the same room together to talk to journalist Tim Randall about the highs and lows and the heartbreaks they have endured.

From their humble beginnings to international stardom, via the wilderness years, this is Zippy, George and Bungle's fascinating autobiography. Here, for the very first time, is the inside story of what really happened at the beginning, middle and end of their Rainbow.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755319761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755319763
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you only read one celebrity memoir this year, make it Rainbow Unzipped (The Independent)

About the Author

After growing up on a diet of Rainbow, Bagpuss and Hong Kong Phooey, Tim Randall became a journalist, writing about television and interviewing some of TV's most familiar faces for newspaper supplements and magazines. A British TV buff, he is also the author of the bestselling Coronation Street Treasures and the Official EastEnders Annual.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Zippytastic! 30 Sep 2009
By Beano
I loved this book - bought it for a daft pressie for a friend, and ended up keeping it for myself. Took me right back to staying home off school and watching Rainbow while my Mum brought me Lucozade. I heart Zippy, and always wondered why we never got to see his legs. He's real, right? Poor old Bungle, it's almost too tragic. Hope Zippy will be doing lots of promotion, would love to see him do the talk shows!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paint the whole world.... 30 Sep 2009
By Wooster
Loved the show as a kid, and loved the book. It's one of those funny books that is actually genuinely funny and a proper read, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchic Nostalgia 24 Oct 2009
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If you are unfamiliar with British kids' TV (and some adult output) from the 70s until the present day, stop reading now, this isn't for you.

For everybody who does remember that era and has managed to retain even the slightest sense of humour, Tim Randall skilfully goes beyond that "teenage pub chat" stage in which programmes of your youth are dissected with worldly and cynical air.

Displaying a finely honed satirical imagination, Randall has re-created the innocent world of the Rainbow years with a superbly adult twist. By resisting the temptation to become either too ridiculous or self-referencing, the result is a credible and hilarious spoof.

An absolute must buy gift for the now 30 or 40 something TV fan who is jaded with life, but can still laugh loud and long about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia and spoofery, my two favourites 15 Feb 2010
I clearly remember Rainbow and all its lovable characters from my childhood days. This is why it was especially funny reading this tongue-in-cheek "biography" about the rivalries, addictions and bad behaviour that supposedly went on behind the scenes as Rainbow was being made.
The author treats the characters as if they were real rather than puppets and some of the events described you just KNOW could not have happened. But the incredible thing is, even as you laugh and think "how silly", you actually start to believe it! You really can believe that behind the scenes Zippy was an arrogant, controlling character who put down the more fragile, emotionally wrought Bungle, as described within. George, meanwhile, was always a peacemaker, with a slightly ambiguous sexuality. Can't you just see it?
It's a quick, simple read which is guaranteed to raise a chuckle and even ends with a touching reconciliation. If you are a fellow one-time fan, read this and your world will be painted with a rainbow once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected 31 Dec 2009
I bought this as a Christmas present for my sister, but when I flicked through I found myself reading it and couldn't put it down. It's a funny and cleverly written book in which the characters become alive and almost real. This book would probably be enjoyed best by those who watched Rainbow or enjoy reading 'behind the scenes' stories.
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