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Bungle (Rainbow)

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Portrayed by  Stanley Bates
Played by  Stanley Bates
Species  Bear
TV show  Rainbow
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Similar  Zippy, George, Sooty, Errtu, Mr Benn

Bungle is a character in the British children's television series Rainbow. He is a large brown furry bear and is played by various actors, but chiefly Stanley Bates. Bungle is inquisitive but also clumsy, and each show typically represents Bungle involved in a comic dispute with the other puppet characters, Zippy and George, with Geoffrey Hayes mediating. 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.


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Character history

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Originally, Bungle's face stuck out more, and his belly was white. He also looked more like a bear, but from the second season onwards the crew made him look more cartoon-like because some of the younger viewers were frightened by his realistic appearance. They made his fur more of an orange-brown colour, and his head was enlarged with his face squashed in.

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An urban legend holds that one actor (presumably Stanley Bates) playing the role of Bungle was fired after swearing at a child who had deliberately stood on his foot during a live show, although long-time Rainbow contributor Malcolm Lord revealed that Bates chose to stand down before the live shows began in order to concentrate upon scriptwriting, giving Lord the opportunity to portray Bungle himself.

In popular culture

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Bungle appeared in an episode of Series 2 of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps when Jonny Keogh hired him and a bouncy castle with his £1,000 scratch card winnings.

Actors who portrayed Bungle

  • John Leeson
  • Stanley Bates

  • Bungle (Rainbow) The Voice39 UK Bungle From 39Rainbow39 Actor Paul Cullinan Among New


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