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Zippy and Me

My Life Inside Britain's Most Infamous Puppet

Ronnie Le Drew

(author)

,

Duncan Barrett

(author)

,

Nuala Calvi

(author)

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This hilarious autobiography of Rainbow puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew is the first behind-the-scenes look at the iconic children's TV programme
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

Over the course of almost half a century, puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew has worked with the greats - from David Bowie in Labyrinth to Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol. But the role that defined his career was Rainbow's Zippy, who he operated for more than twenty years.

Zippy and Me
is the first time a Rainbow insider has told the true story of what went on under the counter and inside the suits: the petty squabbles between performers, wrangling with TV executives, and scandals such as the 'love triangle' between musicians Rod, Jane and Freddy. Not to mention the now infamous X-rated episode shot for an ITV Christmas party, which subsequently found its way to the Sun.

Interweaved with the dirt on what really went on behind the scenes is the story of Rainbow's heyday in the 1970s and 80s, when its stars found themselves catapulted into an exciting showbiz world - scooping a BAFTA award and even performing for the queen - and the story of a young lad from a south London council estate who defied his parents' protests to became one of the most respected puppeteers of all time.

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Book publisherUnbound
Publication date25 Jul 2019
FormatPaperback
Pages416
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