Geoffrey Hayes, presenter of Rainbow, dies aged 76

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Geoffrey Hayes - 1942-2018 Photo credit: Thames TV Archive

GEOFFREY HAYES, the much-loved TV presenter of children’s programme Rainbow has died aged 76.

Hayes passed away in hospital surrounded by his family, his manager Phil Dale announced today.

“It is with great sadness that the family announce that Geoffrey passed away in hospital with his wife, Sarah, and son, Tom, by his side.

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The legendary TV personality will be remembered for his roles on a host of Thames Television’s television shows for children and as an actor for his role as Detective Constable Scatliff in the BBC series Z-Cars.

Most will remember Geoffrey Hayes for his involvement in hit show Rainbow alongside friendly puppets, Zippy, George and Bungle.

Hayes worked on over 1,000 episodes of the hit-series from 1974-1992 after taking over presenting duties from Dave Cook.

Geoffrey Hayes said in 2002 that the key to the shows long running success was its “magic, innocence and imagination”.

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