The actor Roy Skelton who voiced the puppets Zippy and George in the well known children's programme Rainbow, has died aged 79.
Roy Skelton passed away at his home in Brighton, south England on Tuesday. He had suffered a stroke. The voice actor joined Rainbow in 1972 and remained with the programme for 20 years when the show finished in the early 1990s. Skelton's voice was also used in Doctor Who as the Daleks, he also voiced the the Cybermen and the Krotons in the same science-fiction series.
Geoffrey Hayes, who played himself in Rainbow, paid tribute to the brilliant voice-over skills of Skelton:
He really brought Zippy and George to life through his voice. [He was] fabulous at improvising if something went wrong, [and] the most wonderful thing was if Zippy and George were having an argument between themselves, it sounded like he'd double-tracked it as they seemed to be talking over each other. It was a wonderful technique and I don't know how he did it. Although he was known for Zippy and George he was actually a fabulous actor with a great singing voice and a wonderful raconteur - he used to tell us some wonderful stories
During the 2008 series Ashes to Ashes, about a man who returns back in time to the seventies, Skelton reprised the role of Zippy.