Rod, Jane and Freddy was the most famous name for a singing trio who appeared in children's programming on the British TV channel ITV in the 1970s and 1980s. They starred both in the long-running series Rainbow as well as their own 15-minute show, Rod, Jane and Freddy. They have also made numerous guest appearances in several other children's TV shows including The Sooty Show.

The original trio consisted of Rod Burton, Jane Tucker and Matthew Corbett, when they were known as "Rod, Matt and Jane". Corbett left in 1976 to host The Sooty Show and was replaced by actor Roger Walker (later to star in the BBC's ill-fated soap opera Eldorado, whereupon the trio became known as "Rod, Jane and Roger". When Walker left in 1980, he was replaced by Freddy Marks, leading to the most famous incarnation of the trio.

Rod Jane and Freddy Show - 1981 - 1990

They wrote hundreds of songs on various different topics. Most were comedic but several had deeper meanings.

They have written and produced 10 albums, 24 videos, written jingles for commercial radio, theme and title music for TV, songs for Pantomimes and managed to write a massive 2500 songs during the course of their careers!

Their shows often followed a certain format:

* Opening with a big song, giving you an idea of the theme of this particular show (music and Song, pets, moving house, etc)
* Rod, Jane and Freddy would usually have solo songs
* There was often a sketch, but these were generally rarer than songs
* They would close with a final song
* As the credits rolled, the first or last song would be sung again.

One of their most well known songs is "Big Dogs, Small Dogs".

Episode List

The Farmyard 1989

Chinese Plate 1989

Moving House 1989

Town 1989

Sweets 1989

Food 1989

Snow and Ice 1989

Games 1989

Houses and Homes 1989

Dressing Up 1989

Nursery Ryhmes 1989

Wild West 1989

Fast and Slow 1989

Music and Song 1989

Land of Dreams 1989

Light 1989

Paper 1989

Suitcases 1989

The Wizard 1989

Weather 1989

Feelings 1989

Body Movement 1989

Garden 1990

Dots and Dashes 1990

Friends 1990

Faces 1990

Children's Favourites 1990

Mirrors/ Dressing Up 1990

Toys 1990

Tricks of the Trade 1990

Boxes 1990

Time 1990

Entertainers 1990

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Although the trio no longer regularly appear on television (apart from repeats of Rainbow from the early 1980s on the UK digital TV channel Nick Jr.), they remain a popular attraction in British children's theatre and in pantomime. They also featured in Peter Kay's video for his 2007 Comic Relief release of I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).