The Krankies
The Krankies
The Krankies are a Scottish comedy duo that enjoyed success as a cabaret act in the 1970s and on television in the 1980s, featuring in their own television shows and releasing their own music single. They have regularly appeared in pantomime. The duo comprises wife Janette Tough and her husband Ian. As the Krankies they portray schoolboy Wee Jimmy Krankie, and Jimmy's father (Ian), though in their comedy act they also portray other characters.
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The Krankies' Janette Tough: 'I Stopped Eating After Sex Life Stories'
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
The Krankies star Janette Tough has revealed that she didn't eat for three days following revelations of their "swinging" sex life. Pantomime legends Ian and Janette Tough, both 64, who soared to fame on children's TV show Crackerjack, spoke about their naughty nocturnal activities during an interview with BBC Radio Scotland's Stark Talk in December and confessed that they both slept with other people whilst on tour in their heyday. More...
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All I want for Christmas is to swing with The Krankies
STV - about 5 years
Devil’s Advocate: Forget the moronic mockery that followed the married couple’s revelation that they had other sexual partners in their heyday, The Krankies seem to have had a whale of a time – so why wouldn’t you want to join them?
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The Krankies admit to being secret swingers: Not so fan-dabi-dozi!
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The pair, who are in real life husband-and-wife team Janette and Ian Tough, have revealed their wild secret past which includes swinging and strings of wild affairs.
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John Barrowman and The Krankies team up for SECC Christmas pantomime launch - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
There was lots of "Hello sailor" yesterday as Torchwood star John Barrowman met up with The Krankies again. Glasgow-born John was back in his home town to launch Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates at the tall ship Glenlee
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Children's show review: Hurry Up and Wait - Edinburgh Festivals
Google News - over 5 years
A sort of arty take on the Krankies, this Australian double-act takes a while to win over the adults in the audience but slowly does so - thanks largely to the sympathetic performance of the long-suffering boy clown, and to the wonderful way in which
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of The Krankies
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On 24 December 2015, the Krankies appeared on the BBC One programme Pointless, losing out to Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland to get to the final.
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    In December 2015, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie sparked controversy and accusations of racism when it was announced that Janette Tough would be playing a male Japanese character named Huki Muki.
    More Details Hide Details Korean American comedian Margaret Cho accused Janette Tough of “yellowface”, which she described as "when white people portray Asian people. And unfortunately it’s happening in this film." Upon release of the film it became apparent that the character was not, in fact, Japanese but Scottish. When asked about the controversy Jennifer Saunders replied "the whole film is about people being what they're not, Huki Muki is a brand, she is the designer and she looks a bit Japanese, but the moment she opens her mouth she's from Glasgow. There's no yellow makeup "
    David Hassellhoff joined the Krankies for the 2015 Pantomime and Marti Pellow for 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2011, during an appearance on BBC Radio Scotland's Stark Talk programme, Ian Tough revealed the couple had enjoyed a colourful sex life at the time when their profile was at its highest in the 1980s, admitting to episodes of swinging. He told the story of one amorous incident where the pair almost sailed off course to France in a small boat while partaking in a sex act.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    The Krankies returned alongside Barrowman in 2011 and soon became SECC Veterans, after Five Years Barrowman announced he would not return.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    During the 2010 panto season, the Krankies made a re-appearance to Scottish panto alongside John Barrowman at the SECC for Aladdin.
    More Details Hide Details They appeared as the Police, with Janette parodying Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga, and making an appearance as Wee Jimmy Krankie.
  • 2007
    Age 59
    The Krankies appeared in a widely seen advertising campaign for 'stv Bingo'. In 2007, The Krankies appeared in the video for the Comic Relief remake of The Proclaimers' song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", which featured Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin (fictional characters portrayed by Peter Kay and Matt Lucas respectively).
    More Details Hide Details On the 12 June 2008 they appeared as guests on The Paul O'Grady Show, where they appeared in character at the beginning, before coming on later in the show as themselves. They were promoting a forthcoming tour in which they performed with other "semi-retired" acts such as Frank Carson, Brotherhood of Man, and Jimmy Cricket (all best known in the 1970s and 1980s). In a 2008 interview, David Tennant (jokingly) suggested that he would like Wee Jimmy Krankie to take over the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. In 2009, 14 December, they once again were on the Paul O'Grady show for the pantomime special of 'Sleeping Beauty' where Janette played a hooker and Ian played a rampant camel. The duo appeared on ITV's daytime show Loose Women on 25 February 2010.
  • 1999
    Age 51
    Also in 1999 she appeared as Janice, friend of Petula in an episode of Dinnerladies entitled 'Christmas'.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, "Wee Jimmy Krankie" was voted "The Most Scottish Person in the World" by the readers of The Glasgow Herald. In 2004, Janette was badly injured in a fall during a performance in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, but has since made a full recovery.
  • 1966
    Age 18
    The two met in 1966, and were married in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details They began their career as a comedy duo performing various characters, working the comedy circuit. In 1978 they got their "big break" when they were given a place at the Royal Variety Performance. During the 1980s they were given roles in several television shows, including the BBC's stalwart children's entertainment series Crackerjack. In early 1981 they released a couple of singles. Janette also appears as Jimmy Krankie in the video for 2007 Comic Relief single "500 Miles" with The Proclaimers, Brian Potter, Andy Pipkin and other celebrity stars. The pair made recurring appearances in various series of French & Saunders. Janette played, for example, Anadin Skywalker in the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace parody "The Phantom Millennium", and they both appeared in several other movie parodies throughout the series. Her most recent appearance was on the 2005 Christmas Special, in which she appeared in the mock theatre trailers for The Graduate and Chicago. She also appeared in the fifth series of Absolutely Fabulous playing both a midwife and nightmare baby in the episode "Book Clubbin."
  • 1947
    Born on May 16, 1947.
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