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Krankies back after panto tumble

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Ian Tough and wife Jeanette will play Chinese policemen in Aladdin

The Krankies are to return to pantomime in Glasgow for the first time since "Wee Jimmy" was almost killed in an on-stage accident in the city in 2004.

Janette Tough, 62, suffered a fractured skull after falling from a mechanical beanstalk while performing in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Pavilion Theatre.

She will appear alongside her Krankies co-star and husband Ian Tough in Aladdin at the Clyde Auditorium.

The show, starting in December, also stars Torchwood actor John Barrowman.

The comedy duo will play a pair of Chinese policemen while Mr Barrowman takes the title role.

Panto 'masters'

Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment's pantomime division and executive producer of Aladdin, said: "The Krankies are synonymous with the great tradition of pantomime in Glasgow and we are thrilled that they will be appearing.

"We have been working with Ian and Janette over the past few seasons and they are widely regarded as being masters of the genre."

Mr and Mrs Tough are now semi-retired but throughout the 1980s were a fixture on TV screens throughout the UK.

They made their name on Crackerjack with their routine, which saw Mrs Tough act the part of mischievous Scottish schoolboy "Wee Jimmy".

They went on to host The Krankies Club on ITV before disappearing from TV screens in 1991.

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