The Krankies

Hus­band and wife duo Ian and Janette Tough talk fa­mous pals and panto!

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A Wee Blether With…

Ian: I was work­ing as an elec­tri­cian at the Pav­il­ion The­atre in Glas­gow in 1965 while Janette was do­ing pan­tomime there. One day I asked her if she’d like to go to the cin­ema. I paid for the film, but Janette was on more money than me, so she paid for the Chi­nese meal af­ter­wards!

Ian: Per­form­ing at the Royal Va­ri­ety Show in 1978 was a real high­light. It was the last one that was ever recorded live. We’d only just been dis­cov­ered work­ing in the clubs and they put us on as the sur­prise act. We ba­si­cally stormed the show.

Janette: That was us our big break. That’s what got us our tele­vi­sion show. Ian: We get the whole the­atre com­pany to­gether and have Christ­mas din­ner. The cast and the cho­rus line come from all over the UK and be­yond, so it’s great to have ev­ery­one over and have a party. We don’t have chil­dren, so the the­atre com­pany are our fam­ily.

Ian: We go to Aus­tralia where we’ve got our apart­ment. We spend two or three months there, cy­cling along the Pa­cific Ocean, play­ing golf and swim­ming. It’s fan­tas­tic. Janette: We’ve been out there for so many years, we’ve got great friends to spend time with, too. We love it.

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