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Monday, December 19, 2011

Not so fan-dabi-dozi! Eighties children's entertainers The Krankies admit to being secret swingers

By Sarah Bruce

For those of you who still think they're a double act consisting of a cheeky schoolboy and his sinister older friend, this will be hard to take.

Brace yourself – the Krankies have admitted in a radio interview that they were secret swingers and have a seedy sexual past.

'Wee Jimmy' and Ian Krankie were idolised by children in the 1980s, and are fondly remembered for their comedy catchphrase 'fan-dabi-dozi'

Thumbs up: Ian and Janette Tough, who play Wee Jimmy and Ian Krankie, admitted in a radio interview they were both openly unfaithful to each other

But the pair – who are in real life husband-and-wife team Janette and Ian Tough – have revealed that while they entertained the nation's kids by day, outside working hours they both openly had a string of affairs and enjoyed alfresco romance.

The couple, currently appearing in panto at Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium in Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates, revealed that, at the height of their fame, off screen and back stage, they were openly unfaithful.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Stark Talk yesterday, they admitted they had an 'anywhere, anytime' attitude to sex including on golf courses - while on tour they went with other partners with the full knowledge of the other.

Free-thinking: The husband and wife duo admitted yesterday they had an 'anywhere, anytime' attitude to sex including on golf courses (pictured here in 2004)

The only thing that stopped the 64-year-olds was the sudden realisation that they were 'playing with fire' – and worried a jealous ex would speak publicly about their antics.

Asked by interviewer Edi Stark about their 'very healthy and active physical relationship - anywhere, anytime', Ian said: 'Yes, golf courses - Jersey was quite good.'

But put to them that they weren't faithful to one another, and that nowadays they'd be called swingers, Janette said: 'We weren't behind each other's back. We knew what each other was up to.

Ian said: 'But then we thought 'we're playing with fire here.'

On tour: The pair say their swinging was only conducted on tour and stopped after they realised they were 'playing with fire'

Asked if they were getting jealous, Ian replies: “No, what we started worrying about was the other people were getting jealous.

And Janette adds: 'Not only that, you think if somebody opens their mouth.

Ian said: 'Today it would be in the papers instantly. In those days people were very good. Do you know what I think it was?

'I think suddenly we are the top of the bill on this fabulous tour doing great business and everybody around us is having a whale of a time, jumping in and out, and me and her going 'we are missing out here', and it was our so-called fame that was causing this.

'I think that's it. I think drink had a lot to do with it as well.'

Strong team: Ian and wife Janette Tough said their wild days are now firmly behind them

Put to them this was 'excessive living', Janette said: 'Yeah, but it wasn't like years or months or anything like that. It was when we were on tour.'

Ian said Krankies tours were wilder than rock tours.

He said: 'Status Quo said that. They lent us their coach. Their management lent us it and when we gave them it back they said “blinking heck, this is worse than if we'd lent it to a rock show, and this is a kids' show out on the road”.'

The couple got together aged 18 after meeting at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre where Janette was performing and where Ian worked as an electrician. Romance blossomed and they were married aged 21.

In other surprising revelations on the show, Ian told how he once punched TV magician Paul Daniels in a bar on Jersey, where he and Janette were doing a summer season.

He said: “I was a bit punchy I suppose, when I was in my thirties. Yes (I punched Paul Daniels), but that's not really a bad thing is it?

Friends again: The Krankies (pictured bottom) admit they did fall out with Paul Daniels (middle row far left) after Ian punched him (pictured with Frank Carson (top left), Jimmy Cricket, Bobby Ball, Tommy Cannon, and (centre) Jane Fryer

'I think he must have said something to contradict something I was saying. I'd likely had a drink and was talking rubbish and I just went bang - he went off the chair and the whole bar all applauded and said “it's time somebody did that”.'

But the Daniels and the Krankies are now friends.

Janette adds: 'I tell you what though - we went to the renewing of their wedding vows last year and they've become great friends.'

Ian also revealed he used to enjoy streaking.

He said: 'I used to be a bit of a rogue. We were in our early thirties and we got fame and went a bit berserk. Luckily we didn't get in to the drugs, like they do today, but we were wild.

'I used to run round housing estates for a bet, with nothing on. We were party people.'



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