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The Krankies Elektronik Komik
UK, BBC, Children's sketch, Colour, 1985
Starring: The Krankies, The Great Soprendo
The Krankies Elektronik Komik

Husband and wife in real life but man and shrill-voiced naughty schoolboy on stage, noisy Scottish double-act the Krankies proved popular with younger viewers who identified with wee Jimmy's (that is, Janette's) anti-establishment childish behaviour, oblivious to the fact that she was a vertically challenged (4ft 5 and a half in) woman in her late thirties.

This BBC series - following two seasons of The Krankies Klub on ITV - took the features of a typical children's comic as its format, with regular items including a spoof Agatha Christie-style mystery serial, Mayhem On The Overland Express, Jimmy's attempts to teach Ian a new skill, comedy magic from the Great Soprendo and a musical guest slot. Another feature was a weekly visit to Café Macaroni, home of further frantic goings-on. In the second series the regular serial was The Adventures Of Jimmy Burgermac which featured the entire Krankie family. The series was great fun for kids, admittedly, but older viewers probably found The Krankies Elektronik Komik kompletely unwatchable.

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

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The Krankies - (Ian and Janette Tough)
The Great Soprendo

Brian Marshall - Writer (9)
Sid Green - Writer (6)
Jim Cammel - Writer (6)
Ron Ottoway - Writer (6)
Bryan Blackburn - Writer (6)
Russel Lane - Writer (6)
Graham Deykin - Writer (1)
Paul Ciani - Director / Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 12 Length: 6 x 35 mins · 6 x 25 mins
Series One (6 x 25 mins) 30 Nov 1985-4 Jan 1986 · BBC1 Sat 5.20pm
Series Two (6 x 35 mins) 25 July-29 Aug 1987 · BBC1 Sat 5.20pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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