The Krankies Elektronik Komik
UK, BBC, Children's sketch, Colour, 1985
Starring: The Krankies, The Great Soprendo
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.
Number of episodes: 12
Length: 6 x 35 mins · 6 x 25 mins