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The Krankies lift lid on kinky sex life during height of fame in 1970s and 80s

The Krankies have lifted the lid on their kinky sex life in the 1970s and 1980s when the pair were at the height of their fame.

Ian and Janette Tough – the Scottish husband and wife duo who make up the popular act – had an “any time, anywhere” policy to their naughty antics.

And Ian said: “It was never orgies or wife-swapping parties or swingers’ clubs.

“We just had a bit of a wild spell when we had a lot of fun – our dirty thirties.

“We had an anywhere, any time attitude to sex, but we each knew what the other was doing.

“But as we got more famous on kids’ TV we were playing with fire. We didn’t want kiss-and-tell stories coming out, so we calmed down.”

The couple rose to fame with their act, which saw Janette, 72, dress up as schoolboy Wee Jimmy Krankie, and made their names as a cabaret act and on television.

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They also recorded an album, Fan-Dabi-Dozi, based on their catchphrase.

But following five decades in the public eye, the Krankies have called it a day after Janette was diagnosed with osteoporosis.

She said: “My back’s not good and I can’t do as much as I used to.

“So when Ian and I went off on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary last month, we decided it’s time to put our feet up.”

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Ian, also 72, added: “We’re a slapstick act – walking into doors, falling off beds and me chucking her about in the ventriloquist sketch. It’s not worth the risk.”

And Ian doubted that their innuendo-laden routine would be a success today.

He said: “There won’t be another ­character like Wee Jimmy Krankie.

“Today he’d be called transphobic, but it was just ­innocent fun.

“Everyone loves a double entendre – the kids get the humour on one level
and the adults get the gag.”

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