The Krankies return to the stage after near-fatal panto incident

Janette and Ian Krankie are making a brave return to the stage for the panto season this year, after nearly dying in a horrific on-stage accident in 2004.

Actress Janette, who is better know as her character Wee Jimmy Krankie, fell from a giant mechanical beanstalk during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Pavilion Theatre in 2004.

The 62-year-old suffered a fractured skull and broken collar bone after the beanstalk collapsed and fell on her, but she has now made a full recovery.

And she’s decided now is the time to make a triumphant return to the stage alongside her partner in crime, husband Ian, in a new production of Aladdin this December, at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium.

They will star alongside Doctor Who and Torchwood actor John Barrowman in the Clyde Auditorium show, who is rumoured to be taking on a role in popular US TV series, Desperate Housewives.

Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment's pantomime division and executive producer of Aladdin, said: "The Krankies are synonymous with the great tradition of pantomime in Glasgow and we are thrilled that they will be appearing at the SECC.

"We have been working with Ian and Janette over the past few seasons and they are widely regarded as being masters of the genre.
"Their huge talent, combined with John Barrowman's energy and showmanship together with our spectacular visual effects, is set to make Aladdin an unmissable pantomime experience."

The Krankies made their name on Crackerjack, on which Janette played her famous role as the mischievous Scottish schoolboy Wee Jimmy.

The pair went on to host The Krankies Club, and have appeared in numerous pantomimes and theatre productions since.
They also recently appeared on daytime chat show Loose Women, and have been fronting an advertising campaign for STV Bingo.

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