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Fan Dabi Dozi - The Krankees Hardcover – 30 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844540266
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ian and Janette Tough are The Krankies, one of the biggest names in TV entertainment of the eighties, and still a much-loved double act, not only in this country but throughout the world. A real-life couple since 1969, they have delighted audiences with their unique brand of humour for more than five decades. They live together in Scotland.

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By hope on 27 April 2017
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The price was a rip off
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This is one of those books that's always going to be seen as a bit of a guilty pleasure. A bit like admitting you really quite like 'Barbie Girl' when out for a drink with your mates.

That said, this book is worth a read. If you have an interest in light entertainment, comedy, showbiz and celebrities of days gone by then this is definately for you.

It's very honest in a couldn't-give-a-monkeys sort of a way and spills the beans on a number of the celebrities of showbiz yesteryear. They make no apologies for their straight talking - and why should they? In fairness what did we expect from an act with 40 years (and counting) experience that have been maligned by the press and comedy police alike. You can't take it away from them, The Krankies must be doing something right.

The book is kept moving by the constant (almost) interview style in the writing which is both pacey and refreshing. I read this in two sittings, so it's a good 'un.

I didn't award it five stars for one simple reason... There are a number of errors in the book that could have been corrected so easily. They're silly inaccuracies like at one point they talk of Barrymore's wife calling her 'Carol' (She's called Cheryl), they incorrectly name a vehicle and misspell a few names, incorrectly identify a few acts, entertainers, places and events that could and should have been checked before going to print. Picky perhaps, but surely the accuracy of the account belies its validity.

That said, this is a great book that will make you laugh out loud and perhaps gain more than a little respect for these showbiz survivors.
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Eric and Ernie. Mike and Bernie. The list of great British double acts is long and, it would appear, rhyming. And to that list we must surely add Alan and Wee Jimmy. To some, a social services case in waiting, to others, myself included, the great duo of our age. The inspired silliness of an Abbott and Costello to contrast to the Lenny Bruce of our generation, Mr Ben Elton. My memory may be faulty, but a couple of examples should suffice: "Knock,knock" "Who's there?" "Fan" "Fan who?" "Fan Dabi" "Fan Dabi who?" "Fan Dabi Dozi!" and of course "My wife's gone to the West Indies" "Fan Dabi Dozi!" Not much on the printed page perhaps, but in the same way that you only have to look at Bobby Davro to laugh, it was all in Jimmy's face and timing. And smuggled into the soporific Seaside Special this was truly comedy anarchy. Monday morning would always find me in the schoolyard acting out the routines for a delighted audience. Eventually I was told this was no way for a Deputy Head to behave, but by then the job was done. The kids had been inducted into Krankiness, as we aficionados call it. Krankified you might say! And who can forget the great hit single featuring their ubiquitous catchphrase. Only two records have made me laugh as much: "Black Pudding Bertha" by The Goodies and "Vienna" by Ultravox. The great revelation here is of course - spoiler alert! - that in real life Alan was not actually Jimmy's dad. But that does not detract from my happy memories. If anything it simply shows what a fine actor he was. And so,to paraphrase another fine pair from the pantheon, it's five stars from me, and it's five stars from him!
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There have been many great novels and books written about the relationships between men and women: Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, Tender Is The Night etc; and to this panthion we can now add the Krankies' sensitive, and yet very honest, portrayal of their own (often troubled) marriage. Not so much an autobiography, as a self-autopsy, the book does not hesitate in tearing open the very workings of their relationship, exposing them for the reader to see in sharp close-up. In terms of literary quality, it seems only a shame that the Krankies have taken to literature this late in their careers. Had they entered the fray in, say, the 1970s, would we now be ranking them alongside the likes of Amis and Rushdie? I rather think we would.
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Honest, amusing and full of anecdotes, this book is a great read.
The Krankies are showbiz legends who have worked alongside many other greats and they are honest, often brutally about people.

Brill-yant!

Wee Jimmy Krankie rules ok!
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I was sad when I finished reading this book. It’s written in a conversational style, with Ian and Janette’s viewpoints alternating. The book covers their unconventional marriage and their family life as well as their long and varied working lives. They come across as warm, normal people. Their tale is one of hard work and fun. Their attitude isn’t showbizzy and entitled yet the book reads like a Who’s Who of anyone worth watching on telly in the 1980s, with casual references to Russ Abbot and Roger De Courcey. Other glamorous figures such as Peter Stringfellow and Kevin Keegan are also mentioned. They don’t get on with everyone (especially magicians) but in a career as long as theirs they’re bound to have come across some difficult people. They talk candidly about a falling out with Paul Daniels. Both Ian and Janette are a great tellers of anecdotes and sharers of anecdotes from people such as Jim Bowen of Bullseye fame. I would happily read a sequel to this book.
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