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Anyway, apparently you're not allowed to pepper spray Pudsey Bear; BURNISTOUN COPS' CHANGE SCRIPT FOR CHILDREN IN NEED; Charity icon saved from comedy duo.

Byline: Steve Hendry

The boys from Burnistoun have admitted they landed in hot water with Children In Need bosses - after trying to pepper spray Pudsey.

Robert Florence and Iain Connell - who wrote and star in the Bafta-nominated BBC Scotland show - will be appearing as their "Quality Polis" characters McGregor and Toshan in an exclusive sketch for the annual fundraiser.

The two dim-witted bobbies aren't known for their subtle approach to policing and the famous Children In Need teddy bear mascot, who has one eye bandaged, almost felt the strong arm of the law, Burnistoun-style.

Robert said: "There are certain rules and regulations about what you can do with Pudsey.

"We couldn't arrest him or anything like that and we couldn't pepper spray him because you're not allowed to. We would have loved to have pepper sprayed Pudsey Bear.

"Apparently, although he has been around for years, he's only five. He's like Oor Wullie because he never ages."

Instead, the two characters find themselves struggling with the phonetic alphabet, a cleaned-up version of a sketch they performed at live gigs this year.

Iain said: "It is basically them trying to remember the phonetic alphabet as they have a test coming up.

"It's a version of a sketch we played at one of the live shows but we made it family and Pudsey-friendly.

"The Quality Polis characters are good fun to do. They are recognisable and seemed a good fit. It's the first time we've done something for Children In Need and it's nice to be a part of it.

"You have this one day where everybody is doing good, positive stuff, giving up their time and people are donating. It's a great thing."

The Burnistoun characters are going into hibernation following their Children in Need sketch. Robert and Iain brought the show back earlier this year for a one-off TV special and a series of stage shows but there are no plans to do more for now.

? Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly will kick off the live Children in Need extravaganza on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Friday.

? Four Call the Midwife stars will get a glamorous makeover for a Strictly Come Dancing special.

? The EastEnders cast will travel back in time for a Hollywood-style musical show while Warwick Davis, C-3PO and R2-D2 will appear in a Star Wars sketch.

? Former Westlife and Girls Aloud stars Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle will perform their duet I Could Be for the first time on UK television.


UNFAIR COPS Robert, left, and Iain

TV and radio presenter Katie Derham is still starring in BBC dance show Strictly but kept one eye on Children in Need yesterday as she posed with Pudsey

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 8, 2015
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