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ONE day you're winning the Golden Rose, the next you're stocking shelves with cat food.

Such are the ups and downs of show business.

Fresh from their triumph in Montreux, where they were voted the top comics in Europe, who would have thought that Hale and Pace would be trying to sort out the Frisk tuna chunks from the Whiskas beef and rabbit at a supermarket in Perivale, Middlesex?

Never expected to find you in here, I say. "Mornin', sir. Will that be the handy size or the giant economy for little Tiddles?" they reply.

But they haven't decided to take a day job in case times get hard. Gareth Hale and Norman Pace are on location among the wire baskets doing a cameo role for next autumn's Doctor Who series.

The part calls for them to advise the Doctor which brand of food to feed his mechanical cat. Keeping cats alive rather than microwaving makes a change for them!

The notorious cat in the microwave sketch, part of their winning show in Montreux, brought a storm of protest from animal lovers.

It still amazes them that anything so obviously played for laughs could have produced such a violent reaction.

Today, padding around the shelves, they couldn't look more different from Ron and Ron, the hard-faced pair of night-club bouncers that first made their name.

Mind you, if Ron and Ron had been in Dr Who, there wouldn't have been a show.

The Daleks and the other baddies would have fled.

Now if they can get their hands on a tin of tropical mackerel for that bloody Doctor's cat, they'll be well away.

Caption: Cat-astrophe — Dr Who actor Sylvester McCoy (centre) gets feline food advice from Norman Pace (left) and Gareth Hale

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