Hit comedy Malcolm In The Middle is set to raise laughs out of a painful subject - amputation

Bryan Cranston, who plays lead character Frankie Muniz's father in the show, promises the episode will prove amusing even though one character will lose a leg.

He says, "This is a very dark show, but under the right circumstances, amputation can be quite funny.

"I know I'm going to get letters for saying that."

Cranston reveals that the character also has to watch in horror as the limb is attacked by a pet.

He explains, "The dog accidentally gets hold of it and starts munching down on the leg - as dogs would want to do."

He adds, "I think you'll be happy to know that part of the leg that is missing contains the funny bone."

16/12/2004 09:32