Barry Chuckle Dead: Children's Comedian Dies Aged 73
06 August, 2018, 04:42 | Author: Donna Miller
Children's comedian Barry Chuckle has died, at the age of 73, his manager has announced.
Barry, born Barry David Eilliot, was the older brother of Paul Harman Elliott (70), and they were best known for starring in the BBC series ChuckleVision which ran from 1987 to 2009.
His comedy partner said: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend".
Labour's Angela Rayner said: "So sorry to hear of the death of Barry Chuckle aged 73 this morning, a great entertainer who has been making people laugh for so long".
Children always know when they are being patronised, but the Chuckle Brothers were perhaps like two daft uncles who had never grown up, who could be relied upon to cause shock and laughter and disrupt family gatherings.
The duo, from Rotherham in Yorkshire, won TV talent contests Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and New Faces in 1974 and had guest spots on various TV shows over the ensuing years.
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Writing on social media, CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis wrote: "On screen he was hilarious, on stage even more so but off stage Barry was also the kindest of gentlemen". The show spawned many catchphrases including "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear".
Feeling disheartened after years of peddling their double act at end-of-the-pier shows and working men's clubs in front of often hostile audiences, Barry and Paul Chuckle had a eureka moment.
She said: "Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved".
In 2014 the Chuckle Brothers collaborated with the rapper Tinchy Stryder to release a charity single To Me, To You (Bruv) to raise funds for the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
Another commented: "RIP Barry Chuckle". His father was also an entertainer who performed in variety shows under the name Gene Patton and worked with a young Peter Sellers.
One moved fan took to Twitter to talk about the tribute programme: "Tonight's Chuckletime is amongst the most poignant TV I've ever seen".
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