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|The Chuckle Brothers|
The Chuckle Brothers: Paul (left) and Barry (right)
24 December 1944
Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
18 October 1947
Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Notable works and roles||ChuckleVision (1987–present)
To Me... To You... (1996-1998)
Barry Elliott (born 24 December 1944) and Paul Elliott (born 18 October 1947), better known as the Chuckle Brothers, are British comedians. They are best known for their work on their BBC show ChuckleVision, which celebrated its 21st series in March 2010 with a tour called An Audience with the Chuckle Brothers, which started in January 2010 and ended in May 2010. The comedy of the Chuckle Brothers usually derives from slapstick and other visual gags, and their catchphrases include "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear".
Early lives 
The brothers were born in Rotherham to Amy and James Patton Elliott in 1944 and 1947. Their father was a well-known Gang Show performer whose stage name was Gene Patton; he worked with the 18-year-old Peter Sellers in 1943 in 'The No. 10 Gang' and gave performances in London, Orkney, Iceland and the Hebrides, the Far East, India (Punjab) and Burma. They have elder brothers called Jimmy and Brian, who are known professionally as the Patton Brothers and who featured in Chucklevision, taking turns as the nameless character known colloquially by his catchphrase "no slacking" 
The Chuckle Brothers won the television talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and then New Faces in 1974. Despite this they did not find real success until the advent of their own television show for the BBC in 1985, Chucklehounds. These were short shows aimed at pre-school children that had no dialogue, in which they dressed in giant dog costumes. They quickly moved on to their most famous show, ChuckleVision, in 1987. In 1998, ChuckleVision was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA Award in the category Best Children's Television Series. Jimmy, and Brian Patton, the real life brothers of the pair, also make regular appearances on the show. In 2007, recording began on the 20th series. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the four brothers appeared as a quartet on TV. They are remembered for their performance in 1982 on 3-2-1.
They also presented a game show called To Me, To You!, named after their catchphrase. The basic format involved two teams, competing each round for prizes on a trolley (made to resemble a bamboo structure to fit in with the "treasure island" theme of the show). By rolling a die the teams had to get the trolley to their end of the board. The "squares" leading up to their end of the board often represented challenges. The rounds ended when this was achieved and new prizes were put on the trolley, which was reset to the centre. The show lasted for three series before the pair took a break from entertainment citing "exhaustion" as the main reason.
ChuckleVision is now the UKs longest running current "sitcom", since Last of the Summer Wine was cancelled in 2010.
On 7 November 2011 the pair starred in a set of TV commercials for UK based van insurance comparison website, Van Compare.
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As well as regular television appearances, Paul and Barry appear on stage throughout the year all over the UK. Past shows have included - Pantomime 1985-Aladdin-As The Comedy Policemen at the Civic Theatre Halifax-for Stanley Sher Enterprises. This Production also featured comedy material with The Chuckle Hounds with Paul and Barry dressed in large ex It's a knockout dog costumes The Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers, The Chuckle Brothers in – Trouble at Sea, Raiders of the Lost Bark, Barry Potty and his Smarter Brother Paul in the Chamber of Horrors, Star Doors, Pirates of the River Rother, Doctor What & the Return of the Garlics, Spooky Goings On and Spooky Goings On 2. Live recordings of Pirates of the River Rother and Spooky Goings On 2 were released in 2007, the latter under the title The Chuckle Brothers – Spooky Goings On Live!..
In November — December 2006, they toured their Pantomime Aladdin to many theatres up and down the UK. Barry starred as Aladdin and Paul as his brother Wishie Washee, as they did battle against the evil Abanazer. This starred the illusionists Safire, Simon Harvey as Abanazar, Luke Jasztal as Widow Twankey, Charlotte Sullivan as So Shi and Amanda Poyner as the Princess. This pantomime also featured a group of dancers known as The Chucklettes. The choreography for the show was created by the Chuckle Brothers' niece , Debbie Baggott who runs her own dance school — Debonair Dance Academy and all of the Chucklettes are members.
Their 2008 tour, "Indiana Chuckles and The Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk" was set in ancient Egypt, based on the Indiana Jones movies. The illusionists Safire joined them once again, making it their sixth outing with the Chuckles. They performed two new illusions along with a new black art act up their sleeves, to fit in with the Egyptian theme. The Patton Brothers also toured with them once again. Also, it was announced under their biography section of their website that this will also be released as a DVD, as with Pirates of the River Rother & Spooky Goings On 2, with a release date set at 22 September 2008. In May 2008 they appeared in the BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain. At Christmas 2008 the Chuckle Brothers appeared in Aladdin at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend.
A brand-new show named Chuckle Trek — The Lost Generation was staged around the country in 2009. It was set in space.
For Christmas 2009, the Chuckle Brothers toured the UK with a pantomime called A Christmas Chuckle.
In 2010 the brothers toured the UK with a special 21st anniversary show, "An Audience With The Chuckle Brothers", a mix of comedy sketches and a question session from the audience. The brothers are set to tour once again in November and December 2010 with the Christmas show "The Twelve Days Of Christmas".
In 2011 the brothers toured in the UK with a new show called Barry Potter and his Full Blood Brother Paul in The Ghostly Shadows. The Patton Brothers and Safire joined them again. In Wolverhampton they stayed for two days rather than the usual single day in each venue.
In December 2011 they starred in the panto 'Cinderella' in Hull.
In October 2012 they appeared on the Comedy World Cup on Channel 4
On 07 April 2013 they premiered “The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom at the Theatre!” tour at Cliff's Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Television appearances 
- Opportunity Knocks (1967)
- New Faces (1974)
- Lenny and Jerry (1979)
- The Good Old Days (1980)
- 3-2-1 (1982)
- The Freddy Starr Showcase (1983)
- Chucklehounds (1985)
- Chucklevision (1987–present)
- To Me, To You! (1996–1998)
- The Weakest Link (2007)
- Chucklemaths (2009)
- Come Dine With Me (2010)
- Celebrity Coach Trip (2010)
- Van Compare adverts (2011)
- Pointless Celebrities (2012)
- Comedy World Cup (2012)
- Celebrity Juice (2012)
- Comic Relief (2013)
Chuckle Brothers Live 
- 1995: To You, To Me
- 1996: Live and in Trouble
- 1997: The Chuckle Brothers Summer Roadshow
- 1998: The Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers
- 1999: Trouble At Sea
- 2000: The New Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers
- 2001: Spooky Goings On
- 2002: Raiders of the Lost Bark
- 2003: Star Doors — The Chuckles Strike Back
- 2004: Barry Potty and his Smarter Brother Paul in The Chamber of Horrors
- 2005: Pirates of the River Rother
- 2006: Doctor What and The Return of the Garlics
- 2007: Spooky Goings On 2
- 2008: Indiana Chuckles and The Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk
- 2008: Aladdin (Late 2008 Christmas Special)
- 2009: Chuckle Trek — The Lost Generation
- 2009: A Christmas Chuckle (Late 2009 Christmas Special)
- 2010: An Audience With...The Chuckle Brothers
- 2010: The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Late 2010 Christmas Special)
- 2011: Barry Potty And His Full Blood Brother Paul in The Ghostly Shadows
- 2011: Cinderella (late 2011 Christmas Special) (Hull only)
- 2012: Pirates Of River Rother 2: In Stranger Tights  (all venues except Bristol)
- 2012: Barry Potty And His Scar Loved Brother Paul in The Cup of Waters (unconfirmed)
- 2013?: Batman and Robin (unconfirmed)
- 2013: Phantom At The Theatre
- 2013: Aladdin (late 2013 Christmas Special) (Darlington only)
The 2005 tour, Pirates of The River Rother, the 2007 tour, Spooky Goings On 2 and the 2008 tour, Indiana Chuckles and the Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk, have all been released on DVD.
A short, edited version of the 1996 tour was also released under the name of "The Chuckle Brothers In Trouble". The DVD features a rehearsal performance of the show, with no audience present. The original DVD can be seen on YouTube.
The 2010 tour "An Audience With...The Chuckle Brothers", took the format of a variety show with classic sketches, audience questions, musical performances, puppetry, film clips, magic, and an audience participation version of the 'to me, to you' game show, celebrating 21 years of Chucklevision. The only place they did not visit was the Bristol Hippodrome. The Late 2011 Christmas Panto Cinderella will only be shown in Hull.
The 2005 Tour Pirates of River Rother had an another tour in 2012, under the name of Pirates of River Rother 2: In Stranger Tights. Tour dates were seen on the official website.
3D Film 
In 2010, a 3D spoof-horror film was suggested to be in early development, with an aim to film in May/June 2011. As of March 2012, no further mention of this project has been made, and it's seemingly unlikely to be produced between the brothers' busy touring schedule in 2012.
Although TVGoHome has described the Chuckles as "Britain's most wizened and suspect comedy duo", recognition has come to the brothers. On 31 January 2007 Rotherham United chairman Denis Coleman announced that the brothers had both been made honorary presidents of the football club.
In November 2007, Loaded magazine launched a campaign for the brothers to be knighted, by calling for people to write to The Queen. This was picked up by a group on social networking website Facebook.
In 2008, they were honoured with the Special Award at the Children's BAFTA Awards.
Personal life 
In April 2007, while on holiday on the Greek island of Kefalonia, Paul broke his nose and received cuts and bruises when he lost control of his motorbike after suddenly braking to avoid a goatherd and his flock of goats. Tourists who stopped at the accident, instead of helping him out, shouted out the Chuckle Brothers' catchphrase: "To me, to you."
The brothers also support Rotherham United football club.
Rotherham 'free school' controversy 
In December 2010, Barry Elliott announced his support for a proposal that one of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government's 'free schools', a taxpayer-funded school independent of the local authority, should be set up in Rotherham. It also became clear that Elliott's son's teacher girlfriend, Charlotte Blencowe, a former Conservative Party local election candidate with a history of controversial comments on Twitter, hoped to become Headteacher of the new school. Further questions were raised by a local newspaper in February 2012, when it emerged that the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, had approved the school's initial bid even though Rotherham Council could find no evidence that it had any premises or staff in place and no indication of pupil numbers. Blencowe, for her part, claimed that she had not spoken recently to Barry Elliott about the project.
Death hoax 
An urban legend purporting Barry Chuckle's death from a heart attack has been in circulation since at least 2008. In 2010, the Chuckle Brothers issued a statement on their web site confirming that the story was "complete and utter rubbish". The BBC reported that the death hoaxes had upset young viewers, and had shocked Barry Elliott when they resurfaced. The hoax was said to have spread via Facebook in 2008, but resurfaced in 2010 via Twitter.
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