1944 - 2018
Barry David Elliott (24 December 1944 – 5 August 2018) was one half of THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS along with his brother Paul Harman Elliott. Together they were much loved children's entertainers, better known as Barry Chuckle and Paul Chuckle.They are known for their work on their BBC show ChuckleVision, which celebrated its 21st series in 2010 with a stage tour titled An Audience with the Chuckle Brothers. The comedy of the Chuckle Brothers usually derived from slapstick and other visual gags, and their catchphrases include "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear"
Barry was born in Rotherham to Amy and James Patton Elliott, in 1944 and 1947. His father was a well-known Gang Showperformer 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 and the Hebrides, Iceland, the Far East, India, and Burma. Aside from Paul he had two older brothers called Jimmy and Brian, who are known professionally as the Patton Brothers and who have appeared in ChuckleVision, Jimmy as the nameless character known colloquially as "No Slacking", and Brian as another unnamed character known as "Getoutofit"
The Chuckle Brothers won the television talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967, followed by success on New Faces in 1974. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the two brothers appeared as a double act on TV. In April 1979, they appeared on the BBC comedy series Lennie and Jerry hosted by Lennie Bennett and Jerry Stevens. They made two appearances on the game show 3-2-1, hosted by Ted Rogers, in January 1980 and April 1982. In June 1980 they appeared on the long-running BBC programme, The Good Old Days. On Christmas Day in 1980, they took part in a televised children's show, A Merry Morning, which saw the brothers entertaining around 250 children from the Leeds area in Yeadon Town Hall. In August 1983, the Brothers appeared on The Freddie Starr Showcase alongside the comedian Freddie Starr.
They did not have further success until the launch of the BBC television show, Chuckle Hounds, in 1985. These short programmes, which were aimed at pre-school children and contained no dialogue, had the brothers dressed up in giant dog costumes. In 1987, the Brothers began their most famous show, ChuckleVision, which lasted for twenty-one series over twenty-two years. The series ended its run in December 2009. In 2008, ChuckleVision was nominated by public vote in the BAFTA Kids' Vote for best television series as part of the British Academy Children's Awards. Real-life siblings Jimmy and Brian Patton also made appearances in the show.
In May 1992, they performed at the Children's Royal Variety Performance. From 1996 to 1998 the Chuckle Brothers also presented a children's game show titled To Me, To You!, named after their signature catchphrase. The format, which incorporated a "treasure island" theme, involved two teams who participated in rounds competing for prizes on a shopping trolley (which was made to resemble a bamboo structure). By rolling a die, the teams had to draw the trolley to their end of the playing board; the "squares" on the path to both ends represented challenges. When this was achieved, new prizes were added to the trolley, which was reset to the middle of the board.
In May 2008, the brothers appeared in the BBC documentary series Comedy Map of Britain. They appeared in the TV series Celebrity Coach Trip in November 2010 and won the show, lasting the whole trip. In November 2011, they starred in a series of TV advertisements for the UK-based van insurance comparison website, Van Compare. In October 2012, they appeared on Comedy World Cup on Channel 4. On 15 March 2013, they were featured in David Walliams' sketch for Comic Relief, in which Walliams knocked on the brothers' door with important information to give to them; Paul responded with "To me?"
Barry has made appearances in the television series Still Open All Hours as dog owner Mr Marshall, having first appeared in the 2013 Christmas special.
1967/68 Babes in the Wood - Malvern
1968/69 Jack and the Beanstalk - Swansea Grand
1970/71 Red Riding Hood - City Varieties, Leeds
1971/72 Aladdin - Barnsley Civic
1972/73 Aladdin - Bradford Alhambra
1974/75 Cinderella - Bournemouth Pavilion
1975/76 Aladdin - Norwich
1976/77 Goldilocks & the 3 Bears - Wolverhampton Grand
1977/78 Aladdin - Bournemouth Pavilion
1978/79 Dick Whittington - Coventry
1979/80 Cinderella - Davenport Theatre, Southport
1980/81 Puss in Boots - Kirkcaldy
1981/82 Dick Whittington - Swansea Grand
1983/84 Robin Hood - Kirkcaldy
1984/85 Robin Hood - New Theatre, Cardiff
1985/86 Aladdin - Halifax
1986/87 Jack and the Beanstalk - Darlington Civic
1987/88 Robin Hood - Darlington Civic
Feb 1988 - The above production moved to The Grand Theatre Leeds for one week with the same cast
1988/89 Dick Whittington - St Albans
1989/90 Cinderella - Darlington Civic
1990/91 Cinderella - The Hawth, Crawley
1991/92 Dixk Whittington - Reading Hexagon
1992/93 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Newcastle
1993/94 Snow White - Wolverhampton Grand
1994/95 Cinderella - Cambridge Corn Exchange
1995/96 Jack and the Beanstalk - Swansea Grand
1996/97 Mother Goose - Birmingham Hippodrome
1997/98 Dick Whittington - Sheffield Lyceum
1998/99 Dick Whittington - Darlington Civic
1999/00 Dick Whittington - Bradford Alhambra
2000/01 Jack & the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal Nottingham
2001/02 Aladdin - Darlington Civic
2002/03 Aladdin - Regent Theatre Stoke
2003/04 Cinderella - Cliffs Pavilion Southend
2004/05 Dick Whittington - Manchester Opera House
2005/06 Jack and the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
2006/07 Cinderella - New Theatre, Hull
2007/08 Aladdin - touring
2008/09 Aladdin - Cliffs Pavilion Southend
2009/10 A Christmas Chuckle - touring
2010/11 The Twelve Days of Christmas - touring
2011/12 Cinderella - New Theatre Hull
2012/13 Sleeping Beauty - New Theatre Hull
2013/14 Aladdin - Darlington Civic
2014/15 The Chuckles of Oz - Darlington Civic
2015/16 Peter Pan - Wolverhampton Grand
2016/17 Jack & the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal Nottingham
2017/18 Snow White - Southampton Mayflower
Sadly Barry passed away before appearing in what would have been his next panto...
2018/19 Cinderella - New Theatre Hull