There were two more Chuckle Brothers in Chucklevision that many people don’t know about
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Those of us born in the 1990s and 2000s will fondly remember the BBC children’s TV series Chucklevision, which aired on our screens for 22 years between 1987 and 2009.
The show is most famous for the shenanigans of Paul and Barry Chuckle, following their hapless exploits which caused mayhem and mischief wherever they went.
It was the show that brought the iconic expression ‘to me, to you’ into everyday life, while Barry would often utter the words ‘oh dear’ every time something went wrong.
While Paul and Barry were the stars most associated with the show, there were actually two other Chuckle brothers who had parts in the series.
A Reddit thread had emerged about the much-loved children’s comedy, where the poster referenced the famous catchphrase: "Did you know there's a third Chuckle brother? To his friends he's called Timothy, but Timmy to you."
However, this led one user to comment that there wasn't just a third real-life Chuckle Brother but a fourth.
They wrote: “There was actually four of them. ‘The Patton Brothers, comprising Jimmy Elliott (20 August 1931 – 26 July 2019) and Brian Elliott (13 December 1933), were an English comedy double act and the two older brothers of Barry and Paul Elliott, the Chuckle Brothers. They began their career as a double act in the 1950s’."
Jimmy and Brian Elliot were actually regulars on the show, alongside their two younger brothers.
Jimmy was known for being a tough taskmaster on Chucklevision and for his catchphrase ‘No Slacking’, which he would often shout at other characters in the show.
Brian Elliott, now aged 88, played the character GetOutOfIt, named after his catchphrase "Get out of it!"
It was a revelation which caused amazement to some, as one person said: “Only recently found out there were 3. Mind blown there were 4.”
However, most cottoned on to the initial joke, with another user commenting: "To me to you. Timmy to you. bravo. Nicely played."
Sadly, Jimmy and Barry are no longer with us after the former passed away at the age of 87 in July 2019, a year after Barry, who died of cancer in August 2018.
However, there is still a lot of love out there for the show, following reports that it could return to our small screens as an animated series.
Thank you everyone for remembering Barry today on what would have been his 76th birthday 👊 pic.twitter.com/GtYoXqeUgW— Paul Chuckle 😷 (@PaulChuckle2) December 24, 2020
Paul Chuckle would play himself, while another actor would be replacing his late brother Barry.
Reports emerged in April showed that the plan was to make 26 animated episodes and Kidation's director, Kevin Neale, has said that they are 'in talks with the BBC' to get it made.
However, it still remains to be seen if and when this new show will come to light.