The Info List - ChuckleVision

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is a British children's sitcom created by Martin Hughes and the Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
for the BBC. It starred Barry and Paul Elliott as the Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
and occasionally their older brothers, Jimmy and Brian Elliott (known professionally as the Patton Brothers). It ran for 292 episodes over twenty-one series from 1987 to 2009.


1 Plot 2 Characters 3 Production 4 Catchphrases 5 Commercial release

5.1 TV series 5.2 Music 5.3 Stage productions

6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Episodes of ChuckleVision
are usually independent, with the basic plot for each involving the brothers undertaking a job, task or adventure. They are often employed by a character known as "No Slacking", who despite appearing as a different character in every episode, is always known by this name owing to the catchphrase he says to the brothers ("And remember, No Slacking!"). The character is always inconvenienced by Paul and Barry and is played by the brothers' real-life elder sibling, Jimmy Patton. Jimmy was part of a comedy act with his brother Brian, who also appeared in various episodes, mostly playing a villain with the catchphrase "Getoutofit!". A large amount of the comedy is based on slapstick and usually the jobs Paul and Barry carry out can be somewhat surreal or put them in surreal circumstances. The duo have also carried out work for a "Dan the Van" who has never been seen on screen. The only exception was in one episode where the Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
take it upon themselves to make sure he arrives to a special meeting. Dan's face cannot be seen as he is completely covered in bandages and is wearing dark sunglasses. Relatives of Dan the Van are sometimes seen or referred to, such as his grandmother Lettuce the Van. The format of the first two series (1987–1989) consisted of each episode focusing on a certain topic, a sort of humorous Blue Peter. These episodes had rarely been viewed by the public eye since their original transmission, until the series was released onto DVD in Autumn 2011. The brothers' main mode of transport is "The Chuckmobile", a quadracycle with a red-and-white striped roof. Barry is usually designated to driving, whilst Paul puts his feet up on the front bar. Paul has only pedalled the bike very occasionally throughout the entire series. The registration plate of the bike is CHUCKLE 1. An exception to the usual format of stand-alone episodes came with Series 14, broadcast in 2001. The series employed a continuous story line throughout each episode, involving the brothers’ hunt for a missing ruby. They continued a similar trend in the next two series, with two 3-part stories in Series 15, entitled "The Purple Pimple" and "Magnetic Distraction". A two part story called "Incredible Shrinking Barry" appears in Series 16. From Series 17, this trend was not repeated. Characters[edit]

Character Actor Episodes Years

Paul Chuckle Paul Elliott 292 episodes 1987–2009

Barry Chuckle Barry Elliott 292 episodes 1987–2009

No Slacking Jimmy Patton 47 episodes 1990–2009

Getoutofit Brian Patton 21 episodes 1995–2008

Paul is the dominant sibling of the two and often due to his blind confidence the two end up in bother. When Paul realises he has made a mistake, he often blames Barry and tends to make Barry do the work whilst taking the credit for himself. Neither brother is particularly bright. Paul and Barry both possess northern England accents and have a number of catchphrases, some of which involve one brother replying to the other brother's line. Thus "To me" receives the reply "To you", and "Silly you" is met with "'Course it is, silly me". The line "Oh dear" is regularly followed by "Oh dear, oh dear", and sometimes by "Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear" when something goes wrong. This could possibly have been inspired by the BBC
comedy Hi-de-Hi!, in which the character Spike used to say "oh dear, oh dear, oh dear" when something bad had happened. There are often references made to Rotherham United F.C., whom the brothers support in real life.[1] In "Football Heroes", Paul and Barry play for Rotherham after a mix-up with two former players of the club, Paul scores an own-goal and thinking it was a genuine goal, celebrates with Barry. Production[edit] The main writer throughout the series' run was John Sayle, who wrote the majority of episodes in each series. Episodes have also been written by Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies
and The Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
themselves. From Series 14 onwards, the run time of each episode was reduced from twenty minutes to fifteen. Series 12 and 13 were also re-edited to match the new run times. From Series 14 onwards, outtakes were shown during the credits of each episode. For Series 4, a new theme tune was produced in stereophonic sound. This remained from then on, but was shortened from Series 17. From Series 13 onwards, all episodes were shot in widescreen. The series ended its twenty-two year run at the end of 2009, due to dropped ratings and less interest by the BBC
with the final series airing over Christmas that year. Repeats occurred regularly until the end of 2011. The 2008 Christmas Special
became the last episode to be broadcast on television and was shown over Christmas 2013. Catchphrases[edit]

Barry/Paul: "To me." "To you." Barry/Paul: "'Course it is, silly me." "Silly you." Barry and Paul: "Hellooooo" Barry/Paul: "Oh dear" "Oh dear, oh dear" (sometimes followed by "Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear") Paul/Barry: "Adadadadada!" (usually said to Barry, Paul and someone else to stop him, them from doing something) Barry/Paul: "You're not!" "I am!" "You're not!" "I am!" "Are You?" Paul: "Stupid thing!" (when something he is using breaks or doesn't work) Barry/Paul: "It's very nice" "It is very nice" (this catchphrase varies when Paul asks Barry the question "What do you think", just after he's made or mended something) Paul: "Now look what you've done!" (to Barry, although it is usually Paul's fault and Barry usually responds with "Me?") Paul/Barry: "It isn't!" "It is!" "It isn't!" "It is!" "Is it?" Barry: "It's another one of those days" (to Paul when he has an accident like landing into a tree)

Done by Jimmy and Brian when they star in the shows:

No Slacking: "And remember... no slacking!" Get out of it: "Hey, stop doing that!"

Commercial release[edit] TV series[edit]

DVD Title Discs Year Ep. No, DVD releases Notes

Region 2

The Complete Series 1 4 1987–1988 13 24 October 2011/ 25 July 2016 Includes Christmas Special

The Complete Series 2 4 1988–1989 13 29 October 2012/ 29 August 2016

The Complete Series 3 1 1989–1990 13 17 April 2017

was released in February 1995 entitled "Goofy Golfers" which featured three episodes from the fourth series, however it is now out of production.[2] In 2011 and 2012, Delta Music released two DVD box sets of the first two series. These were re-released in 2016 alongside series 3, which was released for the first time onto DVD by Simply Media. Music[edit] In 2014, composer Dave Cooke released 'Volume 1' of ChuckleVision soundtracks and music cues as a digital download. Three more volumes, 2, 3 and 4, have since been released. Stage productions[edit] There have been four DVD releases of the brothers on stage: Pirates of the River Rother, Spooky Goings On, Indiana Chuckles and the Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk and The Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
In Trouble. All these feature live performances of the brothers, one filmed at Blackpool, one at Scarborough, one at Darlington, and the other at York. The Chuckle Brothers
Chuckle Brothers
In Trouble DVD filmed at York
was a "rehearsal" performance. There is also a box set of Pirates of the River Rother and Spooky Goings On, released in 2008. References[edit]

^ "The Chuckle Brothers". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 12 October 2012.  ^ ChuckleVision
– Goofy Golfers, retrieved 2015-10-09 

External links[edit]

on IMDb ChuckleVision
at BBC

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Messy Xmas (2002) Christmas Chuckle (2002) The Mystery Of Little-Under-Standing (2008)

See also

Chuckle Brothers Patton Brothers