ChuckleVision is a British children's sitcom created by Martin Hughes
Chuckle Brothers for the BBC. It starred Barry and Paul
Elliott as the
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.
5 Commercial release
5.1 TV series
5.3 Stage productions
7 External links
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 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
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
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
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
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
There are often references made to Rotherham United F.C., whom the
brothers support in real life. 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
The main writer throughout the series' run was John Sayle, who wrote
the majority of episodes in each series. Episodes have also been
Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies and The
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
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.
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
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!"
The Complete Series 1
24 October 2011/ 25 July 2016
Includes Christmas Special
The Complete Series 2
29 October 2012/ 29 August 2016
The Complete Series 3
17 April 2017
VHS was released in February 1995 entitled "Goofy Golfers" which
featured three episodes from the fourth series, however it is now out
of production. 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
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.
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 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 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.
^ "The Chuckle Brothers". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 12 October
ChuckleVision – Goofy Golfers, retrieved 2015-10-09
ChuckleVision on IMDb
Messy Xmas (2002)
Christmas Chuckle (2002)
The Mystery Of Little-Under-Standing (2008)