The entertainment world mourned over the weekend when one half of comic duo the Chuckle Brothers said his final “to you” and died aged 73.
Barry Chuckle (above, left), real name Barry Elliott, passed away “peacefully” surrounded surrounded by friends and family, including his wife Ann.
Manager Phil Dale confirmed the news in a statement, which said: "It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.
"The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel."
Heartbroken Paul, 70 (above, right), said he’d lost a brother, a theatrical partner, and his “very best friend”.
Entertaining ran in their blood—the pair's older siblings are the Patton Brothers, Jimmy and Brian Elliot.
Barry and Paul, who were born in Rotherham, were best known for their BBC show ChuckleVision, as well as catchphrases including “to me, to you” and “oh dear oh dear oh dear”.
But they also made number of cameo appearances over the 50 years they were in show business (remember THAT Tinchy Stryder video?).
Here are some of their best moments.
We may as well start with their most successful long-standing series ChuckleVision.
Most children of the 80s, 90s and 00s will have grown up watching the Chuckle Brothers thanks to their hit CBBC series, which ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.
Their use of slapstick comedy and perfect comic timing brought plenty of laughs across the UK and beyond for more than two decades.
The brothers made a cameo appearance as magicians, the Great Crostini and Co, in ITV comedy Benidorm.
Paul can be seen doing some impressive magic tricks, while Barry is the ‘glamorous assistant’ dressed in drag.
Their flawless set is brought to an end when they bring an audience member in stage—and his head is too big for the wooden box and it gets stuck, while alcoholic clown Bean (David O’Reilly) invades the stage and sings.
The brothers even manage to work in “to me, to you” into their hilarious routine.
Tinchy Stryder collaboration
Perhaps the most random collaboration ever—but it was all for a good cause.
The brothers met R&B star Tinchy while filming for Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice and hit it off, and later made a song featuring their famous catchphrases.
All profits from their collaboration song 'To Me, To You (Bruv)’ was donated to the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT).
It reached number 92 in the UK Singles Chart in October 2014.
Tinchy paid tribute to Barry following the announcement of his death, tweeting: “Funny, down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend. Rest in peace Barry Chuckle! #ToMeToYouBruv”
Fans have launched a campaign to get the record to number one following Barry’s death.
Still Open All Hours
A rare solo appearance from Barry, who popped up several times in the BBC comedy series with David Jason.
He played dog owner Mr Marshall, who has problems training his pooch.
This is the brothers’ final series together and begun airing in June 2018 on Channel 5.
The show features You’ve Been Framed-style clips from the internet, billed as "fails, flops, and funnies”, which the Chuckle Brothers watch and react to.
The hour-long show, scheduled for 12 episodes, also features classic sketches from the pair.
The series is currently still running on Channel 5.