The much-beloved actor Barry Chuckle, real name Barry Elliott and one-half of the Chuckle Brothers, has sadly passed away. The show ChuckleVision, which aired from 1989 to 2009, was an integral part of childhood television for many people. But what is the legacy of the show, and how will Barry Chuckle be remembered?
ChuckleVision was iconic in the world of children’s television. The opening sequence with its school ground chant “chuckle vision, chuckle-chuckle vision” will long be etched into entire generations of people’s psyche. The opening credits set the tone of the entire show, it was simple and charming and appealed to children of varying ages. In a word, the memorability of ChuckleVision is part of its unique charm. You could possibly ask anyone of a certain age in Britain about the Chuckles Brothers and they would remember small quirks from the show with a fond smile.
The reason the show worked so well is that it utilised comedy somewhat akin to the very beginnings of the genre, taking influence from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges
The brothers were charming in their simplicity, seemingly never able to complete a task without a hilarious hiccup. The reason the show worked so well is that it utilised comedy somewhat akin to the very beginnings of the genre, taking influence from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and The Three Stooges. The physical slapstick comedy and emphasis on facial expressions is traditional and basic, and possibly the reason that ChuckleVision had such a huge impact on children’s TV.
Of course, nobody could discuss the lasting impact of ChuckleVision without noting the infamous catchphrase “to me, to you.” This mantra has become part of a shared vocabulary for a generation who watched the show as children. In fact, the statement itself continues to remain relevant in our ever-changing technological world by becoming a meme, and thus the impact of the show continues to make younger generations laugh.
Remember the first time you saw the Chuckle Brothers ride their ‘Chuckmobile’?
The news of such a prominent figure from childhood sadly passing evokes a deep sense of nostalgia, we are all growing up, and our childhoods seem further away. However, this need not be a melancholy thing. Upon reflection, in a way, we can reconnect with our younger selves. Remember the first time you saw the Chuckle Brothers ride their ‘Chuckmobile’? How you laughed at the ridiculous nature of two men riding a unicycle to their next destination, where paint would be spilt, and the brothers would fall over, but ultimately there were no lasting repercussions, and everyone had a good laugh despite the disasters.
The legacy of laughter presented by ChuckleVision will long outlive the time that it aired on television. An entire generation will look back fondly at the influence Barry and Paul had on our enjoyment of early television. Rest in peace, Barry Chuckle, you will be sadly missed.