Barry Chuckle, one half Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73 – Trending Stuff

The Chuckle Brothers in costume for a pantomime in Wolverhampton in 1993. Photograph: David Bagnall/REX/Shutterstock

The younger brothers got their first break by winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967, and by the 1970sthey were regulars on the talent show New Faces. The 1980s spawned both The ChuckleHounds and the hit BBC show ChuckleVision, which ran for 22 years. They also presented the 1990s gameshow To Me … To You …

The brothers were also regulars on the pantomine circuit and by 2015 had performed in them for 48 consecutive years. They were awarded a Bafta special award for their contribution to childrens television in 2008.

Its like a pat on the back from the business that weve been working in all these years. Its a really nice, warm feeling, they said of the award.

They also collaborated with Tinchy Stryder in 2014 on the track To Me, To You (Bruv), which referenced their famous catchphrase. On Sunday the rapper tweeted: Funny, Down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend. Rest in peace Barry Chuckle!

The music video went viral and their manager said at the time: It was just a bit of fun to see what could happen because they really got on with each other.

Then they came back and filmed the video. You couldnt put it together if you tried, but it was just the very fact that they were having fun with Tinchy, and he was having fun with them and they got on like a house on fire. They still contact each other all the time.

The brothers made a comeback to television this year almost 10 years after ChuckleVision came off air. Their Channel 5 series, which premiered on 16 June and was to consist of 12 hour-long episodes, had them performing sketches and introducing humorous online videos from members of the public.

Dale said: 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.

A family statement said: There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Barrys family is respected at this most difficult time. It said he had left 50 years of laughter as his legacy, which is something very special.

The brothers meet Prince Charles in 2016. Photograph: Matt Frost/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

The Labour MP Angela Rayner said: So sorry to hear of the death of Barry Chuckle aged 73 this morning. A great entertainer who has been making people laugh for so long. Our family loved his act with his brother, RIP Barry.

The former England rugby union international Brian Moore wrote: To me; to me. Doesnt really work does it. RIP Barry Chuckle.

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