The Chuckle Brothers, Barry (born 24 December 1944) and Paul (born 18 October 1947), from Rotherham, are real-life brothers and are the youngest in a showbiz family of eight. They were literally ‘born in a suitcase’ and started entertaining from a very early age, putting on shows for friends and neighbours in the back garden of their home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where they grew up. They have worked in practically every field of entertainment from pantomime, summer season, clubs, cabaret, television, touring revues, circus and even an ice-show. They had made many ‘one-off’ appearances, and even won NEW FACES, on the original series back in 1974. But it was in 1985 that they finally got their big break with the BBC, recording thirteen episodes with those two loveable canine characters THE CHUCKLEHOUNDS for Children’s TV. This series is still shown throughout the world and is enjoyed by millions.
Then in 1987, CHUCKLEVISION came to our screens – and to prove how popular this series has been, the fifteenth series has just been re-commissioned! Although it is transmitted during children’s viewing hours, the boys aim the humour and story-lines at everyone – from two to ninety two year olds, and the fan letters prove this has been successful as they come from tots, teenagers, mums, dads and grannies. It regularly pulls in over three million viewers, and is screened thirty weeks a year. In 1996 the Chuckle Brothers hit ‘on the road’. Their Sprint tour “Live & In Trouble’’ attracted capacity audiences at 5 theatres and their ‘’Summer Roadshow’’ hit Scarborough, Torquay and Weymouth. In May 1996 the boys recorded a brand new game show entitled ‘’TO ME TO YOU!’’ for BBC1 -echoing their famous catch-phrase. The Chuckle Brothers then starred in Britain’s biggest Pantomime ‘’Mother Goose’’ at the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham for the 1996/97 Christmas Season. In March of ‘97 the Chuckles recorded another series of ‘’TO ME TO YOU’’, followed by another sell out nationwide tour which ran into their Summer Season tour of Blackpool, Llandudno, Scarborough and Skegness. Following that – September, October and November saw the boys record their 1998 series of CHUCKLEVISION, which was nominated by Children’s BAFTA for best Children’s television series.
The boys appeared in Pantomime at Sheffield for the 1997/98 Christmas Season. They loved every minute of their appearance in ‘’Dick Whittington’’ for two reasons, one they are Yorkshire men and two, the were able to go home and spend the Season with their families instead of being in hotel rooms! Paul and Barry completed a Spring tour entitled ‘’The Adventures of The Chuckle Brothers’’ which lead them straight into their Summer Season at Blackpool, Skegness, Scarborough and Great Yarmouth. In between these sell out theatre dates, they recorded a Christmas celebrity special of ‘’TO ME TO YOU’’ for the BBC.
Paul and Barry then recorded their eleventh series of CHUCKLEVISION. The 1998/1999 Pantomime season saw them star in ‘Dick Whittington’, at the Civic Theatre, Darlington. They also recorded another series of “TO ME TO YOU” and appeared at the BBC’s BIG BASH at the NEC Birmingham. The boys headed for the road again in 1999 with their brand new show – “THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS – IN TROUBLE AT SEA”. The tour was a resounding success – selling out at many venues around the country. The Chuckle Brothers then filmed the twelfth series of ‘CHUCKLEVISION’ for the BBC, which is currently showing on our television screens, before embarking on their 1999/2000 pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ at the Bradford Alhambra. Paul and Barry then toured the Country with their new tour “THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE CHUCKLEBROTHERS”.
The boys then went straight into Summer Season, which saw them appearing in Minehead, Torquay, Skegness, and Scarborough. They rounded off the year 2000 with a visit to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham where they performed in Pantomime. 2001 they embarked on a major UK tour “Spooky Goings On”, Summer Season and Pantomime at The Civic Theatre, Darlington. Pantomime season 2001/02 saw the boys starring as “Wishee and Washee” at The Civic Theatre, Darlington. 2002 they toured with their brand new show “RAIDERS OF THE LOST BARK” and as usual broke box office records. They finished they’re year with more Chuckle Vision and once again playing Wishee and Washee” in Aladdin at the Regent Theatre Stoke. In 2003 they were off on tour again with a production of “STAR DOORS”, The Chuckles Strike Back – An intergalactic fight between good and evil. Oh! and a misunderstanding! Southend were thrilled to have the boys appear at The Cliffs Pavilion in Cinderella where they played Buttons and Zip in CINDERELLA in the 2003/04 pantomime season.
The 2004 tour, “BARRY POTTY AND HIS SMARTER BROTHER PAUL IN THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS”, was a massive sell out and the boys went on to take the show out on their summer season in Skegness, Great Yarmouth and Scarborough. The boys had a huge hit again with this years pantomime at The Manchester Opera House playing Captain and Mate in Dick Whittington and are about to embark their 2005 tour – “Pirates Of The River Rother”. The 2005 tour, “Pirates of the River Rother ”,was a massive sell out and the boys went on to take the show out on their summer season in Skegness, Great Yarmouth and Scarborough and a new edition for this year Blackpool. The boys where a huge hit again with last years pantomime at The Theatre Royal, Plymouth playing in Jack and the Beanstalk. The 2006 tour was a guaranteed sell out which will take the boys on a “around the country” 2006/2007 Pantomime saw the boys a little closer to home in Hull, Playing Buttons and Zip in CINDERELLA at the Hull New Theatre.
The Boys then where back on the road once again with there new Tour Spooky Goings on 2. On the 21 May 2007 the Boys released there first ever DVD. Their adventure aboard a pirate ship in ‘The Pirates Of The River Rother’ is no exception! Before long they are causing havoc and hilarity whilst tackling pirates and looking for lost treasures, riding the waves on the high seas. On the 26 of September 2007 Paul and Barry Celebrated 20 Years in Showbiz. “It doesn’t seem like 20 years. It feels like two or three,” says Barry, “After 20 years we are still coming up with new ideas, which is amazing.”