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ChuckleVision is a British children's comedy television series created and written by John Sayle and its stars Barry and Paul Elliot for the BBC. It ran for 292 episodes over twenty-one series, running from 1987 to 2009.
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PlotEdit

Episodes of ChuckleVision are usually independent. The basic plot to each show is the brothers undertaking a job, task or adventure. They are often employed by a character known as "No Slacking", who is a different character in every episode he appears in; however, he is always known by this name owing to the catchphrase he always says to get the bumbling brothers to work properly ("And remember, No Slacking!"). No Slacking usually appears several times in each series, although in recent years this number has been reduced to once or twice a series. In each episode his life is either ruined or otherwise inconvenienced by Paul and Barry. He is always played by one of their real life brothers, Jimmy Patton, who was also a comedy act called The Patton Brothers 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.

On occasion, the jobs they carry out can be somewhat surreal or put them in surreal circumstances, this was very much enforced in the recent years of ChuckleVision. Once, they babysat for a boy who got out of his bed, leaving a football on his pillow, leading them to believe that his head had come off. Another episode involves Barry being able to see an invisible leprechaun which Paul cannot see.

The duo also often carry out jobs and tasks given to them by "Dan the Van", who is never seen, except in one episode where the Chuckle brothers take it upon themselves to make sure he arrives to a special meeting, However, Dan the Van's face cannot be seen, as he is covered in bandages all over, and wearing dark sunglasses. In other episodes we hear of, or sometimes see, relatives of Dan the Van, for example Grandmother Lettuce the Van appears in Chuckle and the Pea and his niece can be seen in "Dim Waiters".

Character Actor Episodes Years
Paul Chuckle Paul Elliott 292 episodes 1987–2009
Barry Chuckle Barry Elliott 292 episodes 1987–2009
No Slacking Jimmy Patton 47 episodes 1990–2009
Get Out Of It Brian Patton 21 episodes 1995–2008

Paul is the dominant of the two; it's often due to his blind confidence that the two end up in bother. When he realises he has made a mistake, he often blames Barry and also tends to make Barry do the hard work and takes the credit for himself. Neither brother is particularly bright, however Paul appears at times to possess more common sense than Barry, and Barry seems to have more overall intelligence and is moreAWARE of the fact their work is not appreciated by other people. Normally when a third party character is on screen the two brothers display an equal lack of intelligence. However, by the end, poetic justice is usually done and if either brother is to come out on top at the end of the episode, it will invariably be Barry. However, this war between the brothers only happens in about half the episodes. The classic episodes of the show often ended with the brothers running away from some angered third party they had been trying to help.

Paul and Barry both have iconic northern 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 was inspired by the BBC comedyHi-de-Hi!, in which the character Spike used to say "oh dear, oh dear, oh dear" when something bad had happened.[citation needed]

There are often references made to Rotherham United F.C., whom the brothers support in real life.[3] In "Football Heroes", Paul and Barry play for Rotherham and Paul scores an own-goal and thinking it was a genuine goal, celebrates with Barry.

Series 1 (1987) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
1 – 1.1 26 September 1987 NMRC749B "Breakfast"
2 – 1.2 3 October 1987 NMRC752J "Dance"
3 – 1.3 10 October 1987 NMRC750W "Sport"
4 – 1.4 17 October 1987 NMRC753D "Movies"
5 – 1.5 24 October 1987 NMRC751P "Fitness"
6 – 1.6 31 October 1987 NMRC755R "Halloween Special"
7 – 1.7 7 November 1987 NMRC754X "Antiques"
8 – 1.8 14 November 1987 NMRC756K "Travel"
9 – 1.9 21 November 1987 NMRC757E "Fashion"
10 – 1.10 28 November 1987 NMRC758Y "Magic"
11 – 1.11 5 December 1987 NMRC759S "D.I.Y"
12 – 1.12 12 December 1987 NMRC760L "Open Ear"
13 – 1.13 19 December 1987 NMRC767W "Traditional Christmas"

This series is available on DVD. The first six episodes are available on YouTube and there are also short clips.

Series 2 (1988–1989) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
14 – 2.1 19 November 1988 NMRC847P "Clean Up"
15 – 2.2 26 November 1988 NMRC848J "Australia"
16 – 2.3 3 December 1988 NMRC849D "Nature Watch"
17 – 2.4 10 December 1988 NMRC850X "Music"
18 – 2.5 17 December 1988 NMRC851R "Hobbies"
19 – 2.6 24 December 1988 NMRC852K "Christmas Special"
20 – 2.7 7 January 1989 NMRC853E "Farming"
21 – 2.8 14 January 1989 NMRC854Y "U.F.O"
22 – 2.9 21 January 1989 NMRC855S "Invention"
23 – 2.10 28 January 1989 NMRC856L "Hi-Tech"
24 – 2.11 4 February 1989 NMRC857F "Puppets"
25 – 2.12 11 February 1989 NMRC859T "Fishing"
26 – 2.13 18 February 1989 NMRC859T "Circus"

This series is available on DVD. The first six episodes are available on YouTube.

Series 3 (1989–1990) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
27 – 3.1 2 December 1989 NMRC990N "Stand and Deliver"
28 – 3.2 9 December 1989 NMRC991H "Parks and Wreck-Reations"
29 – 3.3 16 December 1989 NMRC993W "Stop That World...!"
30 – 3.4 23 December 1989 NMRC994P "Home Helpless"
31 – 3.5 30 December 1989 NMRC992B "Shipshape Less"
32 – 3.6 6 January 1990 NMRC996D "Window Wind-Ups"
33 – 3.7 13 January 1990 NMRC400K "Trouble In Store"
34 – 3.8 20 January 1990 NMRC997X "Poster Pranks"
35 – 3.9 27 January 1990 NMRC995J "On the Move"
36 – 3.10 3 February 1990 NMRC998R "Car Carnage"
37 – 3.11 10 February 1990 NMRC999K "Hotel Hostilities"
38 – 3.12 17 February 1990 NMRC401E "Cabbies and Chips"
39 – 3.13 24 February 1990 NMRC402Y "Cycle Crazy"
  • Episode 11 was the first appearance of "No Slacking" played by Paul and Barry's real life brother Jimmy Patton.

Series 4 (1991) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
40 – 4.1 21 September 1991 LCKL003N "Plumb Crazy"
41 – 4.2 28 September 1991 LCKL005B "Cafe Chuckles"
42 – 4.3 5 October 1991 LCKL002T "The Perils of Porters"
43 – 4.4 12 October 1991 LCKL012K "Telephone Traumas"
44 – 4.5 19 October 1991 LCKL009D "Goofy Golfers"
45 – 4.6 26 October 1991 LCKL010X "Market Forces"
46 – 4.7 2 November 1991 LCKL001A "The Great Outdoors"
47 – 4.8 9 November 1991 LCKL004H "Bowl-Derdash"
48 – 4.9 16 November 1991 LCKL008J "Careless Caretakers"
49 – 4.10 23 November 1991 LCKL014Y "Carpet Capers"
50 – 4.11 30 November 1991 LCKL013E "Shore Thing"
51 – 4.12 7 December 1991 LCKL015S "In the Doghouse"
52 – 4.13 14 December 1991 LCKL006W "On the Trail"
53 – 4.14 21 December 1991 LCKL007P "Oddball Inventors"
54 – 4.15 28 December 1991 LCKL011R "Movie Moguls"

Series 5 (1992–1993) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
55 – 5.1 26 September 1992 LCKR571X "Caravan Capers"
56 – 5.2 3 October 1992 LCKR576S "Crimebusters"
57 – 5.3 10 October 1992 LCKR583B "Up in the Air"
58 – 5.4 17 October 1992 LCKR577L "Ducks and Grouses"
59 – 5.5 24 October 1992 LCKR582H "A Lazy Day"
60 – 5.6 31 October 1992 LCKR575Y "Rock a Bye Baby"
61 – 5.7 7 November 1992 LCKR579A "In the Ring"
62 – 5.8 14 November 1992 LCKR572R "Romany Days"
63 – 5.9 21 November 1992 LCKR578F "On the Radio"
64 – 5.10 28 November 1992 LCKR580T "Rich for a Day"
65 – 5.11 5 December 1992 LCKR573K "Runners and Riders"
66 – 5.12 12 December 1992 LCKR574E "Wrong Number"
67 – 5.13 19 December 1992 LCKR585P "The Art Dealers"
68 – 5.14 26 December 1992 LCKR581N "Spooks and Gardens"
69 – 5.15 2 January 1993 LCKR584W "Minibus Madness"

Series 6 (1994) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
70 – 6.1 8 January 1994 LCKT494H "Under Lock and Key"
71 – 6.2 15 January 1994 LCKT500L "Gala Performance"
72 – 6.3 22 January 1994 LCKT496W "Pizza the Action"
73 – 6.4 29 January 1994 LCKT499D "Mystery Tour"
74 – 6.5 5 February 1994 LCKT497P "The Bells"
75 – 6.6 12 February 1994 LCKT491A "Party Planners"
76 – 6.7 19 February 1994 LCKT490F "Men in White Coats"
77 – 6.8 26 February 1994 LCKT493N "Mind Over Marrow"
78 – 6.9 5 March 1994 LCKT503T "Headline News"
79 – 6.10 12 March 1994 LCKT492T "Time Travellers"
80 – 6.11 19 March 1994 LCKT498J "Treasures of the Deep"
81 – 6.12 26 March 1994 LCKT495B "Airport Assistance"
82 – 6.13 2 April 1994 LCKT501F "Grand Hotel"
83 – 6.14 9 April 1994 LCKT502A "Chucklemart"
84 – 6.15 16 April 1994 LCKT504N "Record Breakers"

Series 7 (1995) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
85 – 7.1 7 January 1995 LCKU572S "Spilt Milk"
86 – 7.2 14 January 1995 LCKU567X "The Hunt for Chalky White"
87 – 7.3 21 January 1995 LCKU569K "Not In Our Back Yard"
88 – 7.4 28 January 1995 LCKU571Y "Another Fine Ness" (or "Loch Ness")
89 – 7.5 4 February 1995 LCKU563W "Power Play"
90 – 7.6 11 February 1995 LCKU561H "Health Farm"
91 – 7.7 18 February 1995 LCKU570E "A Clean Sweep"
92 – 7.8 25 February 1995 LCKU564P "The Missing Piece"
93 – 7.9 4 March 1995 LCKU562B "The Barge"
94 – 7.10 11 March 1995 LCKU568R "Pick Your Own"
95 – 7.11 18 March 1995 LCKU575A "Final Frontier"
96 – 7.12 25 March 1995 LCKU573L "My Lucky Number’s Nine"
97 – 7.13 1 April 1995 LCKU566D "Clueless Chuckles"
98 – 7.14 8 April 1995 LCKU565J "What’s Cooking?"
99 – 7.15 15 April 1995 LCKU574F "Monkery Business"
  • Episode 2 was the first appearance of "Getoutofit" played by Paul and Barry's real life brother Brian Patton.

Series 8 (1995–1996) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
100 – 8.1 20 December 1995 LCKW565S "The Exterminators"
101 – 8.2 2 January 1996 LCKW570N "Monkey Business"
102 – 8.3 9 January 1996 LCKW562K "Marquee Madness"
103 – 8.4 16 January 1996 LCKW572B "Out of Sight"
104 – 8.5 23 January 1996 LCKW567F "Football Heroes"
105 – 8.6 30 January 1996 LCKW568A "Chucklestein"
106 – 8.7 6 February 1996 LCKW563E "Oh Brother"
107 – 8.8 13 February 1996 LCKW564Y "Lottery Lunacy"
108 – 8.9 20 February 1996 LCKW574P "Lock In"
109 – 8.10 27 February 1996 LCKW571H "Charm School"
110 – 8.11 5 March 1996 LCKW561R "Traction Attraction"
111 – 8.12 12 March 1996 LCKW566L "Finders Keepers"
112 – 8.13 19 March 1996 LCKW575J "Costa Lotta"
113 – 8.14 26 March 1996 LCKW569T "Dear Diary"
114 – 8.15 29 March 1996 LCKW573W "Steeple Chucks"

Series 9 (1996–1997) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
115 – 9.1 4 December 1996 LCKX527W "Bats in the Belfry"
116 – 9.2 11 December 1996 LCKX530D "High Jinx"
117 – 9.3 18 December 1996 LCKX521F "Chuckles In Charge"
118 – 9.4 8 January 1997 LCKX525H "Digging for Dinosaurs"
119 – 9.5 15 January 1997 LCKX523T "Wheels of Misfortune"
120 – 9.6 22 January 1997 LCKX526B "Paint Drips"
121 – 9.7 29 January 1997 LCKX533K "The Big Day"
122 – 9.8 5 February 1997 LCKX528P "Loch Aye"
123 – 9.9 12 February 1997 LCKX534E "Lord Chuckle"
124 – 9.10 19 February 1997 LCKX529J "Oh Dear What Can the Mattress Be?"
125 – 9.11 26 February 1997 LCKX524N "Shipwrecked"
126 – 9.12 5 March 1997 LCKX535Y "Put Up Job"
127 – 9.13 12 March 1997 LCKX532R "Tailor’s Dummies"
128 – 9.14 19 March 1997 LCKX531X "Clowning Around"
129 – 9.15 26 March 1997 LCKX522A "Kidnapped"

Series 10 (1997–1998) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
130 – 10.1 17 December 1997 LCNA530F "The Perils of Petrovich"
131 – 10.2 7 January 1998 LCNA528S "Gold Rush"
132 – 10.3 14 January 1998 LCNA525K "New Pages"
133 – 10.4 21 January 1998 LCNA524R "Outward Bounders"
134 – 10.5 28 January 1998 LCNA527Y "The Shout"
135 – 10.6 4 February 1998 LCNA526E "Flat Broke"
136 – 10.7 11 February 1998 LCNA531A "Safari Park Keepers"
137 – 10.8 18 February 1998 LCNA533N "Stop That Stamp"
138 – 10.9 25 February 1998 LCNA532T "A Night at the Theatre"
139 – 10.10 4 March 1998 LCNA534H "Auto-Manics"
140 – 10.11 11 March 1998 LCNA523X "Indiana Chuckles"
141 – 10.12 18 March 1998 LCNA529L "Sleepwalker"
142 – 10.13 25 March 1998 LCNA521J "Bigfoot"
143 – 10.14 1 April 1998 LCNA522D "Waiting for Dan"
144 – 10.15 2 April 1998 LCNA535B "The Gathering"

Series 11 (1998–1999) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
145 – 11.1 22 December 1998 LCNC193N "Breakdown"
146 – 11.2 23 December 1998 LCNC192T "Garden Pests"
147 – 11.3 6 January 1999 LCNC204N "Matchstick Men"
148 – 11.4 13 January 1999 LCNC191A "One Man and His Barry"
149 – 11.5 20 January 1999 LCNC197P "Brothers In Law"
150 – 11.6 27 January 1999 LCNC194H "Brazil Nuts"
151 – 11.7 3 February 1999 LCNC199D "Chairmen Chuckles"
152 – 11.8 10 February 1999 LCNC200L "Stargazing"
153 – 11.9 17 February 1999 LCNC198J "All At Sea"
154 – 11.10 24 February 1999 LCNC201F "Getting the Bird"
155 – 11.11 3 March 1999 LCNC196W "Chuckle and Hide"
156 – 11.12 10 March 1999 LCNC205H "Mountain Excitement"
157 – 11.13 17 March 1999 LCNC203T "Optical Illusions"
158 – 11.14 24 March 1999 LCNC195B "In the Soup"
Special – 11.X 26 March 1999
"Comic Relief Special"
159 – 11.15 31 March 1999 LCNC202A "King of the Castle"

Series 12 (1999–2000) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
160 – 12.1 21 December 1999 LCND476X "No Pets Allowed"
161 – 12.2 22 December 1999 LCND489W "Lotta Bottle"
162 – 12.3 5 January 2000 LCND477R "Spaced Out"
163 – 12.4 12 January 2000 LCND481S "Well Suited"
164 – 12.5 19 January 2000 LCND478K "King of the Mill"
165 – 12.6 26 January 2000 LCND475D "The Maltby Falcon"
166 – 12.7 2 February 2000 LCND486N "Mayor Today, Gone Tomorrow"
167 – 12.8 9 February 2000 LCND482L "Where’s Auntie?"
168 – 12.9 16 February 2000 LCND480Y "Out for the Count"
169 – 12.10 23 February 2000 LCND487H "Fete Accompli"
170 – 12.11 1 March 2000 LCND484A "Double Trouble"
171 – 12.12 8 March 2000 LCND483F "Watch the Birdie"
172 – 12.13 15 March 2000 LCND485T "Food For Fort"
173 – 12.14 22 March 2000 LCND479E "The Real Dan"
174 – 12.15 29 March 2000 LCND488B "The Good, the Bad, and the Chuckles"

All these episodes were originally 20 minutes long. In 2004 the BBC cut them down to 15 minutes. The original Series 12 (1999–2000) is very rarely broadcast.

Series 13 (2000–2001) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
175 – 13.1 19 December 2000 LCNE149F "Lollipop, Lollipop"
176 – 13.2 20 December 2000 LCNE153H "Dim Waiters"
177 – 13.3 3 January 2001 LCNE145E "Wrong Number"
178 – 13.4 10 January 2001 LCNE150A "Fowl Play"
179 – 13.5 17 January 2001 LCNE146Y "Prize Exhibits"
180 – 13.6 24 January 2001 LCNE152N "Cousins At War"
181 – 13.7 31 January 2001 LCNE140J "Lets Get Quizzical"
182 – 13.8 7 February 2001 LCNE143R "Knights to Remember"
183 – 13.9 14 February 2001 LCNE151T "Buzz Off"
184 – 13.10 21 February 2001 LCNE147S "Hairs Apparent"
185 – 13.11 28 February 2001 LCNE148L "Grounds for Complaint"
186 – 13.12 7 March 2001 LCNE154B "Lost and Floundering"
187 – 13.13 14 March 2001 LCNE141D "Ghillie Me, Ghillie You"
188 – 13.14 21 March 2001 LCNE144K "Send In the Clones"
189 – 13.15 28 March 2001 LCNE142X "Silence Is Golden"^

^This episode is the only silent ChuckleVision episode in the entire series. All episodes of series 13 were originally 20 minutes long but in 2004 the BBC cut them down to 15 minutes to suit their schedule.

Series 14 (2002) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
190 – 14.1 2 January 2002 LCNF140N "Safe and Sound"
191 – 14.2 9 January 2002 LCNF141H "Trouble At the Mill"
192 – 14.3 16 January 2002 LCNF142B "Flat and Apartmental"
193 – 14.4 23 January 2002 LCNF143W "On the Hoof"
194 – 14.5 30 January 2002 LCNF144P "Out of This World"
195 – 14.6 6 February 2002 LCNF145J "All Clued Up"
196 – 14.7 13 February 2002 LCNF146D "Chips That Pass In the Night"
197 – 14.8 20 February 2002 LCNF147X "Mission Implausible"
198 – 14.9 27 February 2002 LCNF148R "Barry the Spider"
199 – 14.10 6 March 2002 LCNF149K "The Hidden Genius"
200 – 14.11 13 March 2002 LCNF150E "Run Robot Run"
201 – 14.12 20 March 2002 LCNF151Y "Do As You Are Bid"
202 – 14.13 27 March 2002 LCNF152S "That Ol’ Chuckle Magic"
203 – 14.14 3 April 2002 LCNF153L "The Men From the Monastery"
204 – 14.15 10 April 2002 LCNF154F "A Change In the Weather"

All these episodes are with the ruby snatcher. This was the only series where all the episodes are linked together, following the tale of a missing ruby throughout.

Series 15 (2002–2003) Edit

2002 Christmas Specials

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
205 – 15.1 24–25 December 2002 LCNG348Y "Messy Xmas"
206 – 15.2 24–25 December 2002 LCNG349S "Christmas Chuckle"

The Series

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
207 – 15.3 3 January 2003 LCNG350L "Keeping It Under Wraps"
208 – 15.4 10 January 2003 LCNG351F "In A Class of Their Own"
209 – 15.5 17 January 2003 LCNG352A "Magnetic Distraction – Part 1"
210 – 15.6 24 January 2003 LCNG353T "Magnetic Distraction – Part 2"
211 – 15.7 31 January 2003 LCNG354N "Magnetic Distraction – Part 3"
212 – 15.8 7 February 2003 LCNG355H "On Your Pike"
213 – 15.9 14 February 2003 LCNG356B "Bookshop Chuckles"
214 – 15.10 21 February 2003 LCNG357W "Music of Time"
215 – 15.11 28 February 2003 LCNG358P "The Purple Pimple – Kidnap"
216 – 15.12 7 March 2003 LCNG359J "The Purple Pimple – Mutiny"
217 – 15.13 14 March 2003 LCNG360D "The Purple Pimple – Escape"
218 – 15.14 21 March 2003 LCNG361X "Storm In A Teashop"
219 – 15.15 28 March 2003 LCNG362R "War of the Hoses"

Series 16 (2004) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
220 – 16.1 9 January 2004 LCNR621Y "For Peat’s Sake"
221 – 16.2 16 January 2004 LCNR622S "No Getting Away"
222 – 16.3 23 January 2004 LCNR623L "On the Verge"
223 – 16.4 30 January 2004 LCNR624F "Incredible Shrinking Barry – Part 1"
224 – 16.5 6 February 2004 LCNR625A "Incredible Shrinking Barry – Part 2"
225 – 16.6 13 February 2004 LCNR626T "Which Witch Is Which?"
226 – 16.7 20 February 2004 LCNR627N "Bedlam and Breakfast"
227 – 16.8 27 February 2004 LCNR628H "Mocha Ado About Nothing"
228 – 16.9 5 March 2004 LCNR629B "The Return of the Purple Pimple"
229 – 16.10 12 March 2004 LCNR630W "The Whole Tooth"
230 – 16.11 19 March 2004 LCNR631P "Cross Country Chuckles"
231 – 16.12 26 March 2004 LCNR632J "Can of Worms"
232 – 16.13 2 April 2004 LCNR633D "Bringing Home Dan"
233 – 16.14 16 April 2004 LCNR634X "Paul of the Ring"
234 – 16.15 23 April 2004 LCNR635R "Sherlock Chuckle"

Series 17 (2005) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
235 – 17.1 6 January 2005 LCNA101W "Crocodile McChuckle"
236 – 17.2 13 January 2005 LCNA102P "A Job Well Done"
237 – 17.3 20 January 2005 LCNA103J "Who’s Minding the Store?"
238 – 17.4 27 January 2005 LCNA104D "Funny Money"
239 – 17.5 3 February 2005 LCNA105X "The Chuckle and the Pea"
240 – 17.6 10 February 2005 LCNA106R "The Vengeful Viking"
241 – 17.7 17 February 2005 LCNA107K "Grande Fromage"
242 – 17.8 24 February 2005 LCNA108E "Pride and Prejudice"
243 – 17.9 3 March 2005 LCNA109Y "Highway Robbery"
244 – 17.10 10 March 2005 LCNA110S "Smugglers"
245 – 17.11 17 March 2005 LCNA111L "The Real Purple Pimple"
246 – 17.12 24 March 2005 LCNA112F "The Lift"
247 – 17.13 31 March 2005 LCNA113A "The Diva"
248 – 17.14 7 April 2005 LCNA114T "Let Them Beat Cake"
249 – 17.15 14 April 2005 LCNA115N "One’s Bitten, Two’s Shy"

Series 18 (2006) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
250 – 18.1 6 March 2006 LCNW924W "Barryella"
251 – 18.2 7 March 2006 LCNW925P "Off the Cuff"
252 – 18.3 8 March 2006 LCNW926J "Skipshape"
253 – 18.4 9 March 2006 LCNW927D "Don’t Lose Your Rag"
254 – 18.5 10 March 2006 LCNW928X "Alien Antics"
255 – 18.6 13 March 2006 LCNW929R "Sushi and Sumo"
256 – 18.7 14 March 2006 LCNW930K "Oompah Oompah"
257 – 18.8 15 March 2006 LCNW931E "Pretty Polly"
258 – 18.9 16 March 2006 LCNW932Y "Tennis Menace"
259 – 18.10 17 March 2006 LCNW933S "Hippy Isle"
260 – 18.11 20 March 2006 LCNW934L "Caterpillar Crisis"
261 – 18.12 21 March 2006 LCNW935F "Chuck Bodgers"
262 – 18.13 22 March 2006 LCNW936A "The Picnic"
263 – 18.14 23 March 2006 LCNW937T "Cable Fable"
264 – 18.15 24 March 2006 LCNW938N "In A Pickle"

Series 19 (2007) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
265 – 19.1 5 February 2007 LCQD475J "Et Tu Chuckle"
266 – 19.2 6 February 2007 LCQD480E "Spook When You’re Spooken To"
267 – 19.3 7 February 2007 LCQD473W "Big Break"
268 – 19.4 8 February 2007 LCQD474P "Henry VIII and his 5th Chuckle"
269 – 19.5 9 February 2007 LCQD481Y "Strictly Chuckle"
270 – 19.6 12 February 2007 LCQD478R "Sherwood Chuckle"
271 – 19.7 13 February 2007 LCQD476D "Oil’s Well That Ends Well"
272 – 19.8 14 February 2007 LCQD483L "In-Console-Able"
273 – 19.9 15 February 2007 LCQD482S "Our Latest Model"
274 – 19.10 16 February 2007 LCQD472B "Tomorrow’s News"
275 – 19.11 19 March 2007 LCQD484F "Pandamonium"
276 – 19.12 20 March 2007 LCQD479K "A Case for the Chuckles"
277 – 19.13 21 March 2007 LCQD470N "Driving Ambition"
278 – 19.14 22 March 2007 LCQD471H "Muscling In"
279 – 19.15 23 March 2007 LCQD477X "Hanging Round"

Series 20 (2008) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title Plot
280 – 20.1 28 January 2008 LCQD477G "Mind Your Manors"
281 – 20.2 29 January 2008 LCQD477Z "I Scream Men"
282 – 20.3 30 January 2008 LCQD477X "Super Heroes, Super Zeroes"
283 – 20.4 31 January 2008 LCQD477Y "Jumping Jackpot"
284 – 20.5 1 February 2008 LCQD477U "Galloping Grandads"
285 – 20.6 4 February 2008 LCQD477V "Raven Mad"

Christmas Special (2008)

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title
286 – 20.7 21 December 2008 LCQD477X "The Mystery of Little Under Standing"

Series 21 (2009) Edit

# Original Airdate Prod. Code Title Plot
287 – 21.1 11 December 2009 1.1 "Prank'd"
288 – 21.2 14 December 2009 1.2 "Top of The Cops"
289 – 21.3 15 December 2009 1.3 "In a State Agents"
290 – 21.4 16 December 2009 1.4 "Cops and Jobbers"
291 – 21.5 17 December 2009 1.5 "Dishing up Trouble"
292 – 21.6 18 December 2009 1.6 "See How They Run"

Production Edit

Series 14 saw ChuckleVision feature a continuous storyline for the first time in its history. The main writer is John Sayle, who writes the majority of each series, however the series has featured episodes written byRussell T Davies and The Chuckle Brothers themselves. Also, for Series 14 onwards, the runtime was reduced from 20 minutes to just 15, with the BBC editing series 12 and 13 to match the new runtime. This series and Series 17-21 used the film look, Series 15 and 16 used a semi-film look and the 2008 Christmas special reverted to the video look.

In the 8th episode of Series 4, entitled "Bowl-derdash", the theme tune was changed fromMONO to NICAM stereo. This theme tune has remained ever since, but was shortened in Series 17 and also edited for the shortened versions of Series 12 and 13. All the episodes in Series 14 display the BBC logo on the title scene centred, and the original versions of Series 13 display the BBC logo on the bottom left-hand corner, but none of the episodes from other series show this logo. Since Series 14 during the endCREDITS, outtakes and goofs are usually shown instead of images from the episode.

A 3D movie was also in production and was set to possibly be released in late 2012, however it has since been confirmed that theFUNDING for this is no longer available.[4] Series twenty and twenty-one only featured six episodes due to Paul and Barry having other commitments.

After twenty-one series and over twenty-two years in production, ChuckleVision finally ended its run at the end of 2009 with the final series airing over Christmas 2009. The reason cited was that due to a lowering of viewing figures, the BBC had decided to turn their attention to other programmes. Repeats occurred regularly until the end of 2011, with now only the 2008 Christmas special being repeated annually (at least until 2013). There are talks of a new television pilot being commissioned entitled The Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers,[5] however it is unclear whether this has started production, or when it will air.

Longevity Edit

ChuckleVision is one of the longest running British children's television programmes, surpassed only by Blue Peter and Grange Hill. Throughout the twenty-one series that were produced, the Chuckle Brothers remained the main protagonists. The series ran between 1987 to 2009, being repeated regularly until 2011. The Brothers also tour the country yearly with regular stage shows and television appearances and have been children's entertainers since the 1970s.

Catchphrases Edit

  • 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: "Adadadadada!" (usually said to Barry to stop him from doing something)
  • Paul: "Stupid thing!" (when something he is using breaks or doesn't work)
  • Paul: "Leg it!" (usually said to Barry to get away from someoneCHASING them)
  • 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?"

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!"

DVD releases Edit

Delta Music released three DVDs in 2011. There has been one VHS released entitled "Goofy Golfers" featuring three episodes.

TV Series Edit

DVD Title Discs Year Ep. No, DVD releases Notes
Region 2
The Complete Series 1 4 1987-1988 13 24 October 2011 Includes Christmas Special
The Complete Series 2 4 1988-1989 13 29 October 2012

In 2014, Dave Cooke, composer throughout the entire series, released 'Volume 1.' of ChuckleVision soundtracks and cues. These were released as a digital download, with a Volume 2 underway.[6]

Stage Productions Edit

There have been four DVD releases of the brothers on stage: Pirates of the River RotherSpooky Going's OnIndiana 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, and an annual is due to be released in 2012 (another was published in small amounts, supposedly, in 1995).


RepeatsEdit

ChuckleVision has been shown on BBC1. BBC2 and BBC Choice, CBBC on Choice showed ChuckleVision at weekends from Saturday December 4th 1999 - Sunday 10th February 2002 at 10.00am, It was one of the regular weekend shows on CBBC on Choice along with Teletubbies (Double-Bill), Tweenies (Double-Bill), Playdays and Bob the Builder altough the only time round it wasn't scheduled to be broadcast was Christmas and Boxing Day 1999, troughout Its finished line-up on 10th February 2002 and the last episode they showed was King of the Castle which was the last episode of Series 11 and was replaced by CBBC and CBeebies the following day. ChuckleVision continued to be shown on the CBBC Channel after this from August 31st 2002 aswell as showings on BBC1 and BBC2.

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