Children's Live-Action TV
comedy centred on the wholly inept Paul and Barry Chuckle
. Debuted in 1987.
Nearly every episode sees the Chuckle Brothers being given a simple task to do. Hilarity Ensues
when they fail to do it with any degree of competence. Series 14 broke the trend for Stand Alone Episodes
by having a continuous arc
, and series after that also saw multi-part stories being used.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Paul
- Badass Mustache: Both Chuckles.
- The Cameo: The characters from the Disney movie Aladdin appear on the ice cream van (most ice cream vans in the UK feature famous cartoon characters) in the episode "Breakdown". Also, in "The Final Frontier", Barry is watching Postman Pat on the TV.
- Catch Phrases:
- "To me!" "To you!"
- "Silly me!" (Often reinforced with "Silly you!")
- "Oh dear." "Oh dear oh dear." "Oh dear oh dear oh dear."
- "No slacking!"
- Creative Closing Credits: Hilarious Outtakes.
- The Comically Serious: No Slacking.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The show started out in The Eighties as "Chucklehounds", with Paul and Barry in dog costumes, before quickly changing to the format we all know and love.
- The first series of Chucklevision proper was studio-based with Paul and Barry as presenters. It also featured Liverpool actor Billy Butler telling stories in a segment called "Armchair Theatre".
- The Danza: Paul and Barry.
- Ditto Aliens: Lampshaded in an episode involving a "Freaky Friday" Flip (see below). Paul gets his brain swapped with an alien and Barry notices the Commander looks the same. Paul then impersonates the commander and tells the alien to switch the minds back.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: In the alien abduction episode, because of the aliens' mind-swapping device, one of the brothers gets Freaky Friday'd with an alien. Then this happens with the brothers and tomatoes.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Barry: "Hey look there's our boss he's running as well".
- Paul: "Oh yes, and he's seen us. He's waving, look".
- Barry: "I don't think he's waving Paul".
- Glad I Thought of It: Paul often takes Barry's ideas and claims them as his own – Barry doesn't usually notice.
- Haunted House: The premise of the episode "Spooks & Gardens", notable for being written by Russell T Davies.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dan the Van. He's frequently ordering the Chuckle brothers about, but we never see him. Often members of his family act as his representative, and on the rare occassions he shows up his face isn't visible, hidden under bandages or the like
- Long Runners: For over 20 years!
- Never My Fault: Whenever Paul messes up, he manages to shift the blame to Barry.
- Oop North: Both Paul and Barry speak with Rotherham accents. (It's rather surreal how similar the brutal mercenary Bronn from Game of Thrones sounds to the Chuckles).
- Pantomime: The brothers often do panto, transposing their act into the show and usually sharing a Buttons-type role normally played by one person.
- Pun-Based Title: "Bowl-Derdash", a cricket episode; "Shore Thing", on a beach; "King of the Mill", set in a windmill; "On Your Pike", fishing, and so on.
- Real-Life Relative: The titular characters are also brothers in real life.
- And "No Slacking" is played by their brother, Jimmy Patton. A fourth brother, Brian Patton, also occasionally appears.
- Recurring Character: Known by his Catch Phrase, "No Slacking" will often give the Chuckle brothers their episode task.
- Reverse Psychology: Often used by Paul to con Barry into doing the difficult tasks.
- Slapstick: A lot of the comedy.
- Silence Is Golden: This Trope is the actual title of a Series 13 episode, which is notable for being the only Chucklevision episode to date to have no dialogue, just music. The reason for this is because the brothers are working as hospital porters so they must be as quiet as possible.
- Status Quo Is God: The show has a high Season Fluidity, with the only difference between an episode from 1995 and one from 2005 is how old the Chuckle Brothers look.
- Stock Ness Monster: In the episode "Another Fine Ness".
- Taken for Granite: In the episode "Et Tu Chuckle" Paul and Barry along with the emperor cover themself in cement and at the end of the episode the cement dries leaving them stuck, it then shows the statues in modern times showing they are most likely stuck like that forever.
- Tandem Parasite: Taken to extremes. The 'Chucklemobile' only seems to even have pedals on Barry's side.
- Thememobile: The Chucklemobile.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: A few episodes where Paul and Barry meet their Scottish cousins, Dougal and Douglas McChuckle.
- Then there are their Grandfathers. And their Mad Uncle.