Sad to hear that the children's entertainer Barry Elliott, one half of the much loved Chuckle Brothers, has died at the age of 73.
As Barry Chuckle, Elliott partnered his younger brother Paul in a slapstick comedy act that stretched all the way back to the early 1970s. They were famous for the CBBC TV series Chucklevision, which ran for a staggering twenty-two years from 1987 to 2009 and their many live shows. Prior to that they appeared in dog costumes as The Chuckle Hounds, firstly in The Roger the Dog Show in 1983, before securing their own spin off show a year later that ultimately led to their big break with the BBC. Just this summer the pair had been presenting Chuckle Time on Channel 5 in a prime time slot - perhaps a fitting legacy of the laughter, smiles and happiness they had brought to generations worth of children, including myself.