'Magical' memories of Chuckle Brothers

BBC Archive footage has brought back a heart-warming memory of the Chuckle Brothers in their pomp - and unearthed a peculiar link to a lad who went on to become one of the world's highest-paid actors.
Paul and Barry on the 90s TV Show (Pic: BBC Archive)Paul and Barry on the 90s TV Show (Pic: BBC Archive)
Paul and Barry on the 90s TV Show (Pic: BBC Archive)

The Beeb was celebrating the weekly children’s show Live & Kicking, which aired on BBC One on Saturdays from 1993 to 2001.The show was a huge hit, with Rotherham's Chuckle Brothers featured along with the likes of The Spice Girls, Jarvis Cocker and All Saints.Clips from the show, presented by Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston, were broadcast in honour of the 30th anniversary of the first episode.Snippets included the Hot Seat segment, in which children could ask questions of celebrity guests.Up popped Barry Chuckle, who sadly went on to pass away 20 years later from cancer, sat alongside his brother Paul.The brothers were asked by a boy in the audience what they would have done if they had not become comedians."I would have loved to have been a professional footballer...play for Rotherham" beamed Barry.Typically, his daydream was cut short by Paul who said: "He couldn't though - he was rubbish!"The wide-eyed ten-year-old lad in the stripey top who asked the question was to become no stranger to our screens.It was Daniel Radcliffe, now 32, who first played the part of Harry Potter in the film series from the age of 12.The show, which was axed by the BBC after ratings slipped in the face of fierce competition from ITV, sometimes included some awkward questions asked of celebrities from kids.In one clip, Sheffield's Jarvis Cocker was asked: "You've released one single in two years, what have you been doing in between?"The musician looked quite taken aback before replying: "You sound like our manager."Pop duo Robson and Jerome were cut to the quick when a child asked if their song 'Unchained Melody' had been produced as a joke.Mostly, though, talented young entertainers looking to make their mark on show business tried to use the show as a platform.Ant and Dec, for instance, were guests who made it clear they wanted "to stay around for a long time."

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