Paul Chuckle outraged over brother Barry's Baftas memoriam 'snub'

Katie Archer
Contributor
(Associated Press)

Beloved kids’ TV comedian Paul Chuckle has expressed his outrage that his late brother Barry was left off the in memoriam tributes at this year’s TV Bafta Awards.

The Chuckle Brothers were a TV favourite for many years, and fans of the duo were devastated to learn of Barry’s death from bone cancer in August 2018.

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Many would have expected him to feature prominently in the awards ceremony tribute segment to stars of the industry who had passed away over the year, but he was notably absent from the list.

Viewers tweeted their disappointment at not seeing Barry celebrated, and when one asked Paul why his brother wasn’t included, he agreed that he was shocked, too.

Paul tweeted: “I quite agree my friend. We received our Baftas ten years ago. He should have been mentioned.”

The award Paul was referring to was the Special Award at Bafta’s British Academy Children’s Awards in 2008.

It seemed a disagreement over which category the double act fitted into may have been the reason behind Barry not being amongst the tributes on Sunday night.

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A Bafta spokesperson explained: "Barry was featured at our Children’s Awards ceremony in November 2018. Owing to the number of people we can recognise at any one time, names are featured within a ceremony only once.

"Owing to the limited amount of time for the televised obituaries section within our ceremonies, it is not possible to recognise all those who have sadly passed away. BAFTA’s online obituaries maintain a year-round public testament to those from our industries who are no longer with us."

Another name missing from the memorials was Mike Thalassitis, the former Love Island star who took his own life in March 2019.

Fans of the show who were watching the ceremony on BBC One were angry that Thalassitis did not make the list, either.

The ITV2 dating show had won in the reality category the previous year and Thalassitis had also taken part in E4’s Celebs Go Dating.

Bafta ceremony host Graham Norton also added the names of some stars who had very recently passed away to the end of the segment, including Freddie Starr and Brian Walden.