Paul Chuckle held back tears as he remembered helping save a girl’s life.
The 75-year-old actor appeared on Tuesday’s This Morning show and told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield how his iconic children’s show Chucklevision once helped revive a young fan from a coma.
The slapstick comedy starring Paul and his late brother Barry, who were famous for their ‘for me, for you’ catchphrase, issued from 1987 to 2009, and was named the BBC’s best children’s television program in 2019.
Recalling the incident, Paul said: “We said at the time, if we don’t do anything else in life, we have saved a girl’s life.”
“She was a huge (Chucklevision) fan and she was very sick and went into a coma and had been in one for over a week.”
Tears: Paul Chuckle, 45, choked back tears on Tuesday’s This Morning as he recalled helping save a girl’s life.
Comedy duo: Paul recounted how his iconic children’s show Chucklevision once helped revive a young fan from a coma (pictured with late brother Barry, right, in 1990)
It revealed that the girl’s parents had been told that if no improvement was shown in a few days, doctors would turn off the life support machines.
“The doctors told (the parents) that they can talk to her, but we don’t know if she can hear them.”
Paul went on to say that the fan’s distraught mother decided to record the show’s theme song and play it on a loop at her daughter’s bedside.
Then, within two minutes, the girl opened her eyes and said, “Is (Chucklevision) in mommy?”
Paul held back tears telling Holly and Phil, ‘Tears came to my eyes, now I’m getting my fill.’
Last year, Paul revealed that he once saw the ghost of his late brother and comedy partner, Barry, backstage before a show.
Barry tragically died of cancer in 2018 at the age of 74, but Paul said his beloved older brother sent him a message from the afterlife as he prepared to go solo.
speaking to Sun Paul said that he saw the ghost of his late brother backstage in a pantomime, the first role in which he would appear alone on stage.
Remembering: She recalled how the distraught mother recorded the show’s tune that revived the girl.
Emotional: Paul held back tears telling Holly and Phil, “Tears came to my eyes, now I’m getting my fill.”
From Me To You: The slapstick comedy starring Paul (left) and his late brother Barry (right), who were famous for their catchphrase “me, you,” which aired from 1987 to 2009 (pictured together in 2019)
When the duo’s ChuckleVision theme started playing, Paul says he saw his brother ‘winking’ and ‘nodding’ to give him the confidence to go it alone.
He recalled: ‘I remember standing backstage, waiting for my entrance and the music playing.
“Barry would be on the other side, where he would go in and he wasn’t there.”
“But I swear I could see him on the side of the stage, and he’s nodding and winking at me. He gave me the confidence to go on stage and the audience lifted me up beautifully.’
The veteran entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliot, died of lung cancer in 2018.
According Mirror he was unable to attend his older brother Jimmy Elliot’s wedding to Amy Phillips, a 26-year-old ChuckleVision fan, shortly before his death.
The TV and stage star fell ill while filming a new TV series called Chuckle Time and his health later declined.
At the time, Paul paid a moving tribute, saying, “Not only did I lose my brother, I lost my theater partner of many, many years and my best friend.”
ChuckleVision was named the best CBBC series of all time by the radio schedules in 2019.
In a poll of 3,000 people, ChuckleVision was named the best, followed by The Story Of Tracy Beaker and Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow.
Paul said at the time: ‘Thank you as you all helped put ChuckleVision where it belongs, at number one!’