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Paul Chuckle has criticised BAFTA after his late brother Barry was left out of the award ceremony’s tributes section.

Barry Chuckle, real name Barry Elliot, spent decades on children’s television and on stage performing alongside his brother.

He passed away in August last year aged 73 after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

The brother picked up their BAFTAs in 2008
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The Chuckle Brothers performed together for decades

Replying to a fan who asked why the long-serving presenter was not included, Paul replied: “I quite agree my friend. We received our BAFTA’s ten years ago. He should have been mentioned @BAFTA.”

Other fans agreed – calling the academy’s decision “disgraceful” and “poorly done”.

The Chuckle Brothers won a special children’s award in 2008 for their services to children’s television.

BAFTA’s in memoriam section pays tribute to TV personalities who have died in the past 12 months.

Freddie Starr, who died last week, and Brian Walden who died on Sunday, were among those featured.

Fans also noticed that Mike Thalassitis, the Love Island star who died in March, was also missing from the tributes – despite being part of the cast in the series that won a BAFTA in 2018.

One fan asked: “Why wasn’t Mike Thalassistis featured in the @BAFTA “In Memoriam” segment? Reality TV is a very popular strand of British Television, especially @LoveIsland and @CelebsGoDating – two that he took part in.”

Mike Thalassitis
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Mike Thalassitis died in March

Thalassitis was found near his home in Essex after taking his own life.

A spokesperson from BAFTA said: “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.”

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