Paul Chuckle flew 5,000 miles to China the day after his brother Barry's funeral to grieve in private

The devastated comedian admitted he fled the UK to be alone, and spoke ahead of his first Pantomime season without his beloved sidekick.

The 71-year-old admitted he was constantly close to tears thinking about his brothers death, and told GetSurrey’s Grahame Larter: ‘[I was fine] until people pat you on the back and say, 'How are you feeling, sorry for your loss.'

"It’s like being a kid and you fall over and hurt your knee. You’re fine until your mum goes, 'Ah love, come here give me a cuddle' and it sets you off, doesn’t it?

"And it was like that with Barry dying. But going to China I didn’t meet one person from the UK the whole time.

"It gave me time. I wasn’t so bad when I got back and I went straight into doing [public appearances]."

Brave Barry kept his terminal heart condition a secret from friends and fans — so the show could go in the finest showbiz tradition.

Barry, one half of children’s comedy favourites the Chuckle Brothers, knew last summer he only had months to live. But he kept the devastating news from all but his closest family.

In June he and co-star brother Paul were back on TV for the first time in years on a Channel 5 clips show called Chuckle Time.

It was supposed to be a 12-episode series but Barry had to pull out of filming after his condition suddenly worsened and he lost the use of his legs.

Barry, 73, who had been prescribed morphine, died at home surrounded by his family, including wife Ann.

Paul appeared with Barry in 292 episodes of BBC TV kids’ show ChuckleVision between 1987 and 2009, and said: “I’ve not just lost my brother. I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

Older brother Brian, 83, said: “We’ve known for a while Barry was very ill.

“I drove up this week and saw him for two hours. We knew the end was very near.

"He was on morphine but we chatted. I gave him a kiss goodbye at the end. There were tears, of course. Up until this last year he’d been  fine. But he’s been a smoker all his life. It’s been very rough. Especially keeping it from people.”

The Chuckle Brothers Barry and Paul Elliott host the game show To Me…To You…

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