The Chuckle Brothers reportedly don't see each other very often.

Chuckle Brothers

Chuckle Brothers

The well-loved children's double act - comprised of siblings Barry and Paul Elliott - have recently announced that they will return to screens this year with their new television show 'Chuckle Time' on Channel 5 but it's believed, up until the broadcaster approached them, they were living "increasingly separate lives."

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "Paul and Barry will always be brothers but in reality they don't see huge amounts of one another.

"In the last few years they've led increasingly separate lives and Barry in particular was quite happy to disappear into retirement until C5 came knocking.

"Paul says Barry is only doing it for the payday that a Saturday night TV show will bring. They'll be consummate professionals as normal on camera."

'Chuckle Time' is made up of 12 hour-long episodes and will see the Chuckle Brothers introduce funny internet clips and perform classic sketches.

Channel 5 said recently: "The Chuckle Brothers have spent their lives falling over and making us laugh, and now they are watching us makes fools of ourselves as the public and audience upload fails, flops and funnies onto the internet."

The show marks the first project the duo have done since their iconic kids' show 'ChuckleVision', which aired on CBBC, came to an end in 2009 following 21 series.

The pair haven't been on screen as much as they had hoped when 'ChuckleVision' was pulled off air and they were even overlooked by 'Celebrity Big Brother' bosses.

Barry said recently: "I'd probably do 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

"We were asked and they were talking to us about it but nothing came of it. I think they thought we weren't nasty enough."

Paul added: "Maybe one day we'll give it a go. It would be fun, as long as they've got whisky in there and not just beer and wine."

However, their screen time hasn't been completely non-existent as the Chuckle Brothers - whose famous catchphrase was "from me to you" - recently delighted the nation with their hilarious cameo on 'Benidorm'.