Jim Bowen: Former Bullseye host and comic dies at 80

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Jim Bowen with Bullseye mascot Bully

Broadcaster and comic Jim Bowen, greatest identified for internet hosting darts-based recreation present Bullseye within the 1980s and ’90s, has died on the age of 80.

His spouse confirmed the information to BBC Radio Lancashire.

The previous deputy headmaster, who was from Lancashire, started his profession as a humorist on the membership circuit within the 1960s.

He grew to become a family identify when he started presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time present ran for 14 years.

It attracted 20 million viewers at its peak and concerned three pairs of contestants – with a “thrower”, who would throw the darts, and a the “knower”, who would reply common information questions.

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Bullseye’s prizes included vehicles and speedboats

Certainly one of Bowen’s catchphrases – “maintain out of the black and in to the pink, nothing on this recreation for 2 in a mattress” – referred to the segments of the darts board that the gamers needed to hit.

His different beloved phrases included “Tremendous, smashing, nice”, “You may’t beat a little bit of Bully!” and “Let us take a look at what you can have gained.”

Bowen additionally had a lot of TV performing roles, together with in Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, The Grimleys, and as Hoss Cartwright within the second sequence of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.

And he offered a stay morning journal programme on Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.

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