Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Bullseye icon Jim Bowen dies, aged 80

Jim Bowen Comedian and TV legend Jim Bowen dies age 80
Freda Brock | 15 March, 2018, 03:20

The call was from the producers of Bullseye, which Mr Bowen went on to host.

Jim Bowen, best known for presenting the cult darts-based game show 'Bullseye' has died, aged 80.

Bullseye ran on ITV from 1981 to 1995 and attracted more than 15 million viewers at its peak.

While teaching, he became involved with the local dramatic society which kindled his interest in showbusiness.

He honed his craft on the northern club circuit, whilst still working full time as a teacher.

Comedian Jim Davidson said "RIP Jim Bowen".

His first TV break was on the Granada stand-up show, The Comedians, alongside the likes of Bernard Manning, Stan Boardman and Mike Reid.

In 1981, Bowen was appointed presenter of Bullseye, which mixed general knowledge questions with darts. At least he gave them their bus fare home.

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"Nothing for two in a bed" referred to how contestants would win a prize by hitting the appropriate part of the dartboard but would lose the prize if they hit it twice.

He had a guest role in BBC1's detective drama Jonathan Creek and Peter Kay comedy, Phoenix Nights.

He presented a live morning magazine programme on Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.

He admitted that, even though he apologised for the remark nearly immediately, he believed his showbusiness career was over.

Bowen became known for catchphrases including "Super, smashing, great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!" and "Let's look at what you could have won".

He returned to Edinburgh in the summer of 2006, performing at Jongleurs.

"She would always try and get him to eat his tea, but Jim was always on his feet darting around".

The pair had two children, Susan and Peter and were married for 59 years at the time of his death.

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