Lizzy DeningTV, Nostalgia

RIP Jim Bowen

Lizzy DeningTV, Nostalgia
RIP Jim Bowen

We're saddened by the news that  presenter Jim Bowen has passed away.

The former Bullseye presenter passed away at the age of 80, his wife Phyllis confirmed to BBC Radio Lancashire today.

Jim, a former deputy headmaster, began his career as a stand-up comedian in clubs in the 1960s, but became a household name when he hosted darts-based quiz show Bullseye.

The popular programme was originally presented by Jim  – usually in a beige or brown flared suit – in the 1980s and 90s, and had a mascot named Bully, who was unsurprisingly a bull in a red and white shirt. It ran on ITV from 1981 to 1995 and saw three pairs of contestants compete through a combination of general knowledge and darting skills. Prizes included anything from a speedboat to a tankard, golden dark or a Bully mascot. At its peak it reached a whopping 17 million viewers!

We only recently reported that Bradley Walsh is could be set to bring the gameshow back.

It actually returned once, back in 2006 for a series on Challenge hosted by Dave Spikey, but failed to take off. It was also made into an interactive DVD game around the same time.

  • Did you know? Dave Spikey originally appeared as a contestant on the show back in 1989!

Following the success of Blind Date, which has been revamped by Paul O’Grady, TV bosses at Channel 5 are apparently thinking of bringing back Bullseye, and there’s only one name they want at the helm – lovely Bradley.

It’s already a busy year for Bradley, who is taking over as Dr Who’s new companion, but we’re hoping this plan comes together as we’d love to see him dodging darts and making the audience laugh. Come on Channel 5, make it happen!


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