Lancashire broadcaster and Bullseye host Jim Bowen dies aged 80

Jim Bowen

Radio & television presenter Jim Bowen dies

It attracted a peak audience of nearly 19 million viewers on Boxing Day 1989.

The show, which ran between 1981 and 1995, was watched by over 12 million viewers, and was especially popular among students.

The show involved two contestants working together, one who threw darts and one who answered general knowledge questions.

His catchphrases included "Super, smashing, great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!" and "Let's look at what you could have won".

'Stay out of the black and into the red, Nothing in this game for two in a bed'.

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His warm-hearted and quick-witted rapport with the contestants was a big part of the show's appeal.

The show's Twitter account posted a message from creator Andrew Wood and his daughter Laura: "We are devastated to announce that our friend & Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen has passed away".

He also enjoyed cameo roles in dramas such as Last Of The Summer Wine as well as roles in Jonathan Creek and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. "He left them in ruins with laughter", he told Radio Lancashire past year.

'I've got £100 here and it'll take me two minutes to count out'. "And so I learned his act".

Bowen married his work colleague from his school days, Phyllis, in 1959.

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Later in his career he presented a live morning magazine programme on BBC Radio Lancashire between 1999 and 2003.

He resigned from BBC Radio Lancashire against his will, after getting in trouble for making a racist remark on air.

Bowen rose to fame in the 1980s and 90s as host of the darts quiz show Bullseye on ITV. "He was a very lovely, genuine man".

"It wasn't completely unexpected, he's been ill for several weeks in hospital".

"He passed away very peacefully, [Phyllis] was with him". We are all shedding a tear.

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