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Tributes paid to Bullseye host Jim Bowen - who dies aged 80

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 14 Mar 2018
Jim Bowen was the face of Bullseye in the 80s and 90s

Darts players and fans around the world have paid tribute to Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen, who passed away on Wednesday aged 80.

Bowen hosted the iconic darts-based gameshow Bullseye between 1981 and 1995 and was at the forefront of one of Britain's most popular prime time programmes.

Bullseye, originally broadcasted on ITV, attracted 17.5 million viewers at its peak, with 354 episodes (including ten Christmas specials) shown throughout 15 series.

The show involved three pairs of contestants, with each duo comprised of a "thrower", who would throw the darts in an attempt to win cash and prizes and a "knower", who would answer general knowledge questions.

Professional darts players who appeared on the show included Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Eric Bristow and Bobby George, while George Best, Jimmy Greaves, Frank Bruno and Henry Cooper were among the celebrity guests.

Lancashire-born Bowen became a household name thanks to his popular catchphrases, which included: "Super, smashing, great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!" and "You win nothing but your BFH… Bus Fare Home."

In 2011, Bowen suffered two strokes, and family friend John Pleus said he died on the morning of Wednesday March 14 with wife Phyllis by his side after spending several weeks in hospital.

Star names from the world of darts have taken to Twitter to pay their respects...




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