March 23, 2018

Comedian and TV legend Jim Bowen dies age 80

15 March 2018, 03:18 | Winston Chapman

Jim became a cult figure thanks to Bullseye

Jim Bowen presenter of Bullseye has died age 80

Phyllis confirmed the sad news of Bowen's death to BBC Radio Lancashire on 14 March.

The former deputy headmaster, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. The show ran from 1981 until 1995 and was a firm favourite for many viewers.

"Bullseye" featured three pairs of contestants - with one team member answering questions and the other playing darts - going up against one another win big prizes such as speedboats, caravans, luxury holidays and cars, to smaller gifts such as darts or tankards.

Bowen was known professionally as Jim Bowen but his real name was Peter Bowen.

The advent of Granada TV's The Comedians gave him the opportunity to appear on national TV, which helped persuade him to become a full-time entertainer.

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

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He was famous for his catchphrases including "super, smashing, great", "look what you could have won" and "stay out of the black and into the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed".

He said of the show: 'I always said the game was the star.

His agent Patsy Martin told the Press Association: "He has sadly died". He left them in ruins with laughter. "He was a very lovely, genuine man".

He passed away this morning with wife Phyllis by his side but it is not clear how Bowen, who had suffered several strokes over the years, died.

'I've got £100 here and it'll take me two minutes to count out'. "We are all shedding a tear", he said.

In 2011, Bowen, also known as Alf in the Tetley Bitter adverts, said he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes. He also hosted a mid-morning show on 106.6 Indigo FM in Cumbria in 2009.

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