Jim Bowen, presenter of Bullseye, has died age 80
Jim Bowen has died age 80.
The TV presenter was a stand-up comedian and TV presenter, best known as the long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye.
His wife confirmed the news to BBC Radio Lancashire.
In 2011 Bowen suffered from two strokes, one at home and a second mild stroke in hospital. He suffered from a third stroke in November 2014, which left him struggling to walk and talk.
He told fans in late 2017 that he was âfeeling fine and am keeping up the Physio and having the occasional lunch outâ.
Writing on his personal website, he added: âThe phone still rings for interviews and the odd personal appearance which is good and it encourages me to keep my speech up to scratch.â
Bowen was his stage name; he was born Peter Williams in 1937 in Cheshire, and he became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The show ran for 14 years until 1995.
Despite being all about the darts, Bullseye is best remembered for its catchy theme tune, Bowenâs ever-present catchphrases and the consistent crapness of its prizes â" with contestants getting to throw darts to win a random selection of tea sets and garden furniture before gambling it all to bag themselves a speedboat.
His âsuper, smashing, greatâ and ânow look what you could have wonâ¦â catchphrases helped turn him into a cult figure but he resigned from a BBC local radio station after making racist remarks in 2002.
He said that, even though he had apologised for the remark almost immediately, and afterwards stated âno racial connotation was ever intendedâ.
As well as presenting he also had a number of TV acting roles, including in Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, The Grimleys, and as as Hoss Cartwright in the second series of Peter Kayâs Phoenix Nights.
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