Bullseye star Jim Bowen dies aged 80

Jim Bowen, who presented the beloved darts-based game show Bullseye, has died at the age of 80.

Born in Lancashire, he worked as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s and soon ended up performing on national television.

Bowen achieved cult status in Bullseye through catchphrases such as “let’s see what you could have won” and “you can’t beat a bit of Bully”.

The show, which ran for 15 years, was watched by over 12m viewers, and was especially popular among students.

Fellow stars have paid tribute. Actor Will Mellor tweeted: “Sad news about Jim Bowen! Ya can’t beat a bit o bully!! #RIP.”

Bowen also had a number of TV acting roles, including in Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, The Grimleys, and the second series of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.

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He also presented a morning show on Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2003.

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