Jim Bowen, 'Bullseye' host, dies at 80

    Former Bullseye host Jim Bowen dies at 80     His wife has announced the sad news    
           By Karen Hyland

Lancashire broadcaster and comedian Jim Bowen, best known as the host of the 80s TV game show Bullseye has died at the age of 80.

The darts-themed show aired in the 1980s and 1990s, obtaining cult status among university students.

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 also enjoyed acting roles and appeared in Peter Kaye's hit series, Phoenix Nights and in BBC drama, Jonathan Creek.

His agent Patsy Martin told the Press Association: "I will very sadly miss Jim".

Family friend John Pleus said Bowen died on Wednesday morning with Phyllis by his side after several weeks in hospital.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and their two children. "He was a very lovely, genuine man".

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He told BBC Radio Lancashire in 2017, "I watched seven hours of Ken Dodd and I watched him completely decimate 7,000 people".

Comedy greats including David Baddiel took to social media to pay tribute to Bowen, with Baddiel making a joke about God meeting Bowen and Stephen Hawking, who passed away on 13 March, at the same time. We are all shedding a tear.

"The Royal Lancaster Infirmary were wonderful, we couldn't have asked for better".

But he found fame with the much-loved ITV show Bullseye.

"I'd look at that photograph and say, 'Jim, you're a lucky lad'".

Jim has suffered a decline in his health in recent years, having suffered two mild strokes in 2011.

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