Jim Bowen passes away aged 80


Former host of Bullseye (and the only true one in our hearts) Jim Bowen has died at the age of 80. He had spent several weeks in hospital and died peacefully on Wednesday morning.

A broadcaster and comedian, Bowen is best known for having hosted the game-show Bullseye during the eighties and nineties. He started his career as a stand-up comedian during the 1960s, before moving on to Bullseye which aired for 14 years. At its height, it drew 17.5 million viewers. Bowen became an audience favourite due to the variety of catchphrases, like “Super, smashing, great” and “Let’s look at what you could have won” while on the show.

Bullseye’s official Twitter responded to the news: “We are devastated to announce that our friend & Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen has passed away. Our love and thoughts go out to Jim’s family. Thank you for all the memories Jim, you will be greatly missed.”

After Bullseye, Bowen presented on Radio Lancashire from 1999 to 2002, wrote two autobiographies, and acted in a variety of TV shows including Muck and Brass and The Grimleys.

Bowen passed away aged 80. He is survived by his wife Phyllis. Check out Bowen talking about his beloved show below:




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