Jim Bowen: Comedian and former Bullseye host dies at 80

Comedian and TV legend Jim Bowen dies age 80

Comedian and TV legend Jim Bowen dies age 80

Former BBC Radio Lancashire presenter and television host Jim Bowen has died at the age of 80.

The Lancashire-born former deputy headmaster began his career as a stand-up comedian and rose to fame presenting Bullseye for 14 years between 1981 and 1995.

It attracted a peak audience of nearly 19 million viewers on Boxing Day 1989.

He also enjoyed cameo roles in shows such as Last Of The Summer Wine, Jonathan Creek and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

News of his death was confirmed by his wife to BBC Radio Lancashire.

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

Another favourite phrase - "keep out of the black and in to the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed" - referred to the segments of the darts board that the players had to hit.

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"And I thought, that's some feeling that he must get after that".

The couple share two children together, Peter and Susan Bowen, and have two grandchildren.

'I didn't show them I was proud of them, though I think they knew, ' he once said.

Bowen had previously suffered two strokes, saying in 2011 that he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life", according to the BBC.

Family friend John Pleus, said, "He passed away very peacefully. We are all shedding a tear", Pleus said.

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.

"It wasn't completely unexpected, he's been ill for several weeks in hospital".

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