Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died, aged 80

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died, aged 80

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died, aged 80

The show ran for 14 years and attracted a peak audience of 20 million people.

Born Peter Williams in Heswall on the Wirral in 1937, Bowen was adopted as a baby by Annie and Joe Whittaker from Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, taking the name James Whittaker.

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Bowen began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s but became a household name in the United Kingdom as presenter of "Bullseye", which ran for 14 years.

Jim also starred in a number of TV shows, including Phoenix Nights, Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, and The Grimleys.

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And his his much-loved catchphrase "you can't beat a bit of Bully" was a firm favourite with fans.

Bowen became Bullseye host after appearing on ITV show The Comedians, alongside the likes of Frank Carson, Russ Abbott and Bernard Manning.

"Stay out of the black and into the red, Nothing in this game for two in a bed".

In an interview at the time, Bowen said: 'He gave us 12 months of nightmares'.

Jim married Phyllis in 1959 and the couple have two children, Peter and Susan.

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Jim Bowen's death was confirmed to BBC Radio Lancashire today by his wife Phyllis.

Bowen said in 2011 that he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes.

"I've known him since the Bullseye days". He suffered from a third stroke in November 2014, which left him struggling to walk and talk.

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.

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