Lancashire broadcaster and Bullseye host Jim Bowen dies aged 80

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

It attracted 17.5 million viewers at its peak.

There was a "thrower" and a "knower" - combining knowledge and skill.

On 27 August 2012, Jim reunited with co-presenter Sally Naden for a one-off show at BBC Radio Lancashire.

Jim Bowen has died age 80.

"I've known him since the Bullseye days". It was different amounts.

"One year, I cleared half a million. made 26 episodes and I worked almost every night doing stand-up comedy".

His catchphrases included "Super, smashing, great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!" and "Let's look at what you could have won".

The advent of Granada TV's The Comedians gave him the opportunity to appear on national TV, which helped persuade him to become a full-time entertainer. "That was before I became a teacher". Seeing Ken Dodd inspired him to try his hand at stand-up.

In the 1960s, he worked part-time as a stand-up comedian on the northern club circuit.

Jim wrote an autobiography called From A Bundle of Rags, which he was paid £7,000 in advance for in 1993.

Along with his successful game show presenting career, Bowen also acted in a number of TV shows including Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, The Grimleys and in Peter Kay's Phoenix Night as Hoss Cartright.

He presented the show from 1981 to 1995, before turning his hand to radio where he ran a show on BBC Lancashire from 1999 to 2003. He returned in 2007 and 2009 as a special guest on different programmes.

"As with people getting on, Jim has had several strokes, one in 2011".

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