Remember ‘Bullseye’, is it time for a revival?

Bullseye was HUGE tv show back in the 1980s

Viewers of Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow were recently (2020) left disappointed over the recent remake, which some viewers felt didn’t live up to the 80’s original.

It’s hard to replace someone like Jim Bowen, and “you can’t beat a bit of bully”.

“Bullseye” is a popular British TV game show that was hosted by Jim Bowen and first aired on ITV in 1981. The show ran for 15 years and ended its run in 1995.

The format of “Bullseye” was a mix of darts and general knowledge. Contestants would compete in darts games and answer trivia questions to win prizes. The objective of the game was to reach the final round and score a bullseye to win the ultimate prize, which was often a luxury holiday or a new car.

I loved the notes in the tankard, the “180” call-out, and the general horrendous car crash banter

One of the reasons for the show’s popularity was its simplicity. Unlike many other game shows, “Bullseye” didn’t require a lot of skill or knowledge to play. The darts games were straightforward, and the questions were often based on popular culture, making them accessible to a wide range of viewers.

Another factor that contributed to the show’s success was the charismatic and comical host, Jim Bowen. He brought a lighthearted and humorous tone to the show, which made it even more enjoyable to watch.

Bullseye catchphrases

‘You can’t beat a bit of Bully!”Stay out of the black and into the red, Nothing in this game for two in a bed. … ‘Let’s have a look at what you could have won. … ‘Now the cash you won for charity earlier… that’s safe. … ‘Super, smashing, great. … ‘You win nothing but your BFH”.

The popularity of darts has been growing steadily over the years, and the sport has become one of the most watched forms of entertainment in the UK. Darts has a dedicated following of fans who attend live events, watch live broadcasts on TV, and participate in local leagues and tournaments.

In conclusion, “Bullseye” was a pioneering game show that blended darts and general knowledge, making it accessible and enjoyable to a wide range of viewers. The show’s popularity was due in large part to its simplicity, humor, and the charisma of its host, Jim Bowen, a comedian and broadcaster who was best known for hosting the darts-based gameshow Bullseye.

The continued popularity of darts is a testament to the lasting impact of “Bullseye” on the sport and on popular culture.

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