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Jim Bowen dead, didn't realise he was only 80, always looked ancient.
 

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This is wierd, I watched some Bullseye at the weekend for the first time in about 20 years. Great flashback to how different life used to be back then.

RIP Jim, I hope there's a Bully Bonus waiting for you on the other side.
 

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Bowen: "What do you do for a living?"
Contestant: "I'm unemployed Jim"
Bowen: "That's super smashing, great"

RIP
 

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Read Bill Bryson's "Notes From a Small Island", it's a great insight into how anyone "non-English" would consider the horror show that was Bullseye.
Looking back at it now, its surprisingly sweet. When Jim talks to the contestants its like he's actually speaking to them like people, not trying to set up some sneering laugh for the audience, or looking down on them. I was actually surprised by how nice it all felt.
 

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Read Bill Bryson's "Notes From a Small Island", it's a great insight into how anyone "non-English" would consider the horror show that was Bullseye.
The 'taches alone are the stuff of nightmares. And as for the men...

It was such a great show, and a real celebration of the English working classes, naff shabbiness and all. Jim was a perfect host for the show; excellent off the cuff and never taking any of it too seriously. The idea he counted the money out in the ad break :lol:

RIP sir.
 

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Looking back at it now, its surprisingly sweet. When Jim talks to the contestants its like he's actually speaking to them like people, not trying to set up some sneering laugh for the audience, or looking down on them. I was actually surprised by how nice it all felt.
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So, I'm still watching Bullseye from 1981. And everyone is unemployed. But when they tell Jim this, he doesn't mock them or chide them; he offers his support and asks how bad it is wherever they're from. Like it's a war. Which it was - and they're on the same side.

There's a lesson in there for TV producers today. First, stop all the scornful, demonizing crap about benefits claimants. And then hire some presenters who actually understand what it's like to come from regional, working communities.

A standard opener for Jim is to ask someone where they're from, and then to follow this up by asking if there's much work there. This is a light entertainment show combining darts and trivia, and it shows more care and concern for working communities than anything we have today.
 

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It used to take him a long time to count out £150, a full 3-4 minute ad break :)
Absolutely loved that show growing up. My brother and I used to practice all the time to be able to hit 101 or more in 6 darts....
Also, the show was probably responsible for the sudden increase in people from Rotherham owning speedboats!!