BRITISH DARTS GAMESHOW
The first video clip features the opening titles and theme music from the show. Professional darts was very populat with TV audiences back in the eighties and darts players became big celebrities.
To cash in on this popularity, a game show called Bullseye was created for ITV which allowed the general public to compete for mostly rubbish prizes - I certainly remember watching the show most weeks with my family.
The star prize was often a speedboat (very handy if you lived in the midlands!) or a caravan, although occasionally there would be family car on offer such as a Talbot Samba or a Mini Metro.
The host Jim Bowen became famous for his catchphrases including "You can't beat a bit of bully!". Impressionists would often exaggerate his catchphrases and "Super, Smashing, Great!" was one such example.
In the penultimate game, the pair with the most points could throw darts for prizes. Jim Bowen would always say "Keep out of the black and in the red, there's nothing in this game for two in a bed". The announcer, Tony Green, also had many catchphrases including "Take your time, nice and easy, there's no rush", or something along those lines, at least.
After finishing the prize board game, the final two players would then choose whether to gamble the prizes they had just won to try and win the show's main prize. If they chose not to gamble, then the next pair would be called back in and asked if they would like to play.
To rub salt into the wounds, if the pair playing for the star prize lost, then Jim Bowen would dig out another one of his catchphrases "Let's have a look at what you could of one" before leading them over to the star prize - very cruel!Beer-bellied darts players such as Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson were big sports (?) celebrities in the 80s and made regular appearances on the show. Does anyone remember playing "Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge" on their Commodore 64 or Speccie?
Bullseye was first aired on ITV by the ATV network in 1981 and then by ATV's replacement network, Central, from 1982 until 1995. Re-runs of Bullseye (both the original and newer TV series) are regularly shown on the Freeview TV Channel Challenge.
Jim Bowen with the "Crafty Cockney" Eric Bristow
The first series of Bullseye in 1981 was shown on Monday Nights, before moving to a more cozy Sunday afternoon slot in 1982. Tony Green also joined the show as a scorekeeper in the same year, and his role grew as the series progressed through the years. In 1994 and '95, the series was moved to a Saturday afternoon before it's final airing with Jim Bowen on 8th July 1995.
The presenter of the revived series for Challenge, Dave Spikey, once appeared as a contestant in the original 1980s series. He also hosted the gameshow Chain Letters in 1997.
Jocky Wilson was one of many celebrity darts players to appear on Bullseye
Bully's Prize Board
The video clip above features the moment when the Bullseye Prize Board reveals eight prizes, plus Bully's special prize! Relish the moment when Tony Green shouts out "iiiiiiiin one" etc. So who had the worst prizes - Bullseye or Blankety Blank?