Bullseye (British game show)

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Bullseye was a British game show made by ATV and Central Television between 1981 and 1995, and hosted by Jim Bowen. In its prime, it was watched by around 15 million viewers on Sunday evenings.

Centred around darts, the show placed three pairs of contestants against one another to win prizes ranging from a new car or a speedboat to the consolation prize of a set of darts and a 'Bendy Bully', a rubber model of the show's mascot.

Each team had one question specialist and one darts player, and in the first round the darts players would throw at a board in which each segment represented a different category of question. In the second round, after the lowest scoring pair had been eliminated the darts players would throw three darts at a time at a normal dartboard, with the highest scoring team given the chance to convert the number of points scored to pounds by answering a general knowledge question. After three rounds of play the pair with the highest total goes through to the next round.

There then came a short break in which a professional darts player or, rarely, another sports person, threw nine darts, with the score converted to money for the charity of the final contestants choice. The next round of the competition saw the final pair faced with a large prizeboard containing black and red segments. The threw 9 darts and won a prize for each red segment they hit, with the bullseye representing 'Bully's special prize'. Having completed this round, the winning pair were presented with the choice of whether to gamble their winnings from the prize board for the mystery star prize hidden behind a screen in the studio. If they gambled, they then had six darts (three for each member of the team) to score 101 or more. Contestants who failed to reach 101 were then invited to "have a look what you would have won", by Jim. The star prize was usually a holiday, a car, a caravan or (in the earliest series) a speedboat.

The show was co-hosted by professional darts commentator Tony Green.

This series is not to be confused with the American Bullseye, which was an entirely different game. See Bullseye (American game show) for details.


Stay out of the black and into the red - nothing in this game for two in a bed

You can't beat a bit o'Bully!

External links

UK Gameshows Page: Bullseye (


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