The British Bullseye
, with Jim Bowen
, was based on pub darts (which had become very widely popular during the 1980s, with Bullseye
quick to ride on the waves of that success) and was produced by Central Television for ITV
from 1981-95. Contestants answered knowledge questions and threw darts at a special dartboard. A revival
on Challenge TV ran from April-September 2006 with Dave Spikey as host, in the wake of renewed interest after the show was lampooned by Peter Kay
in his stand-up routine.
If the UK version of Gladiators
was the most popular Game Show
of the 1990s, then Bullseye
was the most popular of the 1980s. In fact, it was still widely popular up till its demise, sitting proudly alongside the Gladiators when they were at their peak.
It pretty much became an institution in itself; it was infamous for usually offering a speedboat as the grand prize, which would be useful down Wolverhampton
- All or Nothing: The final game. Contestants could gamble the prizes they'd won for a go at the Star Prize (if they were the first couple to be given the choice), or the winnings from the first two rounds (if they were the second or third). In later series, the first couple had to gamble any money won as well.
- Booby Prize: Only featured in the first series made by ATV. Whilst they more than likely never existed, Jim would tell them they've won a booby prize if the contestant's dart ended up in the green spaces of the board. Among these booby prizes was a half-sucked acid drop, tickets for the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and a date with the Ayatollah.
- Bonus Round: The players alternated throws at a special board numbered 1-8. Red spaces won prizes; black spaces not. The bullseye won "Bully's Special Prize", bigger than the other prizes but smaller than the Star Prize.
- Home Game
- Let's Just See What WOULD Have Happened: Had a notoriously cruel variation of this where, if the players failed to win the big prize, Jim Bowen would say "Let's see what you could've won!" and they would bring out the speedboat accompanied by a sad remix of the usual victory music.
- The Announcer: Tony Green, who doubled as the Scorer.
- Game Show Host: Jim Bowen for the original run, Dave Spikey on the Challenge version.
- Studio Audience: By the end of the original run, there was a five-year waiting list just to see a taping!
- Whammy / Zonk: The 1-point spaces which, due to using a real dartboard, were next to the 20s.
This show provides examples of: