There comes a time in every man's life when he has to take up arms and dedicate himself to a noble cause. However, as I couldn't find one of those, I'm going to dedicate myself to this instead.
We all (British readers, anyway) remember Bullseye, that great 80s game show with Jim Bowen and Bully (who, for the benefit of a certain reader who shall remain anonymous, was not, in point of fact, a hippo). I certainly loved it when I was a kid.
Ok, granted, it was a pretty budget show; one got the impression that they had to pause filming periodically to sellotape Bully's prize board back on to the wall, or send a member of the production team down the bookies to put a bet on if it looked like a contestant would win more than £200, but then back in those days darts players could still smoke on stage, the BDO was the only top-flight organisation and Phil Taylor had a mullet. It was what Big Break would have been like, had it been produced in the early 60s.
An attempt was made at a revival around 2005, but it stuck to much the same format and probably the same props, dusted off after a decade at the back of a shed.
Darts now is growing in popularity and financial clout all the time; would this not be a great time for the PDC to step in and provide a proper, well funded, darts-based gameshow, using the cracking bunch of players which the PDC now has at its disposal?
The time is right, and given the ever-growing TV audiences for darts there must be a market for such a show. It needn't (and indeed almost certainly shouldn't) be a direct knock-off of the old Bullseye; it could have a new format, new set, new players, new prizes, new games and still do what the old Bullseye did so well - introduce new people to darts. After all, the first time I ever watched darts was not a televised championship but an episode of Bullseye.
If anyone from the PDC is reading this (and I hope you are - I don't write this blog for nothing. Oh, wait...) I would ask you to consider the potential that a well designed, well funded, well supported new darts gameshow could have, in these days when darts has never been more popular.
Come on Barry - Bring Back Bully! :o)