Monday, 18 October 2010

Bring Back Bullseye - only this time do it properly!

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)

5 comments:

  1. I can't believe you....bloody bullseye! xxx

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    1. ANGELFACE you are STONEFACE as BULLSEYE was excellent you are rubbish.

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  2. I would bring back Bullseye but there's no way I would tamper with the format.

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    1. No way that dave spikey version was rubbish go back to the original ATV version as we want JIM BOWEN back

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  3. BULLSEYE was and is a legend it was created by ATV MIDLANDS in 1980 and ran for 15 years we want JIM BOWEN on a sunday as YOU CANT BEAT OF BULLY and sundays are not the same without him so come on CENTRAL bring this great show back or you might get your BFH and ATV will come back and make a better job than you ever did as we demand BULLSEYE back we are its fans so do it.

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