Bullseye


Welcome to our section about the gameshow Bullseye

 

FACTFILE
ON THE AIR 28th September 1981 - 8th July 1995
ORIGINAL CHANNEL ITV
PRODUCTION COMPANY ATV
Central Television
NUMBER OF EPISODES 332
PRODUCTION LOCATIONS  
CAST Full Cast Listings
   
MISSING BELIEVED WIPED N/A - All episodes still in existance
ARCHIVE HOLDERS ITV PLC
ITV Archives
104 Kirkstall Road
Leeds
LS3 1JS

clipsales@itv.com
http://www.itvarchive.com
 
THEME TUNE Instrumental
   
HELD IN THE BRITSET ARCHIVES  

 

 

Bullseye was a gameshow based on darts. The show was presented by comedian Jim Bowen and had three coupels competing with one of the couple being the darts player and the other answering general knowledge questions.

The first half of the show had two parts, the first was a catagory board where the the dart player would be asked to hit a certain section of the dartboard on what the question taker wanted. If the dart player hit the category the other contestant would get a bonus and a question, if they hit another section the question taker could still answer a question on the subject hit as long as that catagory was still available (once a catagory was hit there was no further chance to answer questions on it). In the earlier series the lowest scoring couple at the end of this round would be eliminated (they recieved bullseye darts and their score as cash)

The second part of the first half was played on a traditional match dartboard. Each dartplayer in turn would throw and the highest scorer would get their partner the question. In earlier series the questions were worth a set amount although this was later changed so that the amount earned was the value of the darts scored (providing that they got the question right). The highest scoring couple would get to take part in the second half of the show. The couple (later couples) got a tankard or a goblet for a woman, later these were joined by bendy Bully's (a toy version of the shows mascot).

 

The second half started off with a professional dart player throwing for charity. The professional got to throw nine darts and if they scored over 301 this was doubled and given to the charity chosen by the winning couple. The darts player were also playing for a trophy called the Bronze Bully which the professional dart player with the highest score got to keep it for a year. On ocassion instead of the professional dart player they would have a celebrity throw instead, their scores were usually really low despite them being given a 60 points head start.

Following this was Bully's prize board where the winning couple got nine darts to try and win prizes by hitting the red areas of a special board. The prizes were often low valued and they were introduced by Bowen beforehand often in comic tone, the low prize values were in part due to restrictions in place by the Independent Broadcadting Authority about the value or prizes on television.

The final section was where the winning couple were offered a gamble, their prizes won for a chance to win the star prize. In order to win they needed to score 101 or more with six darts, three for the non darts player and then three for the darts player. The star prizes could consist of a holiday, car, caravan or even a speedboat. If the couple lost they would still keep their money and tankards (and bully) but lost the prizes. By series 11 the couples money was at stake too with Jim saying if they lost they only got BFH - Bus Fare Home

 If the couple chose to take their prizes and run the first runner up was given the chance followed by the second runnners up if required.

 

BULLSEYE - BEHIND THE SCENES - 1987

These images are from a trailer for ITV Schools when the programmes were moving to Channel Four. ITV Schools programmes were transmitted by Central hence the shots from the bullseye set

 

   
  Bullseye - Behind the Scenes
1987
ITV PLC

 



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