Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Jim Bowen @ 80 Interview….
In August 2017, Jim Bowen turns 80!
What a life and career! He’s one of the most loved stand-up comedian and TV personality, after an earlier career as a schoolteacher.
He’s best known as the long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye, which he hosted from its beginning in September 1981 until the end of its 14th series in July 1995.
This interview was featured in the Mirror on the 18th August 2017. READ HERE!
Find out more about Jim Bowen HERE!
Enjoy an EXCLUSIVE 80th Birthday interview with Jim & Alex via YouTube:
While teaching, Bowen became involved with the local dramatic society which kindled his interest in show business.
In the 1960s, he worked part-time as a stand-up comedian on the northern club circuit, balancing his comedy career with his day job as a teacher.
Here’s the interview in the Daily Mirror 18th August 2017:
The advent of Granada TV’s The Comedians gave him the opportunity to appear on national television which ultimately helped persuade him to become a full-time entertainer.
Television opportunities followed, and he made appearances on Granada’s The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club as well as Thames Television’s late-night chat show Take Two.
Bowen was born in Heswall, Wirral in Cheshire, adopted by Joe and Annie Whittaker of Clayton-le-Moors, and educated at Accrington Grammar School in Lancashire and Chester Diocesan Training College.
At fifteen years old, he worked as a dustman in Burnley, and then trained as a PE teacher at schools in Lancashire, before becoming a deputy headmaster of Caton Primary School near Lancaster.
In 1959, Bowen married his work colleague, Phyllis, who was also a P.E. teacher and they later had two children, Susan and Peter.
Interview recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 10th August 2017.