Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s 2015 Jim Bowen Life Story Interview….
Jim Bowen is a Lancashire born ex-Deputy Headmaster with a natural flair for comedy in his own unique style.
Inspired by Ken Dodd in the 60’s, he worked as a ‘stand-up’ comedian on a part-time basis on the notorious Northern Club circuit.
The advent of Granada TV’s “The Comedians” gave Jim the opportunity to appear on National Television.
Granada’s “Wheeltappers and Shunters’ Social Club” followed leading to his most high profile job presenting Bullseye for ITV Central for 15 years.
More recently he’s presented shows for BBC Lancashire and toured as a top after dinner speaker at events and corporates.
In 2011 Jim suffered two strokes. He’s still recovering from another stroke in November 2014 turning 78 in 2015.
Enjoy an Exclusive life story interview with Jim and Alex Belfield:
Jim has appeared on endless TV shows including Thames Television’s late-night chat show ‘Take Two’, “Up For the Cup” and “Starburst” featured Jim together with “Summertime Special” and “Noel’s House Party”.
He was “Gotcha’d” by Noel as part of his Saturday night programme. Many other guest appearances followed including “Celebrity Squares”, “Pebble Mill”,” Family Fortunes”, “Des O’Connor Tonight” and numerous Christmas Television Specials.
Since his early years he has been an avid jazz fan and is probably the most frustrated trumpet player in the world!
He spent almost two decades cruising on QE2 with “The Hot Rhythm Orchestra” several times a year.
At present he is appearing on the Fred Olsen cruise ships where he is performing his “Evening With Jim Bowen” act which contains some of his hilarious recollections of his life in show business.
Interview by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 14th August 2015.