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Sunday 1 March 2015

TV's Bowen recovering from strokes

Jim Bowen is on the mend after two strokes
Jim Bowen is on the mend after two strokes

Jim Bowen has said he has learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes.

The 73-year-old comedian, who fronted TV darts-themed quiz Bullseye for 15 years, has been released from hospital after seven weeks of treatment.

He was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancashire in February after suffering a mild stroke at his home and had a second stroke in hospital shortly afterwards.

He is now recovering at home in Lancaster with his wife, Phyllis, and undergoing intensive physiotherapy to regain use of the left side of his body.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said: "It came as a complete shock to me and everyone else - it's the same for anyone who has one. You don't think it's going to happen to you.

"It makes you realise very much that life is not a rehearsal and to appreciate all the things in life.

"The response and good wishes from everyone has been very surprising and overwhelming, and has certainly helped.

"My wife, Phyllis, has been totally supportive and without her I wouldn't be here. Now I am back home and just focusing on the job getting back to normal."

He also praised the care he received in hospital as "absolutely tremendous".

He landed his best-known role, as the presenter of ITV's Bullseye in 1981. His "super, smashing, great" and "now look what you could have won..." catchphrases helped turn him into a cult figure.

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