Timeshift: Bullseyes & Beer: When Darts Hit Britain TV - Martin Amis - Stephen Fry TV - Keith Waddell TV - Phil Taylor: The Greatest TV -
1980: A new decade had dawned ... On a cold Saturday night in February the eyes of Britain were focused on a small cabaret club in Stoke on Trent. Timeshift: Bullseyes and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain, BBC 2014
It was television that for two decades launched darts into our living rooms. ibid.
A traditional working class pub game had become a national obsession. ibid.
A casual darter or arrowman all his life, right back to the bald board on the kitchen door, Keith had recently got serious. He’d always thrown for his pub, of course, and followed the sport: you could almost hear angels singing when, on those special nights (three or four times a week), Keith laid out the cigarettes on the arm of the couch to watch darts on television. But now he had designs on the other side of the screen. To his own elaborately concealed astonishment, Keith found himself in the Last Sixteen of the Sparrow Masters, an annual interpub competition which he had nonchalantly entered some months ago, on the advice of various friends and admirers. Martin Amis, London Fields
Barnstorming, high-octane power-fuelled excitement. Stephen Fry, cited A Little Bit of Fry & Waddell, Sky Sports 2016
I’m like a pig in Chardonnay. Stephen Fry, darts commentary
‘This is super-cally-non-fragile-ballistics.’ Sid Waddell, darts commentary
This lad has more checkouts than Tesco’s. He looks about as happy as a penguin in a microwave. Sid Waddell
That’s like giving Dracula the keys to the blood bank. Sid Waddell
Steve Beaton – the Adonis of darts – what poise, what elegance; a true Roman gladiator with plenty of hair wax. Sid Waddell
The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in, with a portion of chips ... you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them. Sid Waddell
He may practice 12 hours a day, but he’s not shy of the burger van! Sid Waddell
Darts players are probably a lot fitter than most footballers in overall body strength. Sid Waddell
Phil Taylor wins for the 16th time. 2018 world championship will be his last. This is the story of a remarkable sportsman. Phil Taylor: The Greatest, captions, Sky 2020
I worked in a factory from 7.30-4pm making ceramics. ibid. Taylor
When he [Eric Bristow] came into the room, I was terrified of him. ibid.
World Title 1 1990: Taylor 6-1 Bristow. ibid.