Bullseyes and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain

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Darts is a sport in which small missiles/torpedoes/arrows/darts are thrown at a circular dartboard fixed to a wall. It is believed that it was first played in the 1860s in the United Kingdom. Nowadays there are 644 WDF registered players, and 679 PDA ranked players. There are even team events, such as PDC World Cup of Darts.

Through various boards and rules have been used in the past, the term darts has remained, and still refer to the standardized game involving a specific board design, set of darts, and set of rules.

And while the game first appeared in the United Kingdom, it wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s until it was popularized across Britain. At that time, the working-class pub game became a national obsession.

This documentary takes a look how television played a key role in elevating the game to larger-than-life status. Featuring some star players, it looks at the history of the game, and its cross-class and cross-gender appeal.

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