Oche computer: Darts At Home shows vital importance of bells and whistles

PDC’s commendable new idea, in which stars of the game play from their own homes, is undone by nonexistent production values, shonky wifi and a total absence of atmosphere Threw the Keyhole. One of several tricks missed by the Professional Darts Corporation as it brought competitive sport to the bored masses, the failure to name its new tournament in homage to the quiz show that invites viewers to snoop around the houses of unidentified celebrities seemed a comparatively minor oversight by the end of an opening evening that featured more missed notes than doubles. On the face of it, Darts at Home is a terrific idea. With sports fans already tired of watching bored footballers juggling toilet roll on social media, the PDC hit upon the wheeze of staging a competition in which upwards of 130 of the world’s elite tungsten titans face each other from the sanctuary of their respective houses. To paraphrase the former oche announcer, Martin Fitzmaurice: “Lets ... play ... socially ... responsible ... darts!”