Louis Theroux announces new documentary series and it's a Big Break from the norm

By James Fenton

March 4, 2021 at 12:52pm

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Louis Theroux has revealed plans for a new documentary series that will explore the fascinating world of snooker in the 1980s.

In what is a Big Break (snooker fans will appreciate that one) from the usual Louis Theroux output, the three-part series will feature interviews with some of the greats of the game's 1980s era such Steve Davis, Cliff Thorburn and Ray Reardon. The decade saw snooker hit the mainstream, helped by the wild antics of some of its stars, such as Northern Ireland's Alex Higgins.

While Gods of Snooker will produced by Louis's company Mindhouse, he won't actually be appearing on camera. Still, with the presenter's fingerprints on the project, it's sure to be must-watch TV.

Speaking about the upcoming series, Louis said: "The story of the heyday of snooker is a remarkable one filled with drama and angst and enormous talent.

“I get most excited about those that are the most human: Conflict, triumph, disaster — all the big emotions — played out before your eyes. And you have that here.

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“I’m old enough to remember the 1985 (World Championship) black-ball final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis. I was 15 and everyone was talking about it at school."

One for snooker and Theroux fans alike.

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