When Snooker Ruled the World

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Published on 24th March 2016 by

This 2002 BBC documentary takes a looked back at the so called golden era of snooker in the 1970s and 1980s.

By the 80s snooker had become the number one televised sport in the uk with stars such Steve Davis, Alex Higgins and Jimmy White profiting from the sport’s incredible rise. This documentary explores the reasons for snooker’s moment in the spotlight.

One of the most apparent reasons for snooker’s success during this time was the popularity of colour television. The BBC’s Pot Black program also introduced the sport’s biggest stars to a national audience and with the introduction of business Mogul Barry Hearn, snooker went from pub game to breaking a ratings record for the 1985 World Championship Final.

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