Steve Davis goes back to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to celebrate 40 years of Snooker’s World Championships.
If the walls of this famous Regional Theatre could talk they could tell some tales. Tales of tears, triumphs, failure, laughter and top-class sport.
As a six-time champion, Steve is uniquely placed to explain the addictive nature of snooker’s greatest championship. Held over 17 days with three sessions a day and no rest days, it is nearly as long as the Tour de France, longer than an Olympic Games and any of the other big sporting events.
Along the way Steve meets up with Dennis Taylor (who beat him in the famous black ball final, watched by a staggering 18 million people at one am in the morning); king of the Crucible Stephen Hendy, the seven-times winner; and always-the-bridesmaid Jimmy White, who missed out in a record six finals.
Davis also chats to Crucible superfan Stephen Fry – a regular at the Championships – plus Hazel Irvine, John Parrott and Lauren Higgins, who had a famous part in the 1982 final when her dad Alex brought her on stage as a baby following his win. There’s also loyal fan John Airey, who has hardly missed a session in Sheffield going all the way back to 1981!
As well as hearing from the great characters of the green baize, we also look back at many of the extraordinary moments again like Ronnie O’Sullivan’s five minute 147; Joe Johnson stunning Steve in the 1986 final, dancing shoes and all, and Cliff ‘the Grinder’ Thorburn with the Crucible’s first ever maximum.
Pictured is Steve Davis with Will Merrick, who played him in The Rack Pack
The Crucible: 40 Golden Snooker Years airs on Sunday 23 April 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.