Louis Theroux to produce a three-part ‘Gods of Snooker’ series


Louis Theroux to produce a three-part ‘Gods of Snooker’ series chronicling the famous rivalries between legends such as Steve Davis, Jimmy White and Ray Reardon in the 70s and 80s

  • Louis Theroux is the executive producer for the BBC series ‘Gods of Snooker’
  • Theroux has outlined his excitement at examining the glory days of the sport
  • Six-time champion Jimmy White has previously spoke of his crack cocaine use 

Louis Theroux will produce a deep dive into the world of snooker in the 1970s and 80s for an upcoming BBC documentary titled ‘Gods of Snooker’.

Theroux is the executive producer for the three-part series which will chronicle the rivalries between some of the greats of the game such as Steve Davis, Ray Reardon and Cliff Thorburn. 

‘The story of the heyday of snooker is a remarkable one filled with drama and angst and enormous talent,’ Theroux said, according to The Sun.

A new BBC documentary called ‘Gods of Snooker’ will focus on players such as Steve Davis (above) during the thrilling 1980s where the sport enthralled thousands

Iconic players such as Jimmy White (pictured) will also feature in the three-part series

Iconic players such as Jimmy White (pictured) will also feature in the three-part series

‘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.

‘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.

‘We’ve been privileged to work on this with almost all those stars of that time. It’s an amazing feeling and, quite honestly, not something I ever imagined.’ 

Jimmy White, who has previously opened up about his crack cocaine addiction during his playing days, will also feature in the series which is set for BBC2.

The six-time world champion revealed his drug use in his autobiography Second Wind, which was published in 2014.

He revealed that he would smoke it alongside fellow snooker player and close friend Kirk Stevens.

‘Jimmy White … snooker hero … people’s champion … crack addict. Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? But for about three crazy months it was true,’ he wrote.

‘I think Kirk tried it first but I’m my own man and I don’t blame anyone else for making me do something as stupid as smoking crack. The blame for that lies at my door only.

‘I had one sneaky account with NatWest. I started dipping into this every now and then to fund my crack habit. I did the lot in less than three months. Every penny.’ 

Ray Reardon, who won six titles in the 1970s, is also set to feature in the programme

Ray Reardon, who won six titles in the 1970s, is also set to feature in the programme

Davis was a six-time world champion in the 80s and rival White also won six titles

Davis was a six-time world champion in the 80s and rival White also won six titles

Theroux has detailed his excitement at exploring the snooker scene back in the 1980s

Theroux has detailed his excitement at exploring the snooker scene back in the 1980s

Davis is, like White, a six-time snooker world champion with all of his titles coming in the 80s. Reardon won six titles in the 1970s and Thorburn won it once in 1980. 

Theroux has fronted an array of extremely popular documentaries for BBC2, including one looking at the crimes committed by Jimmy Savile.

Other acclaimed documentaries Theroux has worked on include the adult entertainment industry, Scientology and crime in countries such as Lagos, America and South Africa.