The Rack Pack. Image shows from L to R: Steve Davis (Will Merrick), Alex Higgins (Luke Treadaway), Jimmy White (James Bailey). Copyright: Zeppotron.

The Rack Pack

BBC iPlayer comedy drama about snooker stars Steve Davis and Alex Higgins. 1 episode in 2016. Stars Luke Treadaway, Will Merrick, Kevin Bishop, Nichola Burley and James Bailey.

The Rack Pack. Image shows from L to R: Barry Hearn (Kevin Bishop), Steve Davis (Will Merrick), Alex Higgins (Luke Treadaway), Lynn Higgins (Nichola Burley), Jimmy White (James Bailey). Copyright: Zeppotron.

The Rack Pack

Comedy drama of the world of snooker in the 1970s and 80s, and the rivalry between Alex Higgins and Steve Davis

Genre
Comedy Drama
Published
2016
Platform
BBC iPlayer
Episodes
1
Starring
Luke Treadaway, Will Merrick, Kevin Bishop, Nichola Burley and James Bailey
Writers
Shaun Pye, Mark Chappell and Alan Connor
Director
Brian Welsh
Producers
Barney Reisz and Peter Holmes

The Rack Pack is a comedy drama exploring the glory days of the Seventies and Eighties snooker scene, when huge characters became household names and Snooker Loopy troubled the pop charts.

The story tells of the rivalry between Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country, and the interesting Steve 'The Nugget' Davis who under the guidance of manager Barry Hearn dominated the sport throughout the Eighties and ushered in a new era of professionalism.

Other characters include Alex's wife, Lynn Higgins, and the greatest player never to be World Champion, Jimmy White.

This rip roaring romp through the snooker scene of Eighties Britain is a celebration of the huge personalities of the time and an affectionate look at a gloriously nostalgic period of this very British sport.

In 1985, the climax of the world snooker final broadcast between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor on the BBC in the early hours of a Monday morning was watched by 18.5 million people in the UK, which remains a record for a post-midnight audience for any channel in the country.

2015 is the 30th anniversary of that final and The Rack Pack celebrates this by bringing the party to BBC iPlayer.

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