BBC iPlayer’s first ever comedy drama feature goes live this week, telling the story of one of the greatest sporting rivalries of all time.
Back in the Seventies and Eighties, the snooker scene was at its peak, with the likes of Steve Davis and Alex Higgins household names. 18.5 million tuned in to see the world snooker final on BBC in 1985, a figure which remains a post-midnight TV record to this day. If all that seems difficult to believe, remember Snooker Loopy reached number six in the UK singles chart at the time.
Rack Pack tells the story of the great rivalry between Davis and Higgins, in a celebration of the sport’s glory days, 30 years on from that epic final.
Luke Treadaway stars as the ever-popular ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, a man whose mesmerising talent and showmanship captivated audiences, despite his explosive personality away from the table. Yet for all Higgins’ brilliance and popularity, it was ice-cool Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis who dominated the sport throughout the Eighties. Davis went on to win six World Championships between 1981 and 1989, with the help of manager Barry Hearn, played by Kevin Bishop.
The lives of the two snooker greats is retold in what has been described as a ‘rip-roaring romp’ through the snooker scene, celebrating the colourful personalities and dramatic contests of snooker’s greatest era.
Despite the tensions between Davis and Higgins, the Rack Pack spins this tale in an affectionate manner, with a thrilling and funny story in an attempt to engage a younger audience in the world of snooker.
Rack Pack is available now on BBC iPlayer