Titans Of The Baize - Wales' Snooker Obsession

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2020120320201204 (RW)Fifty years ago, Tredegar boy Ray Reardon lifted snooker's World Championship trophy for the first time. He'd go on to be world champion no fewer than five more times in the 1970s, as Wales dominated the highest levels of the sport. Since that time, players like Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy, Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens have reached the very pinnacle of the game - making snooker one of our nation's greatest sporting success stories.

Comedian Mike Bubbins sets out to investigate our nation's love affair with snooker, exploring the origins and social history of the men's and women's game in Wales - and trying to figure out why we're just so damn good at it. Featuring a brand new interview with the legendary Ray Reardon, as well as contributions from Dennis Taylor, Dominic Dale and Jamie Clarke. We also hear from women's snooker expert and former elite amateur player Janie Watkins, and sports historian Luke Harris.

Producer: Steven Rajam
An Overcoat Media production for BBC Wales.

Mike Bubbins explores Wales's love affair with snooker with Ray Reardon and Dennis Taylor.

2020120320210116 (RW)Fifty years ago, Tredegar boy Ray Reardon lifted snooker's World Championship trophy for the first time. He'd go on to be world champion no fewer than five more times in the 1970s, as Wales dominated the highest levels of the sport. Since that time, players like Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy, Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens have reached the very pinnacle of the game - making snooker one of our nation's greatest sporting success stories.

Comedian Mike Bubbins sets out to investigate our nation's love affair with snooker, exploring the origins and social history of the men's and women's game in Wales - and trying to figure out why we're just so damn good at it. Featuring a brand new interview with the legendary Ray Reardon, as well as contributions from Dennis Taylor, Mark Williams, Terry Griffiths, Jamie Clarke and Welsh women's no.2 Sharon Lewis.

Sports historian Luke Harris, journalist and snooker aficionado Abi Davies and former World Championship Quarter-Finalist Dominic Dale fill in the social background - plus we revel in some of the sport's most famous moments from the archive: from 70s TV staple Pot Black, to THAT black-ball final of 1985...

Producer: Steven Rajam
An Overcoat Media production for BBC Wales.

Mike Bubbins explores Wales's love affair with snooker with Ray Reardon and Dennis Taylor.

2020120320210111 (RW)Fifty years ago, Tredegar boy Ray Reardon lifted snooker's World Championship trophy for the first time. He'd go on to be world champion no fewer than five more times in the 1970s, as Wales dominated the highest levels of the sport. Since that time, players like Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy, Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens have reached the very pinnacle of the game - making snooker one of our nation's greatest sporting success stories.

Comedian Mike Bubbins sets out to investigate our nation's love affair with snooker, exploring the origins and social history of the men's and women's game in Wales - and trying to figure out why we're just so damn good at it. Featuring a brand new interview with the legendary Ray Reardon, as well as contributions from Dennis Taylor, Mark Williams, Terry Griffiths, Jamie Clarke and Welsh women's no.2 Sharon Lewis.

Sports historian Luke Harris, journalist and snooker aficionado Abi Davies and former World Championship Quarter-Finalist Dominic Dale fill in the social background - plus we revel in some of the sport's most famous moments from the archive: from 70s TV staple Pot Black, to THAT black-ball final of 1985...

Producer: Steven Rajam
An Overcoat Media production for BBC Wales.

Mike Bubbins explores Wales's love affair with snooker with Ray Reardon and Dennis Taylor.

Fifty years ago, Tredegar boy Ray Reardon lifted snooker's World Championship trophy for the first time. He'd go on to be world champion no fewer than five more times in the 1970s, as Wales dominated the highest levels of the sport. Since that time, players like Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy, Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens have reached the very pinnacle of the game - making snooker one of our nation's greatest sporting success stories.

Comedian Mike Bubbins sets out to investigate our nation's love affair with snooker, exploring the origins and social history of the men's and women's game in Wales - and trying to figure out why we're just so damn good at it. Featuring a brand new interview with the legendary Ray Reardon, as well as contributions from Dennis Taylor, Mark Williams, Terry Griffiths, Jamie Clarke and Welsh women's no.2 Sharon Lewis.

Mike Bubbins explores Wales's love affair with snooker with Ray Reardon and Dennis Taylor.