Snooker-themed TV game show Big Break could be on its way back

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21 Dec 2021, 08:18

Credit: BBC

Credit: BBC

It’s only a game so put up a real good fight, I’m gonna be snookering you tonight! 

If you sang those words rather than reading them, then you probably spent your Saturday evenings back in the 90s watching Big Break. You’ll also likely be interested to learn that the show could be returning to our screens.

The Sun reports that talks are currently taking place in order to get the snooker-themed entertainment programme back on our screens after 20 years (which is a very big break). It originally ran for 14 series on the BBC, with 17 Christmas specials, between 1991 and 2002.

If you don’t remember the show, or if you never saw it, then here’s the history lesson. Big Break was a game show based on snooker. Three members of the public would each be paired with a professional snooker player, with the contestants focusing on answering questions while their snooker-playing partner did their best to pot the balls in various different rounds. It was a popular prime-time weekend romp on the BBC.

Now, TalkSPORT host Andy Goldstein is at the forefront of the campaign for the show’s return, and he has persuaded legendary snooker player Jimmy White to fulfil the role previously taken by John Virgo. In the original show, Virgo was the host’s assistant, and the provider of excellent trick shots and a bit of banter.

It is believed that the host of the series back in the day, Jim Davidson, will not be returning.

According to The Sun, whilst the show may be coming back, it won’t be returning to the BBC. A source said: “Big Break is one of the most iconic shows in the Beeb’s history, but they don’t seem to be interested in bringing it back.

“Andy [Goldstein] is a huge snooker fan, and thinks with the sport’s ever-growing popularity now could be the right time to bring it back.

“The original was well-known for having icon John Virgo on board, so Andy has convinced Jimmy to play that role. They both hope a channel will give it another lease of life.”