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Pot Black

WHISPERING TED LOWE and his “just behind the green” black and white accounting shenanigans were chief in this Matchroom-helmed flowering of snooker, wherein assorted postman types and Australians indulged in hours of safety play, introduced by ALAN WEEKS after another from the wide selection of classic BBC sporting theme tunes, Ivory Rag. And while people complain about the lack of characters in today’s game, the early days were very much lacking in true star quality – Alex Higgins was fast and flamboyant, Ray Reardon had odd teeth, and that’s about it. JUNIOR POT BLACK later arrived to field a number of gawky future stars in badly measured outfits.

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  1. Richardpd

    July 24, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Supposedly it was commissioned as it would encourage viewers to switch to colour TV.

    Some players didn’t like appearing on it because the heat of the studio lights dried out the baize & made the balls roll faster than they were used to.

    I’ve seen a clip of Stephen Hendry on Junior Pot Black looking even more awkward then he did when he first turned professional.

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