Davis v Taylor: The ’85 Black Ball Final – 16 May 2021 – 16/5/2021 – Sunday – BBC Two
A look back at one of British sport’s golden moments – the 1985 World Championship Snooker final. At its peak, over 18 and a half million people sat glued to their sets as Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor battled past midnight to a final and deciding black ball, BBC Two’s biggest ever audience.
Colin Murray journeys around the UK filling in the gaps on the first time that he was allowed to see the other side of midnight. Along the way he finds answers to questions such as where did Dennis’s ‘upside-down glasses’ actually come from? What really went on behind those dressing room doors? How did you spread the news in a world without mobile phones? And how different would the lives of the two protagonists have been if the result had been reversed that night?
Featuring contributions from Barry McGuigan, Ted Lowe, Stephen Hendry and Barry Hearn.
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