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TV highlights: 07/05/2012

6 May 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Live Snooker: The World Championship | Britain Beware | Small Teen Turns Eighteen | Behind the Burly Q | Game of Thrones | 10 Things I Hate About 1999

Live Snooker: The World Championship

7.30pm, BBC2

In recent years, a new guard has dominated in snooker, an extraordinary number of them called "Mark". However, week one of this year's tournament saw eight out of the 16 top seeds tumble, leaving the field wide open, not least for old campaigners such as a newly focused Ronnie O'Sullivan and seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry, both performing strongly at the time of writing. Expect to be drawn to the lure of the baize as the championships reach their quietly nerve-shredding climax. David Stubbs

Britain Beware

10.15pm, ITV1

The Central Office of Information spent 65 years warning Britons against polythene bags, inflammable clothes, heroin and Aids, among innumerable other perils, but could not prevent its own demise: it was axed last year, a victim of austerity. »

- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold, Rebecca Nicholson, Martin Skegg

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Snooker Ace Hendry Retires

1 May 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Snooker superstar Stephen Hendry has retired from the sport he once dominated following his latest defeat.

Once considered the greatest snooker player ever, Hendry announced he would be walking away from competitive play on Tuesday after losing his appetite for the game.

The decision came following his world championship defeat at the hands of Stephen Maguire on Monday.

He tells the The Telegraph newspaper, "It was quite an easy decision... I want to do other things. I’ve got a lot of commitments now in China, which I’ve signed up for and I can’t do that and play snooker because I would never be at home."

The 43 year old became the world's number one player at 21 and remained at the top of the leader board for a decade. »

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