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BBC announces snooker comedy drama feature The Rack Pack for iPlayer

27 September 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC has announces its very first feature-length comedy drama film for iPlayer, entitled The Rack Pack, which is set to star Luke Treadaway (Fortitude, Clash of the Titans), Will Merrick (About Time, Skins), Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show, A Few Best Men), Nichola Burley (Death Comes To Pemberley, Downton Abbey) and James Bailey (Downton Abbey).

Directed by Brian Welsh (Glasgow Girls, Black Mirror) the film explores the glory days of the Seventies and Eighties snooker scene, when huge characters became household names and Snooker Loopy troubled the pop charts. The story tells of the rivalry between Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins (Treadaway), whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country, and Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis (Merrick) who under the guidance of manager Barry Hearn (Bishop) dominated the sport throughout the Eighties and ushered in a new era of professionalism.

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Skins actor Will Merrick is playing Steve Davis in a BBC iPlayer snooker biopic

24 September 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Skins star Will Merrick will play Steve Davis in an upcoming snooker biopic set for BBC iPlayer.

The Rack Pack, a comedy drama feature film, centres on the '80s rivalry between Davis and Alex Higgins, portrayed by Luke Treadaway.

Kevin Bishop will appear as Davis's manager Barry Hearn, while Nichola Burley and James Bailey play Lynn Higgins and Jimmy White respectively.

Directed by Black Mirror's Brian Welsh, the project will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famous 1985 World Snooker final.

Controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen said: "BBC iPlayer offers a unique creative space for comedy of all shapes, sizes, tones and ambition - free of the traditional parameters of TV slots.

"Higgins was to snooker what George Best was to football - a Northern Irish folk hero whose mesmerising talent made for a fascinating world class champion on the snooker table, but his explosive personality made for »

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Downton Abbey final series premiere recap: Awks conversations and dastardly commoners

20 September 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Here we go, then. The countdown to one of the biggest TV finales in recent memory has kicked off, and it's as if Downton never went away.

The first episode of series six introduced new threats, resolved others, had a perfect Dowager put-down and made things look a little bit too rosy...

The fifth series of Downton left a nasty taste in the mouth regarding Anna's potential incarceration, and the worry was that it would continue to be stretched out in series six, but thankfully Julian Fellowes decided to bring in a deus ex machina in the form of another woman assaulted by the horrible Mr Green.

For now, it appears that Anna and Bates are finally free from danger, but of course they now have to deal with the fact that they can't have children. Can they just catch a break? Something tells me that a miracle baby »

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