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