Big Break (1991–2002)

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General knowledge game show where contestants team up with snooker stars testing their skill against the clock.

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Jim Davidson ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1991-1998)
John Virgo ...
 Himself - Referee / ... (6 episodes, 1991-1998)
John Parrott ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
Steve Davis ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
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General knowledge game show where contestants team up with snooker stars testing their skill against the clock.

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30 April 1991 (UK)  »

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The show's theme tune was performed by Captain Sensible. See more »

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[repeated line]
Jim Davidson: Say "Goodnight", JV.
John Virgo: Goodnight, JV.
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Featured in Iris (2001) See more »

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Saturday night will never be the same if you can't 'sink the pink' and 'down the brown'
8 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't even know why this show was axed - the great duo of dour and deadpan John Virgo as the referee, and manic 'cheekie chappie' Jim Davidson as the host and quiz master, plus a mix of general knowledge quiz and snooker - it was never unpopular. The most likely cause of its axing would have to have been the BBC deciding, in its own 'poliitcally correct' manner, that Jim Davidson was an inappropriate figure to be hosting one of their shows. In fairness Jim is a little risqué with his jokes, and the Beeb maybe felt it could not give recognition to someone who makes a living talking about "the bloody frogs" etc, but the point is, as a comedy talent on a family show, Davidson was pretty impressive, especially in his banter with Virgo, which rivals the Paul Merton - Ian Hislop double act on Have I Got News For You.

The format is pretty simple - 4 rounds of different formats whittle down the three initial contestant / snooker pro duos, to eventually find a winner and what that winner will take home. Although the real characters of the game were never given that much scope to entertain, it was nice to see players from the past showing they could still do it

  • Masters Veterans like Ray Rearden and Dennis Taylor were regular


guests. One memorable quirk was when the first contestant to be eliminated could pick up a consolation prize in the 'Trick Shot' round, where John Virgo would demonstrate a trick shot, and invite the contestant to repeat it. This was always done with great enthusiasm and was a real crowd pleaser, especially when the contestant got it right after Virgo had fluffed the demonstration himself! The trivia part was always interesting, as were the skills shown by the various snooker stars who made guest appearances, but the best element was always the John and Him combination. They just looked like they were having such a good time, and that's the point of Saturday night TV, I don't want to know how smart I am (Test the Nation), I don't buy lottery tickets, and every time Ant and Dec hit the screen I reach for my revolver. BB was good clean fun, and its a crime that Aunty saw fit to give it the boot.


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