General knowledge game show where contestants team up with snooker stars testing their skill against the clock.
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Jim Davidson ...
 Himself / ... (7 episodes, 1991-1998)
John Virgo ...
 Himself - Referee / ... (7 episodes, 1991-1998)
John Parrott ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
...
 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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The show's theme tune was performed by Captain Sensible. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davidson: Explain the rules, JV.
John Virgo: Pot as many balls as you can.
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Connections

Spin-off Big Break Stars of the Future (1999) See more »

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The Snooker Song
(title theme)
From "The Hunting of the Snark"
Words and Music by Mike Batt
Sung by Captain Sensible
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Nice Snooker Stars . Oh Dear
30 April 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Snooker is a game similar to billiards played on a table 12 foot long by 6 foot wide . Six coloured balls make up a " T " with fifteen red balls shaped like a triangle placed about three quarters down the length of the table . The idea is to pot a red ball , then pot a coloured ball , red , coloured , red , coloured in that sequence with the player getting the most points winning that game which in snooker lingo is called a " frame " . It was absolutely phenominal in its popularity in the early 1980s and BIG BREAK is a quiz show cashing in somewhat belatedly on the popularity of the sport

The show is introduced by boring unfunny comedian Jim Davidson and former ( Not very successful ) snooker star John Virgo and the show revolves contestants answering general knowledge questions and depending how well they do the snooker player has to pot a certain amount of balls . If you`ve watched a single edition of this show you`ll know what the format is since - Like Davidson`s jokes - the format remains the same

My main gripe about the show is the very boring snooker players they have on the show . This sport has brought us some rogues over the years who have made more headlines on the front pages of newspapers than the back ones . I guess the producers don`t want to upset the contestants or have any scandals and that`s why Tony Knowles always gets paired up with the senior citizen . Yeah it`s only boring players like Steve Davis , John Parrot , Matthew Stevens and John Higgins . It`s a great pity the wild man of snooker Alex " Hurricane " Higgins never gets invited on , but I suppose that`s to do with the health concerns of the contestants , presenters , fellow snooker pros and audience members . I also doubt after this year`s world championship we`ll see Quintan Hann and Andy Hicks appear on the same show


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