Big Break

Big Break Theme ( 1992 )

Big Break is a British game show based around the game of snooker, mixed with traditional game show elements. It was broadcast on BBC1 between 30 April 1991 and 9 October 2002.The show was presented by comedian Jim Davidson and former snooker player, later commentator, John Virgo, who was known for being the butt of many of Davidson’s jokes.

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Cast

 
Jim Davidson Jim Davidson  Himself / …7 episodes, 1991-1998
John Virgo John Virgo  Himself – Referee / …7 episodes, 1991-1998
John Parrott John Parrott  Himself3 episodes, 1998-2002
Steve Davis Steve Davis  Himself3 episodes, 2001-2002
Joe Johnson Joe Johnson  Himself2 episodes, 1991-1994
Jimmy White Jimmy White  Himself2 episodes, 1993-1998
Ken Doherty Ken Doherty  Himself1 episode, 1993
Terry Griffiths Terry Griffiths  Himself1 episode, 1993

It’s only a game, so
Put up a real good fight,
I’m gonna be snookering you tonight.
I’m famed for my aim, so
Y’better believe I’m right,
I’m gonna be snookering you,
Snookering you tonight!

I could spend days
Gazing across the balze at you,
You’ll never win
When I begin
My break of fifty-eight
(or maybe more, who can be sure?)To say it’s a frame-up
Wouldn’t be fair or right,
I’m gonna be snookering you tonight.
Resist me in vain, but
Victory’s in my sight,
I’m gonna be snookering you,
Snookering you tonight!Love is a game
Snooker’s the same so join the queue,
Ged a good grip
Don’t let it slip
And think about the pink
(Don’t let a red go to your head!)

It’s only a game, so
Put up a real good fight,
I’m gonna be snookering you,
Snookering you tonight!
To say it’s a frame-up
Wouldn’t be fair or right,
I’m gonna be snookering you,
Snookering you tonight!Love is a game
Snooker’s the same so join the queue,
Ged a good grip
Don’t let it slip
And think about the pink
(Don’t let a red go to your head!)It’s only a game, so
Put up a real good fight,
I’m gonna be snookering you,
Snookering you tonight!Snookering you, snookering you tonight!
Snookering you, snookering you tonight!

The show’s theme song is The Snooker Song, from the musical The Hunting of the Snark composed by Mike Batt and performed by Captain Sensible.
The show was renowned for its light-hearted and comedic tone for many reasons. One of which was the chemistry between Davidson and Virgo, in which Davidson would frequently mock Virgo for his dress-sense or personality. This made many viewers sympathetic for Virgo. After introducing and chatting to each contestant, they would randomly select a ball from a bag Davidson was holding. The bag contained a red ball, a yellow ball and a blue ball. Each coloured ball represented a professional snooker player who Virgo would introduce.

A mini-game consisted of Virgo setting up a trick shot for the losing contestant. After demonstrating the shot, Virgo would set the shot up again for the player to attempt. Prizes included binoculars, clock radios and champagne.

Country: UK
Language: English
Release Date: 30 April 1991 (UK)

The show’s theme tune was performed by Captain Sensible

[repeated line]
Jim Davidson: Say “Goodnight”, JV.
John Virgo: Goodnight, JV.

Jim Davidson: Explain the rules, JV.

John Virgo: Pot as many balls as you can.

FJim Davidson: [Referring to John Virgo] That waistcoat is a Nodad – as in “No Dad, don’t make me wear that”.

Each show began with Davidson performing a brief stand-up comedy routine before introducing the contestants. Three pairs of chairs were on the left of the studio, where the contestants and snooker players would sit in their teams. At the center of the set was a full-size snooker table which was used in each round. A question board and desk would appear from a back wall during the second round.

Filming Location

Big Break was  filmed at The BBC Television Centre, London

QUIZ

Big Break was hosted by comedian Jim Davidson, with former snooker player John Virgo as the assistant
But What other Comedian and Snooker Player Presented the unbroadcast pilot that was filmed in May 1990

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