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Set The Video: Alex Higgins – The People’s Champion, BBC Two, Wednesday, 1 September, 9pm

By johnberesford on August 31st, 2010 0 comments yet. Be the First

higgins.jpgTo be crushingly blunt, there’s pretty much no snooker player ever who is worth watching a documentary about, unless you’re a fan of the sport. However, Alex Higgins: The People’s Champion (BBC Two, Wednesday, 1 September, 9pm) should buck the trend.


Alex Higgins was one of the most gifted sportsmen who ever lived. However, along with his talent was a desire for hedonism and self destruction.

With Higgins, controversy was never far away in his life.

The twice world snooker champion died last July aged 61 after a long battle with throat cancer and it is here that we see a tribute paid to the great (but flawed) man.

We’ll get to look back at some of his mesmerising displays on the table, as well as hearing from Jimmy White, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Ray Reardon.

Well worth a watch, even if you’re not a fan of snooker.

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