Louis Theroux Is Taking A Deep Dive Into The World Of Snooker
Some time during lockdown, a t-shirt emerged on social media. It was simple, just a cotton tee, nothing flashy, but printed on it was Louis Theroux’s face and the words: “I’ve got to get Theroux this.” That everyone immediately started scrambling to purchase such a thing says a lot about the human psyche, but it says even more about how we feel about the famed documentarian Louis Theroux: the man is adored. If anyone could get us through lockdown, it’s him.
For many, Theroux is absolutely the pinnacle of success. Throughout his career, he’s pioneered a kind of awkward, somewhat gonzo, style of journalism that resonates with audiences. From his mannerisms to his nonsensical fumbling, he always manages to pull it off with class. With his disarming style, he’s managed to interview a range of people from all walks of life and now, he’s set his sights on the world of professional snooker.
A brand new documentary from Theroux is in the works, titled Gods of Snooker. It’s set to air on BBC Two and will take a deep dive into the sport during the 1970s and 80s, looking at some of the biggest names to emerge in snooker from this time, including the likes of Steve Davis and Jimmy White.
Theroux announced the news but revealed he wouldn’t be appearing on camera for the documentary. That said, he’s “very excited to be involved”. In a statement, Theroux said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this documentary series. The story of the heyday of snooker is a remarkable one filled with drama and angst and enormous talent. For the documentaries I’m involved in, I get most excited about those that are the most human: conflict, triumph, disaster, all the big emotions, played out before your eyes, and you have that here on a scale that is both epic – the national stage – but also intimate – the hush of the snooker hall.”
Theroux added: “I’m old enough to remember the 1985 black ball final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis. I was 15 and everyone was talking about it at school. But that was just one of the many high-points in an era when god-like talent came to earth in the form of the professional snooker player. Just to add: we’ve been privileged to work on this with almost all those stars of that time. To say I’ve been involved in a documentary series with Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, to name just a few, is an amazing feeling and quite honestly not something I ever imagined.”
Currently, Gods of Snooker has no release date but you can guarantee that this will be one documentary series we’ll be tuning in to watch.