Big Break

BBC (ended 2002)



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Big Break

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Big Break is a British game show based around the game of snooker, it is presented by comedian Jim Davidson and former snooker player John Virgo. There are three contestants participating, each joined by a professional snooker player chosen at random. The contestant would answer the questions and the pro player would take care of the elements occurring on the snooker table.

The following are the rounds in Big Break:

Red Hot
Each contestant starts with ten seconds on their clock, they are then given three questions, for each one they get right ten seconds is added to their clock. The snooker player then has to pot as many of the 10 red balls in the time won by the contestants. The lowest scoring team is eliminated.

Virgo's Trick Shot
The contestant eliminated in Red Hot is given the chance to win a consolation prize, they have to recreate a trick shot performed by John Virgo.

Pocket Money
The snooker player would play by traditional snooker rules for ninety seconds. For every ball they potted it would be worth money for their contestant, the values in pounds were ten times the points in snooker (so the reds are worth £10, the yellow is £20 and so on). If the player missed a ball the contestant would have to answer a question before play is resumed, the category of the question is determined by which ball is missed. The lowest scoring team is eliminated.

• Red (Pot Luck)
• Yellow (Past)
• Green (Music)
• Brown (Places)
• Blue (People)
• Pink (Sports)
• Black (Screen)

Make or Break?
In the final it is down to the snooker player to eliminate all the balls from the table, playing by traditional snooker rules. For each colour they eliminate a prize is won for the contestant. To make things easier, the contestant is given the chance to eliminate up to five reds from the table by answering five questions, this will allow the player to reach the colours more quickly and win more prizes. There are ninety seconds for the contestant to answer the five questions and the player to eliminate the balls.

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  • A good classic TV show!

    Big Break is a good classic TV show which is now on challege TV on sky 124. I like the way people used to meet real snooker players that were champions. Recently I saw one were a snooker player you never see any more comes on called Alex Higgins. I like the way that it is differen't to the real snooker game. On this one people could cheared and have fun as on real snooker people have to be very quiet. My favorite game is the last one where they pot different coloured balls for prizes and have black for the mystery prize.moreless
  • A pretty good show.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless

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