Snooker

1:30pm Sunday 2 December on BBC TWO

Last year, Judd Trump won a thrilling UK Championship final against Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen.

Since then, he’s moved up the rankings and has established himself at the top of the game. This afternoon, the number one seed starts the defence of his title against one of the qualifiers. Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage from the Barbican Centre in York.

Hazel Irvine then introduces highlights 00.00-00:50 BBC Two and Snooker Extra 00.50-02.50 BBC Two.

Coverage then continues daily though the week.

An IMG Media Scotland production for BBC Sport

1:00pm Saturday 1 December on BBC ONE

The UK Championship, the second most prestigious event on the World Snooker calendar, gets underway today from the Barbican Centre in York.

Three-time UK Champion John Higgins opens up proceedings against a qualifier in a best-of-11-frames match. Hazel Irvine introduces the action.

Commentators/Guests: Steve Davis, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, John Virgo, Ken Doherty, Neal Foulds and Stephen Hendry.

Coverage continues 16:30-17:30 on BBC Two, where three former UK Champions are in action this afternoon – John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Stephen Maguire.

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights 23:30-00:20 BBC Two and Snooker Extra 00.20-02.20 BBC Two.

An IMG Media Scotland production for BBC Sport

2:30pm From Saturday 16 April on BBC ONE

Hazel Irvine, Steve Davis and John Parrott present coverage as the 17-day tournament from Sheffield gets under way

1:55pm Sunday 16 January on BBC TWO

Hazel Irvine, Steve Davis and John Parrott introduce all the action from the snooker final as the winner looks forward to picking up a cheque for �150,000

BBC Sport’s coverage of the 2010 World Championship Snooker tournament begins on Saturday 17 April on BBC Two, live and exclusive from The Crucible, in Sheffield.

Day one will see John Higgins begin his defence of the World Championship trophy as he bids to secure the title for a fourth time.

Guiding viewers through the action for the 17-day tournament will be Hazel Irvine and Rishi Persad, who will be joined in the studio by Steve Davis, John Parrott and Ken Doherty. Both six-time champion Davis and 1997 champion Doherty, will be combining TV duties with their own campaigns for the trophy.

Expert commentary will be provided by Dennis Taylor, John Virgo, Willie Thorne, Neal Foulds, Terry Griffiths and Clive Everton.

BBC Red Button coverage will give snooker fans access to daily live action as well as Snooker On The Red, a weekday highlights programme shown at 6pm.

Hosted by Rob Walker, Snooker On The Red will give viewers the opportunity to catch up with all the action from the morning session.

BBC Sport website will also offer live streaming from the Championship (UK only) at bbc.co.uk/snooker, as well as details of the full BBC schedule across TV, online and Red Button.

This year will also mark the 25th anniversary of one British sport’s golden moments – the 1985 World Championship Snooker final. The BBC will be marking this occasion with a documentary called Eightyfive – The Final, on Sunday 2 May, 7-7.50pm.

At its peak, over 18.5 million people sat glued to their sets as Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor battled past midnight to a final and deciding black ball.

The documentary will follow Colin Murray as he journeys around the UK filling in the gaps on the first time that he was allowed to see the other side of midnight.

Along the way, he finds answers to questions such as: Where did Dennis’s “upside-down glasses” actually come from?; What really went on behind those dressing room doors?; How do you spread good news in a world without mobile phones?; and how different would the lives of those two protagonists been, if the result had have been reversed that night?

There are contributions from, among others, Barry McGuigan, David Icke, Ted Lowe, Stephen Hendry and Barry Hearn.

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