There’s no excuse – apart from going to work and having a life – for missing any of the Betfred.com World Championship.
The BBC and Eurosport will provide hour after hour of coverage in the UK and Europe with Chinese TV also taking live matches.
The BBC, who instituted live daily coverage from the Crucible 32 years ago, start their terrestrial programming on BBC2 at 2.30pm on Saturday.
The interactive streams on Freeview, cable and satellite and the BBC website (for UK viewers only) start at 10am.
On week days, Eurosport are showing one table in each session on the main channel and the other on Eurosport 2. It’s also all live on eurosportplayer.com.
In the meantime, I thought we could get in the mood by watching some old stuff on Youtube.
First up, from the days before the theme tune got pimped, a montage of winners from 1977 to 1994.
A little talked about match from 1985.
Stephen Hendry becoming the youngest ever champion in 1990.
The first Embassy final.
Some classic Alex Higgins aggro.
Joe Johnson’s remarkable 1986 triumph.
Here’s the BBC’s most fondly remembered musical item (surely due an update).
People forget how close the 1982 final was.
Some cheer for Jimmy White fans.
Five minutes of genius.
The best match-saving break of all time.
And finally, John Virgo’s impressions of the stars of the 1980s, which were a regular feature of the World Championship back then.