Dennis Taylor shot to fame after winning the 1985 Snooker World Championship final. It was not so much the win but the manner in which it was done; beating the World number one at the time Steve Davis, on the last Black of the final frame. An estimated 18.5 million people watched the BBC2 climax (a record which still stands), until the early hours of Monday morning. It was the largest post midnight audience for any programme on any channel and stands today.
Prior to his 1985 win, Dennis Taylor had been a top snooker player for many years; and was runner up in the 1979 World championship final to Terry Griffiths. Through his career Dennis was never outside the twelve top ranked players in the world. Amongst many titles, he was: Benson & Hedges Masters Champion, Japanese, Australian and Canadian Masters Champion, Irish Professional Champion (six times), World Trick Shot Champion and captain of three World Cup winning teams.
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Former World Professional Snooker Champion Dennis Taylor, was also known for wearing ‘upside down glasses’. Which he had specially made, so he could use his glasses to see the balls properly while queuing. In nearly twenty years playing at pro level, Dennis’s charm and sense of humour made him popular around the world; incorporating many jokes and trick shots while completing exhibition matches.
After retiring from pro snooker, Dennis Taylor turned to commentating and remains part of the BBC team. He ventured into the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom; to show why he is famous for playing snooker, not dancing. Dennis now divides his time between the commentary box, the golf course and touring the country with his popular exhibition evenings. In these, he demonstrates trick shots, whilst chatting about his life and achievements.
Dennis entertains after dinner, with funny accounts of his illustrious career. While as a motivational speaker, he describes how he turned the pressure to succeed into the will to win.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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