Magazine article Screen International

BBC iPlayer Orders First Scripted Feature Film 'The Rack Pack'

Magazine article Screen International

BBC iPlayer Orders First Scripted Feature Film 'The Rack Pack'

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Endemol Shine indie Zeppotron will produce The Rack Pack, a 90-minute-plus film exploring the "glory days" of the 1970s and 80s snooker scene.

The film is penned by Shaun Pye, Mark Chappell and Alan Connor, the writing team behind Sky Arts' A Young Doctor's Notebook, which starred Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men's Jon Hamm..

Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) will play 'Hurricane' Higgins, the naturally talented showman, while Will Merrick (About Time) has been lined up as the more conservative Davis, who under the guidance of snooker mogul Barry Hearn (Kevin Bishop) dominated the sport.

The film coincides with the 30th anniversary of the 1985 World Snooker Championships final between Davis and Dennis Taylor which was watched by 18.5m people - holding the record for the UK's biggest post-midnight TV audience.

The Rack Pack will launch on iPlayer in early December, becoming the VoD service's latest commission. …

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