– When I was eight, for about a
year, I insisted my parents set an extra place at the dinner table
for Steve Davis. – Wow! – Lee’s team. – How old are you?
– How old do you think I am? – It’s not about that.
– It is to me.
– I reckon you are, to put it into
– Passing age. – ..three reds and four blacks. – You can’t make three reds and four
blacks. – That’s a good point Steve makes. I
can’t do three reds and four blacks.
– It’s impossible!
– But it took… – I know, I’ve forgotten and I’m a
commentator. – Can I just say, you can, because
you could use the black ball as a free ball, as a red, and you could
get three reds and four blacks. So you’re wrong, Steve. But never
mind, you’re new to it. What era was this? – It was in the ’80s.
– So when Steve was like the world
champion. – Steve Davis at that time, for me,
was my hero.
– Still is, surely? – MOUTHS – So, you’d never met him?
– You had.
– I HAD met him.
– Oh, you had met him?
– Yeah. – Where did you meet him? – I met him in a shopping arcade in
Warrington. – This story’s pretty rock ‘n’ roll. – Have you ever been in a shopping
arcade in Warrington, Steve? – I don’t know cos the ’80s were a
long time ago. How old are you? – LAUGHTER – What was Steve doing in the
– Signing things for people. – Yeah, I did sign things.
– Did you take something to sign?
– No, because it was a spur of the
moment thing. I didn’t even know he was going to
– But you met him?
– Yeah. – And how did that conversation go?
– I can’t remember. He shook my hand and he signed a
little piece of paper for me. He said, “Keep up,” because I said I
really wanted to play snooker. He said you’ve got to keep
practising and practising.
– I used to say that.
– Did you used to say that? – Yeah, a lot of times, yeah.
– I think because he was so
encouraging then, it really spurred me on, even though I wasn’t even
tall enough to start playing snooker
cos it was really hypnotising when me and my
dad used to watch on the telly. I just wanted him to be there all
the time, at meal times. It made me feel very safe.
– Oh, it made you feel safe?
– LAUGHTER – What? Don’t be like that! That’s a
– We haven’t found out how old he
is. He was probably born in about ’78.
– We’ve got Wikipedia? Haven’t you? – Born in ’78, I’m going to have him
down as a 39-year-old man. – Yeah, we’ll take that. That’s
fine. – The fact is that an actor, as Sara
– Let’s leave it there. 39. That’s
nice. – Actors don’t like to disclose
their age cos they feel it might
prejudice people against casting them and I
wouldn’t want to do that with Craig. – Yeah, it’s true.
– Do we need to ask more questions? I’m just worried about the fact it
might be true. – You’re worried that it IS true?
– I’m worried it’s true.
– Why is that worrying? – Because it will freak you out a
– Why? Because he’s a bit weird? – Well, I mean, nobody likes
stalkers, do they?
– It was his house. You can’t stalk someone by staying
in your own house. – Yeah. Actually, if you think about
it, you were in his house. You were stalking him.
– Yeah, it’s you. You. – APPLAUSE – So, look, you’re obviously a big
Steve Davis fan. How many times had Steve won the
world snooker championship at the
age of sort of mid ’80s…? – Three.
– Three. Does that add up? – I… I… Yeah. – What did you like about Steve
Davis? Why didn’t you have an imaginary
Bill Werbeniuk? – Because I’d never seen anybody
quite like Steve Davis. – SARA:
– Aw! – You believe him, don’t you? – So, what’s it going to be then,
Lee? Do you think it’s the truth? – Sara?
– I think it’s true. – Are you into snooker?
– Nope. But I’ve had a lot of fun, listening
to all the colours and all the
numbers! I’m really missing out!
– APPLAUSE Steve, what are you thinking?
– I don’t want to know about this
now. The thing is, if I say it’s true cos
I’m being sucked in, how stupid am I? I’ll be the third
stupid person on this team. – You think it’s true. Steve, you
– I think… I think it’s true. I don’t want it
to be true. – I think we’re going to have to say
true, then. – OK, you’re saying it’s true. Let’s
find out. Craig, was it true? Or was it a lie? – It was a lie. – APPLAUSE – Are you not interested in Steve
Davis at all?
– No. – LAUGHTER – I did like his character when he
was Spitting Image. I liked that. – LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE – Stop digging! Stop digging!