Tuesday, 21 March 2017
637 Give Us A Break
First viewed : 22 September 1983
This is another reminder that we're in snooker's golden age at this point. Over on Channel 4, Steve Davis had his own late night chat show A Frame With Davis around this same time.
Give Us A Break was a mixture of Minder and The Hustler. Robert Lindsay played Micky Noades, a dodgy entrepreneur very much in the Arthur Daley mould shacked up with girlfriend Tina ( Shirin Taylor who must have been relieved to put her bra back on after The Cleopatras ) .Down on his luck he discovers that her kid brother Mo ( Paul McGann ) is a snooker ace and sets about exploiting him.
It's chiefly remembered for giving first breaks ( excuse the pun ) to McGann and writer Geoff McQueen who went on to create The Bill. That's because it wasn't much cop. The relationship between Micky and Mo was too close to Arthur and Terry in Minder with Lindsay's character so unsympathetic you never really rooted for him. It was billed as a comedy drama but the laughs were well spaced out , usually coming at the end of a laborious set-up.
A second series was planned but negative reaction to the first meant this was reduced to a single one-off episode in 1984 to tie up the loose ends.