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Career of Doug Mountjoy to feature in BBC documentary

BBC Wales will celebrate the career of Doug Mountjoy on Wednesday as part of its new series, Legends of Welsh Sport.

Airing a day after the two-year anniversary of his passing at the age of 78, the documentary looks back on Mountjoy’s contribution to the game.

A former miner, Mountjoy turned professional at the age of 34 in 1976 following a terrific year in amateur snooker.

He was invited to compete at the 1977 Masters, only the third staging of what would become a prestigious tournament on the calendar.

Mountjoy beat former world champions John Pulman, Fred Davis, Alex Higgins, and Ray Reardon to sensationally claim the title at his first attempt.

Interlaced with old footage and voice recordings of Mountjoy, the documentary also recalls some of his other notable triumphs as he became a regular contender in big tournaments.

But losing the 1981 World Championship final to up-and-coming young talent Steve Davis hit him hard, and his form throughout the decade deteriorated.

By the 1988/89 campaign he had dropped out of the top 16 in the rankings, only for a remarkable renaissance at the twilight of his career to then occur.

With the help of coach Frank Callan, Mountjoy sensationally claimed back-to-back ranking titles at the age of 46.

Although his latter years as a professional were curtailed by illness, his love of snooker never waned, he continued to play for fun into old age.

The 30-minute programme features contributions from former opponents like Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, and Jimmy White, in addition to emotional reflections from family members.

Legends of Welsh Sport: Doug Mountjoy will air on Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One Wales, after which it will be available to the UK audience on the BBC iPlayer.

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  1. When is the program airing on BBC ?

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