Touching the Blue (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Touching the Blue

A wonderfully constructed character story leaves you hanging

Clive Russell is instantly engaging, capturing the highs and lows of one-time snooker champion Derek Hodges as he stands on the brink of a comeback in a blackly comic monologue that gets progressively darker as the story unfolds until a shock ending that feels too sudden. You yearn for more insight into this wonderfully constructed character and his inherent faults.

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Touching The Blue

  • 3 stars

At 17, Derek Hodges was the youngest player to be crowned world snooker champion; forty years later he arrives at the championships, a complete outsider, washed up, broke, a shadow of his former self. As he prepares for what is surely his last chance at greatness he reflects on a life that has been as unpredictable as it…