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Tony Osoba, who starred in the classic BBC sitcom Porridge, is set to play the lead role in a film drama about snooker called Extended Rest, telling the story of a retired professional player, who tries to make a comeback in his sixties.

Pic: Filmmaker Oliver Crocker with Neal Foulds

Osoba, who played Jock McLaren in Porridge, said: “Interpreting a character whilst brushing up on my rather rusty snooker skills was an opportunity which I eagerly grasped with both hands.”

He received training on his snooker technique from Geoff Foulds, father of former world number three Neal Foulds, who has a cameo role in the film.

Filmmaker Oliver Crocker said: “Neal Foulds is such a fantastic guy. He thought the project sounded fun and we enjoyed plenty of laughs recording his cameo. It was such an honour to spend time with a genuine snooker legend. He was the only player I wanted to cameo as our commentator and I can’t tell you how thrilled I felt listening to him read my script. I used some of his own quotes and one-liners from real matches to tailor it to his style.”

Other actors taking part include Frank Williams and Ronnie Grainge of Dads Army, Ian Cullen of Z Cars, John Challis of Only Fools & Horses, Katy Manning of Doctor Who and Frazer Hines of Emmerdale.

“We are so grateful for all the support for the film,” added Crocker, who has joined Osoba on several trips to the Masters at Alexandra Palace. “We are making the film in mini-blocks throughout the year, in between full time jobs or other roles for the cast. It is such a fulfilling project, the cast are all like family and the film is my love letter to snooker.”

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