Alex Higgins: The People's Champion
Following on from our recent programme about Brian Clough, BBC Sport's documentary team have made another poignant film which charts the life and times of the remarkable Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins.
Alex Higgins: The People's Champion is the first major documentary to be shown on television since his death a few weeks ago.
We've received full support from Alex's close family and we'll hear from his daughter Lauren and his two sisters in Belfast, Jean and Anne. It must have been very difficult for the family to take part at a time when they are still grieving, but they were very keen to ensure that we gave an honest and fair account of his life.
I have personally been heavily involved with Lauren's exclusive interview and she has given us a very personal and emotional account of life with Alex. I've seen first hand how much her Dad means to her and how proud she is of his many achievements. No snooker fan can forget the pictures of Alex celebrating his second World title in 1982 by beckoning his then wife Lynn and baby Lauren onto the floor of the Crucible for celebratory photographs.
Higgins was often seen with a cigarette in one hand and cue in the other
However, Lauren also recognises he was absolutely no angel and we'll certainly see that during the programme which looks back at his many scrapes with authority including the head butting of an official and threatening to have Ulster rival Dennis Taylor shot, plus his very colourful personal life.
Alex was - like so many geniuses - flawed. He may have been the sport's most popular star and hugely responsible for its golden era in the 1980s, but he struggled to cope with the demons of alcohol and gambling in particular. At the height of the sport's tobacco sponsorship, Alex could often be seen with a cigarette in one hand, a cue in the other and a pint of beer by his side.
For the first time we also look back properly at the sad final years of his life fighting cancer, losing his teeth, most of his money and even the ability to eat properly at times.
Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White join the many stars featured in a 60-minute journey through the life of snooker's rock-and-roll star which includes some incredible archive and a story which at times is sad and desperate, but often inspirational and uplifting.
O'Sullivan says that Simon Cowell would have loved to get his hands on Alex Higgins if he was around at his peak today. I remember when I was growing up we all used to play snooker at my friend Gary's house most afternoons after school. Everyone wanted to be Alex even though it was a Steve Davis snooker table.
Steve is someone I hold in the highest personal regard, but I'm sure even he'll admit that that is why Alex will be forever known as the People's Champion.
Watch Alex Higgins: The People's Champion next Wednesday at 2100 BST on BBC2, and afterwards on iPlayer.