LONDON, 28 July 2016: A+E Networks® UK has commissioned a new series which follows snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan as he travels to the USA to discover the history and characters involved in the game of pool.
Rocket Ronnie’s American Hustle is a 4x60’ series produced by North One Television for HISTORY® in the UK. Sporting legend O’Sullivan is joined by sports broadcaster and friend Matt Smith, as they explore all facets of pool culture in the USA. The duo will visit some of America’s most exciting and historic cities, discovering their hidden gems and highlights as well as seeking out local pool sharks and playing them at their own game.
Rachel Job, Director of Programming for HISTORY at A+E Networks UK said: “HISTORY is excited to be working with British sporting icon Ronnie O’Sullivan, taking viewers on this unique US road trip. This commission continues HISTORY’s track record in bringing much-loved British household names to the channel to share their passion for diverse topics and pursuits – from Sean Bean on Waterloo to Shaun Ryder’s UFOs as well as working with Freddie Flintoff as our HISTORY brand ambassador in the UK.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan said: “I’m excited to be travelling with my mate, Matt Smith, across America. There will be some places I’ve never been to before and I’m looking forward to working with HISTORY as it’s the channel that’s letting me do something different and indulge my sense of adventure.”
The new series was commissioned by Rachel Job, with Diana Carter as executive producer for HISTORY. John Quinn is executive producer at North One Television and Chris Amess is series producer. The series is distributed by All3Media International.
Steve Gowans, Managing Director at North One said: “HISTORY has a track record of commissioning surprising and unique passion projects for big names, which resonate so well with viewers. We’re really excited that the channel wanted to see Ronnie take on the USA at its own game, and that we get to go on the journey with him.”
Rocket Ronnie’s American Hustle is due to air on HISTORY in the UK in early 2017.