Snooker’s biggest prize is up for grabs over 17 days of the 2018 Betfred World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre and fans can follow all the drama live with BBC Sport and Eurosport from April 21-May 7.
The best 32 players on the planet go through a unique test of endurance, skill and mental toughness over the two-week tournament, with the ultimate goal of lifting the most famous and coveted trophy in the game.
Steeped in sporting history, the World Championship began in 1927, from the days of the great Joe Davis, through the 1980s when snooker became the biggest televised sport in Britain, to the modern era when greats such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry have graced the green baize.
Since 1977, the tournament as been staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Renowned for its unique and intense atmosphere, the venue celebrated its 40th year staging the tournament last year.
Mark Selby successfully defended his World Championship title in 2017 after a hard fought final against four-time champion, John Higgins, and the number one seed will begin the defence of the title on the first morning of play, and with three wins in the past four years, the ‘Jester from Leicester’ will be determined to defend his crown again.
World number two Ronnie O’Sullivan enters the tournaments on five World Championship titles and with a record equalling six ranking titles to his name this season, the Englishman has yet another opportunity to write his name into the record books.
With all of snooker’s biggest stars on show and showing signs of form, the signs point to 2018 being another classic year in the tournament’s history.
Always one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, the World Snooker Championship promises to provide 17 days of slow-burning tension and drama and it will all be broadcast live in its entirety across BBC TV and Eurosport.
Full details of each broadcaster’s coverage can be found below, while further information, including match schedules, tournament draw and live scores can be found via worldsnooker.com.
BBC Sport will bring snooker fans its usual comprehensive live coverage of the World Snooker Championship across BBC TV and its online platforms.
TV viewers can watch the action from start to finish on BBC Two and BBC Red Button, with online users able to watch uninterrupted live coverage of both tables via the BBC Sport website, connected TVs and app.
Hazel Irvine will lead again lead the BBC’s presenting team throughout the event alongside Jason Mohammad, with regular morning and afternoon session coverage, nightly highlights and action from the evening sessions on the opening day and throughout the second week of the championships, all on BBC Two.
The presenting team will be based in a studio inside the ‘Cue Zone’ located within Sheffield’s Winter Gardens, directly opposite the Crucible Theatre, before re-locating to a studio inside the Crucible Theatre itself from the semi-finals onward.
They will be joined by an expert team of guests and commentators, including snooker legends Steve Davis, John Parrott, Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Dennis Taylor, John Virgo and Peter Ebdon, with 1994 Masters champion Alan McManus joining the BBC team for the first time this year.
BBC Radio 5 live will also broadcast daily updates from the Crucible, while social media updates can be found on Twitter via @BBCSnooker.
Eurosport will also broadcast extensive daily live coverage of the World Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Its two broadcast channels – Eurosport and Eurosport 2 – will screen full live high-definition coverage from all 17 days of the entire championships, as well as online via the Eurosport Player.
Colin Murray will present Eurosport’s live studio coverage of the evening sessions throughout the tournament, with analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds, while 5-time world champion and Eurosport ambassador Ronnie O’Sullivan will also be part of Eurosport’s presentation team.
The channel’s commentary team will be led by David Hendon and Philip Studd and also feature 1986 world champion Joe Johnson and former world number six Mike Hallett.