History UK has ordered Rocket Ronnie’s American Hustle, a four episode travelogue fronted by Ronnie O’Sullivan which follows the snooker champion as he travels to the United States to discover the history and characters involved in the game of pool.
Rocket Ronnie’s American Hustle will see O’Sullivan 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.
“I’m excited to be travelling with my mate, Matt Smith, across America”, Ronnie O’Sullivan said in a statement. “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 four-part travelogue was commissioned by History UK’s Director of Programming Rachel Job and is being produced by independent production company North One Television. Chris Amess is the series producer, while John Quinn will executive produce for North One and Diana Carter will executive produce for History UK. All3media International will handle global sales.
“History is excited to be working with British sporting icon Ronnie O’Sullivan, taking viewers on this unique US road trip”, added History UK’s Director of Programming Rachel Job. “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.”