The Real Marigold Hotel: Dennis Taylor visits the Ooty Club in India where snooker was invented

Ben Travis
Dennis Taylor visits the Ooty Club - where snooker was born - on The Real Marigold Hotel: BBC

Dennis Taylor made his name as a snooker player through the 1970s and 80s – and in the latest episode of The Real Marigold Hotel, he goes right back to the root of the sport.

The 68 year-old has been seen sunning himself in India in the latest series of the BBC’s reality show.

In the final episode of Series 2, Taylor ventures to the Ooty Club in south India, where snooker was originally invented.

“It’s a great honour for me and it’s a lifetime dream to be here I can tell you,” he tells club secretary Jimmy.

“I would think I would be the first world champion to in the club here, you don’t know what that means to me.”

Not only does Taylor get the chance to visit the birthplace of his chosen sport, but he has the honour of playing on the very table that began it all.

“Without the Ooty Club and that snooker table, I don’t know what I would have been doing. I might have been still back in Ireland working just in the local works.”

“In my wildest dreams, I didn’t realise that one day I would be in India playing on the table where it all started.”

The series has seen Taylor and seven other celebs venture to the seaside city of Kerala in India to see what prospects it holds for retiring British expats.

BBC One, 9pm

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