Tony Osoba is shooting a new British independent film about a retired snooker player who attempts a comeback following the death of his wife.
Osoba was a familiar face on British TV in the 70’s and 80’s thanks to his roles as Jock McLaren in the classic BBC sitcom Porridge and Chas in LWT crime drama Dempsey & Makepeace.
He also guest-starred in two Doctor Who stories, Destiny of the Daleks (1979) and Dragonfire (1987) and made numerous appearances in series such as Minder and Bergerac.
In Extended Rest the actor plays snooker legend Terry “the Grenade” Kincaid, a recently widowed professional player who tries to fill the void in his life by returning to the green baize.
When a member of his local snooker club starts to take liberties Terry steps in to put things right, setting him on the path to a battle in which more than just his pride is at stake.
The film is written and directed by Oliver Crocker (A Voice to Die For) and is being filmed at The Twickenham Club – Osoba’s real-life local club.
Crocker said: “I’ve wanted to make film about a snooker player for years, and it was over a few frames with Tony at the Twickenham Club that inspired me to write Extended Rest.
“Its not just a film about snooker, it’s about never being too old to give something a go, and if you have a passion and a talent for something, then go for it.”
Joining Osoba are Frank Williams who played the Reverend Timothy Farthing in Dad’s Army, Z-cars star Ian Cullen, Harry’s Game star Ray Lonnen and former The Bill regular Ben Peyton.
Follow the film’s progress on Twitter at @Extended_Rest.