Masters week often coincides with Dennis Taylor’s birthday, an event that sees the 1985 world champion being taken out for a meal by his fellow commentators and pundits.

This year Northern Ireland’s Taylor was actually due to turn 66 on the Monday following the final, so fellow former Crucible king and BBC stalwart Ken Doherty took it on himself to make the arrangements for the Friday night when the pair were off duty.

And for a brief moment earlier in the week the media centre went all ‘showbiz’ with the visiting Andy Goldstein offering a helping hand getting a Friday night reservation at the very sought-after Berners Tavern on Berners Street in the upmarket Fitzrovia district of London off Oxford Street.

One phone call from the talkSPORT, Eurosport and Sky presenter later and Taylor’s night was all sorted.