The 1980 Pot Black event was a professional invitational snooker tournament, which was held at the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. The tournament began with eight players competing in two groups of four using a round-robin format. The matches were one-frame shoot-outs in the group stages, two-frame aggregate scores in the semi-finals, and best-of-three-frames in the final.
|Dates||Recorded late December 1979 (broadcast 4 January – 18 April 1980 (1980-01-04 – 1980-04-18))|
|Venue||Pebble Mill Studios|
|Highest break||Dennis Taylor (87)|
The first programme of the series featured reigning Pot Black champion Ray Reardon playing against the then world champion Terry Griffiths making his Pot Black debut. Reardon reached the final where he lost 1–2 to Eddie Charlton who himself won his third title equalling the record set by John Spencer.
|Player 1||Score||Player 2||Broadcast Date|
|Ray Reardon||1–0||Terry Griffiths||4 January 1980|
|John Spencer||0–1||Dennis Taylor||18 January 1980|
|Ray Reardon||1–0||John Spencer||1 February 1980|
|Terry Griffiths||0–1||Dennis Taylor||22 February 1980|
|Terry Griffiths||0–1||John Spencer||29 February 1980|
|Ray Reardon||0–1||Dennis Taylor||14 March 1980|