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The BBC tried to use an overhead camera one year for the snooker chanpionships. The venue was a large theatre so they had access to a high camera with a normal, not wide lens and the table looked square, but the viewers hated it. Clearly a ball would be in the way, but all the shots made it look like the players were using lots of spin, creating curved paths – they weren’t. Hence the now standard looking down from one end shot. The angles work much better.