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When the Circus Comes to Town

Timeshift, Series 11 Episode 4 of 12

Roll up! Roll up! Join Timeshift under the big top for unique access to the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive which tells the story of the circus. From Billy Smart to Gerry Cottle and Archaos to Cirque du Soleil, the documentary captures the appeal of this enduring mass entertainment. Find out what a josser is, discover why clowns are one of the few acts to achieve lasting celebrity and marvel at the sheer spectacle of some of the biggest circuses of all time.

In an age when almost every form of popular entertainment owes something to the circus, this is a nostalgic journey into the origins of one of the ultimate expressions of human athleticism and showmanship.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 26 Oct 2015 02:05


Role Contributor
NarratorJulian Rhind-Tutt
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
ProducerRebecca Whyte
DirectorRebecca Whyte
Series ProducerBen Southwell