In a world of screens, streaming video and TV-on-demand, why does the circus continue to endure? Mike Williams explores its lasting appeal.
From clowns to tight-rope walkers, fire-eaters to elephant trainers, the modern circus has been around for centuries. But why does it still appeal in the modern age? Mike Williams explores the origins of the circus and asks why, in a world of screens, video streaming and TV-on-demand, the circus continues to delight adults and children around the globe. Mike visits the Moscow State Circus, hears from a clown with Cirque Du Soleil and talks to a lion trainer with the biggest animal act in the world. There's thrills, spills, fun and fear.
Presenter: Mike Williams
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Andrew Smith
First broadcast on the BBC World Service.
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