When the Circus Comes to Town


Episode Info

'Timeshift' documentary which uses the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive to tell 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. It explains what a josser is, looks at why clowns are one of the few acts to achieve lasting celebrity and reveals 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, here is a nostalgic journey into the origins of one of the ultimate expressions of human athleticism and showmanship.