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Big Top. Image shows from L to R: Geoff (John Thomson), Lizzie (Amanda Holden), Helen (Sophie Thompson). Copyright: Big Bear Films.

Big Top

BBC One sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Stars Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Sophie Thompson, Tony Robinson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon.

Big Top

Fraught with problems and dealing with a cacophony of egos, Ring Mistress Lizzie must struggle to keep Circus Maestro going

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2009
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Starring
Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Sophie Thompson, Tony Robinson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon
Writer
Daniel Peak
Director
Geoff Posner
Producers
John Stroud and Marcus Mortimer

Circus Maestro is fraught with problems, and Ring Mistress Lizzie must overcome them all.

The performers and crew include a grumpy clown who hasn't a funny bone in his body; cynical soundman Erasmus; Georgie, the Grande Dame of Circus Maestro; and Boyco, the dazzlingly talented East European acrobat who is incredibly naive about the ways of the English world.

So what do you do when you've advertised a death-defying stunt which everyone has bought tickets to see, and the performer is just that little bit too injured? How do you manage a group of people who are so jealous of each other that they are happy to sabotage their colleagues performances; or so dedicated as performers that they are willing to sabotage their own survival? When the star acrobat is being chased by immigration, how do you hold onto him?

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