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

Big Top

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2009
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Fraught with problems and dealing with a cacophony of egos, Ring Mistress Lizzie must struggle to keep Circus Maestro going. Stars Amanda Holden, John Thomson, Sophie Thompson, Tony Robinson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon

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Series 1, Episode 4 - Dad

Circus Maestro wins the contract to perform the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, along with a £20,000 development grant.

Further details

Circus Maestro wins the contract to perform the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, along with a £20,000 development grant.

When the money mysteriously disappears, Lizzie is forced to resort to desperate measures to replace it. This means faking Plonky the Clown's death, springing her father from prison and tracking down some buried cash.

But when Lizzie's dad makes a short and timely visit to Circus Maestro, he has other plans for the money...

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 23rd December 2009
Time
7:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Amanda Holden Lizzie
John Thomson Geoff
Sophie Thompson Helen
Tony Robinson Erasmus
Ruth Madoc Georgie
Bruce Mackinnon Boyco
Guest cast
Kevin McNally Nicholas Mercer (Dad)
Dominic Coleman Warder
Rebecca Deren Lady At Fortune-Tellers
Chandrika Chevli Newsreader
Writing team
Daniel Peak Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Script Editor
Production team
Geoff Posner Director
John Stroud Producer
Marcus Mortimer Producer
Jed Leventhall Executive Producer
Simon Wilson Executive Producer
Mykola Pawluk Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Sally Plum Costume Designer

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