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Comedy about a touring circus that has become dilapidated and tries to stay afloat despite having rubbish acts and clowns that are dreadful... Erasmus is a petty criminal that has been in ... See full summary »
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Amanda Holden ...  Lizzie 6 episodes, 2009
Ruth Madoc Ruth Madoc ...  Georgie 6 episodes, 2009
Bruce Mackinnon ...  Boyco 4 episodes, 2009
Tony Robinson ...  Erasmus 4 episodes, 2009
John Thomson ...  Geoff 3 episodes, 2009
Sophie Thompson ...  Helen 3 episodes, 2009
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Comedy about a touring circus that has become dilapidated and tries to stay afloat despite having rubbish acts and clowns that are dreadful... Erasmus is a petty criminal that has been in prison and has an ongoing feud with the clown 'Geoff' and constantly tries to get rid of him, as well as trying to raise cash in any way. Boyco, the acrobat is eastern European and in love with Lizzie. Written by Jasmine Curtis

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Big Bear Films See more »
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The series was cancelled by the BBC due to bad critical reaction and poor ratings, which peaked at 3.4 million viewers, but fell to less than 3 million as the series progressed. See more »

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22 January 2010 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I've forgotten the last time the BBC did an amusing comedy , as has the majority of viewers in Britain , so I'm guessing BIG TOP with its large ensemble cast playing a circus troupe is a throw back to the days of DADS ARMY , HI DE HI and ARE YOU BEING SERVED . It also features Tony Robinson best known for Baldrick one of the truly great comedy characters from the classic BLACKADDER series , and there's John Thomson from THE FAST SHOW fame . That said the cast also features Amanda Holden at the top of the cast list who is so untalented she strikes me as someone who'd have a problem playing herself . If the omens weren't good the reality is far worse than can be imagined

As has been pointed out the jokes are lamer than a horse that's had its limbs amputated . This is only be expected from a BBC comedy from the 21st century . That's not the main problem . One episode centres around the immigration bureau investigating one of the circus acts who might be an illegal immigrant . Being a BBC show there's not much call for racist gags - which might have raised a chortle if only for nostalgia's sake - but no the real offence comes with Holden's character thinking about whoring herself to the immigration investigator ! This in a show broadcast at 7.30 pm ! It's amazing the amount of sexual references and innuendos there is in a sit-com that on the surface considers itself a family show . In fact if you can imagine a children's show with sexual references this is what it looks like - a kind of TORCHWOOD with canned laughter


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