Last Night’s TV – Big Top

by Lynn Connolly


“If we’re so terrible, why do we get a big cheer when we finish?” said one of the clowns in this new ‘comedy’ – and I think the BBC were playing fast and loose with the word in relation to this show – and the answer is, “Because I was losing the will to live while you were on.”

Whoever it was in the commissioning department at the BBC who ok’d this ‘show’ needs a slap. There are so many BBC shows at the moment that aren’t worth the toilet paper they’re written on, and this is yet another that should be flushed at the first opportunity.

To call it ghastly would be an insult to ghastly things. And as it’s a show about a traveling circus, I wholeheartedly hope it travels on soon. So far in fact that no camera could ever reach it.

Despite having a relatively decent line-up of starring actors, it shouldn’t be called Big Top, it should be called Big Flop. Not only did I not laugh, nor yet even titter, during much of it, I was physically cringing at the hideous attempts at slapstick. It was just plain embarrassing.

I suppose if you’re a bloke, the sight of Amanda Holden in shiny fabric ‘clothes’ – and again, I used the word loosely – might have been a draw, but other than that, I can think of nothing good to say about Big Top at all. And as I’m not a bloke, and don’t fancy Amanda Holden, there’s no draw for me at all.

And much as I hate to criticise Ruth Madoc and Tony Robinson – who I’ve admired greatly in other roles – I can only assume they are both on the verge of bankruptcy. Why else would they put themselves forward for the indignity and ignominy of being in this god-awful show?

But by far my biggest grouse about it is that yet again, it’s our licence fee that’s subsidising this and other drivel on the BBC. To wit, the spate of Young Something of the Year and now this pile of dung.

If anyone out there actually enjoyed this show – and relatives of the main protagonists are not included – please do let us know. And more importantly, let us know why!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.