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20th September 1966 - 29th December 1966

Not to be confused with a 1959 series with the same title. A fifty-five minute variety show made as a co-production with CBS in America.

The whole range of circus acts would appear alongside comedians and a weekly pop act with the likes of The Zombies, Dusty Springfield and The Everly Brothers making appearances along with bears, elephants, lions and tigers in a recreation of a big top at Rediffusion's large Wembley studio.

Many of America's top comedians worked on the show. The most notable clip featured then stand-up comedian Woody Allen in the ring with a boxing kangaroo.

Two camera crews worked on the show simultaneously, with one colour crew working for CBS and the 405 line black and white cameras used for the local ITV network showing, in fact it was the first British show made in colour to be sold in the US.

A DVD of the circus acts was released in the USA, while colour clips of some of the pop acts occasionally surfaces.