Circus Kids: Our Secret World

Circus Kids: Our Secret World

Series 1 - Episode 3



Performing in a circus may sound glamorous but as 17-year-old Brandon says, “Your hands are never clean, there’s always something to do - sometimes three shows a day - and you’re absolutely knackered by the end of it.” And yet he credits the circus with changing his self-confessed bad attitude forever.

One upside of circus life is shared childcare – it’s like having a giant family who look out for each other. But it’s not always like that. The parents of Lewis, a cute eight-year-old who comes from a long line of clowns, are separated so he splits his time between two circuses. He has attended 52 different schools.


The final part of the documentary profiling youngsters who perform in the big top, offering an honest insight into their closely guarded world. A 17-year-old is sent to the circus as a punishment after getting into trouble with the police, and tries to perfect the knife-throwing act made famous by his father. An eight-year-old makes his debut as a clown alongside his dad, although there's bad news - he may soon have to leave the big top to attend school. Meanwhile, another youngster works behind the scenes at his family's 200-year-old travelling circus. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Tamsin Summers
Producer Sophia Thompson
Series Producer Karen Walsh