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Circus: First Of May

Airs Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Luciano Anastasini, an 8th generation circus performer. Anastasini returns to the circus ring as a bumbling buffoon of a ring master, who tries unsuccessfully to corral his multiple mischievous puppies. Anastasini and his wife, Gladis, come from generations of Italian-American circus performers. They had their own flying trapeze act before Luciano suffered a career-ending injury in the mid-1990s.

Hit the road with "CIRCUS" and take an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the “back lot” — where the real heart of the circus beats — explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Get involved with the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family. Share their fears and frustrations, triumphs and failures and find out what it really means to live life in the ring. "CIRCUS" is a six-part series airing on KPBS Television.

CIRCUS on the iPad

Get a sneak preview of the first episode of CIRCUS, "First of May," on the new, free PBS iPad app. Read more from PBS.org or download the app at the ITunes Store.

“First Of May” - Welcome to Walden, New York, where the 150 performers and crew members of the legendary Big Apple Circus gather from around the world to put together the new show for their annual 350-performance tour.

As sets are built, costumes designed and fitted, acts rehearsed and refined, meet the members of the Big Apple family: the veteran clown who plays the circus’ most enduring and beloved character, and the slightly neurotic novice whose clowning covers a painful past; the newly assembled trapeze troupe that can’t seem to catch a trick; the zany, tightly wound guest director who lives for the circus; and the kids of the rough-and-tumble ring crew, all of whom seem to be looking for a fresh start. But as a bomb threat proves, running away to the circus doesn’t always guarantee your troubles won’t find you.

"CIRCUS" is on Facebook, and you can follow @PBSCircus on Twitter.

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Preview: CIRCUS

Above: In November 2010, step inside the ring, where the stories are true and the magic is real, for an intimate look at the mystery, thrill of life and drama in the big top and on the back lot and take an unforgettable trip with the diverse characters who make up the legendary Big Apple Circus with PBS' new six-hour miniseries "CIRCUS."

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Video Excerpt: CIRCUS: Bomb Threat

Above: See what happens when the Big Apple Circus receives a bomb threat. PBS' "CIRCUS" takes an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus — from the big top to the "back lot," where the real heart of the circus beats — to explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address.

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