Fairground Attractions

Series 1 - Episode 6

Fairground Attractions

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The season is coming to an end and the country’s showmen are on the last push to make what money they can before winter closes in.

Abie Danter is up in Hull and all is going well until his multi-million pound Air ride breaks down, which could put himout of business for weeks.

It is carnival time in Stourport-on-Severn and the Danter family are ready to take advantage of the crowds. But once again things do not quite go to plan, whether it is dodgems breaking down or drunks in the Arcade, Henry Danter’s showmanship is tested to the limit. We also meet three generations of the Messham family, including young daredevil Jake. The family have been riding motorbikes around their Wall of Death for over 80 years and as the season ends they gamble by taking their ride all the way over to Dublin. As they say, “If it doesn’t go well, Christmas will have to be cancelled”.

Meanwhile, Joby Carter has come up with a new attraction designed to earn some money over the winter – a Victorian themed roller disco. His workers might think it is one madcap scheme too far – but Joby is not going to let that, or the fact the Victorians did not of course have roller discos, put him off!

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Comments (31)

  • Jim W

    over 2 years ago

    Jim W

    A great series, I hope there is another one

  • lavohn

    over 2 years ago

    lavohn

    frank (i may be a girl) but it was 8 tonnes mate! 8oooKGS to be precise!!!!

  • Ian for little friends photography

    over 2 years ago

    Ian for little friends photography

    hope is all go's well for 2012 keep up the hard work i hope you have another Series next year good look

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  • Frank

    over 2 years ago

    Frank

    I found this intersting, forget the ride side, the construction side and how it works is the best The was great about the Air Ride. The air has 2 tons of water on the ball to balance it like a construction crane has a counter weight (the T version) now thats interesting, also the air uses enough power to power a hospital or a town. thanx channel 5, hope you can continue this.

  • dave dunn .....lincoln

    over 2 years ago

    dave dunn .....lincoln

    great series, lets see more, i lived the life its always inside me

  • dave dunn .....lincoln

    over 2 years ago

    dave dunn .....lincoln

    great series, lets see more, i lived the life its always inside me

  • andy

    over 2 years ago

    andy

    what a good watch been amazed by the fair(or shows if scotish)for as long as i can remember, now know why! So going to visit carters steam fair,can i find a list of where/when they'll be??

  • vicki

    over 2 years ago

    vicki

    i found this fascinating and enjoyed every one , you all work so hard for something you enjoy and have been brought up with , keep up the good work :)

  • rokin rodders

    over 2 years ago

    rokin rodders

    at leaste the carters look after there staff better than some showmen up north lol

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  • lisa

    over 2 years ago

    lisa

    Thank you Channel 5 for this amazing series! I can't wait until a next series comes along (please, please, please!) and I'm glad a show like this has come along! I've always gone to Carter's Steam Fair every time they're in my area and this has just encouraged my love for fairs by giving a further insight!

  • mister whiz

    over 2 years ago

    mister whiz

    if they do make a new series (which im sure a lot are hoping they do) they should focus more on scottish, northern and welsh showmen aswell. but thats just one mans opinion

  • natti

    over 2 years ago

    natti

    cool show almost gypsy weddings but fairgrounds lol captivating stuff!!

  • helen

    over 2 years ago

    helen

    i love this show and i think joby is kinda hot!!

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  • Antony (Yes it's me!)

    over 2 years ago

    Antony (Yes it's me!)

    Great series - show the character of the showman if not the actual hardwork that goes into setting up, transporting and running what can only be described as a passion more than a job. Good luck to all showman from the Carters to the Danters for 2012 and beyond. You may even see me again in the future :)

  • waltzer boy rhys

    over 2 years ago

    waltzer boy rhys

    waltzer boy rhys will be on tour 2012 my vids on youtube

  • Si Macintosh

    over 2 years ago

    Si Macintosh

    I love this series its really inspiring just how friendly and positive people can remain during the bad weather and financial ups and downs. I've always wanted to own and walk the Waltzer ever since I was young and my Nan owned a house opposite Billy Smarts in Littlehampton - they still have the only one i've ever seen with brake levers for each car! I've also just finished reading Gerry Cottles book 'Confessions of a Showman' its a great read and brutally honest at times, its nice to put names to faces now that we have this series. I hope they make another series, hopefully including the winter months so we can see the depth of maintenance thats involved! Well done Anna, I don't know how you manage to smile all of the time, your a joy to watch.

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  • bob larkin

    over 2 years ago

    bob larkin

    I love these programs there brill

  • Nick Jay

    over 2 years ago

    Nick Jay

    Thank you kindly Anna/Anastasia. I wasn't sure who was running it ... I would only have been around 15 at the time. Hope to see yours sometime in the future perhaps. Think your rides are amazing. So happy someone is keeping them going for the benefit of posterity. :)

  • anastasia carter

    over 2 years ago

    anastasia carter

    Harry Wigfield, not Carters, we didn't start trading until 1977

  • anna

    over 2 years ago

    anna

    Wasn't us, was a man who traded under the name Armaroyd Lane, Harry Wigfield (hope I have this right) we didn't start trading until 1977

  • Nick

    over 2 years ago

    Nick

    I remember when I was at boarding school (1967 to 1971) we visited an old steam fair in Stratford-upon-Avon - must have been 1970 or 71 rather than 68 or 9 I think. I have very fond memories of it (being a great lover and appreciator of steam rides and street/fair organs etc) and was wondering if it could possibly have been Carters - would they have been around back then? I know Anna said they've been in existance around 30 years so it's *possible* but does anyone remember if you were in Stratford around that time? Just curious,, that's all. :)

  • Ems

    over 2 years ago

    Ems

    Haha 15 minutes in! I look such a gorm :') Good program, it was very nice seeing it again

  • i want to be a showman

    over 2 years ago

    i want to be a showman

    can channel 5 please make another series of this.....you make some good shows but dont seem to make new series of them ??

  • Ifan Hembrough

    over 2 years ago

    Ifan Hembrough

    I go to this fair every year at Womad, So nice too see how it all works, Lovely people. Looks forward to seeing you this year.

  • the big one

    over 2 years ago

    the big one

    we go in the shed and work on the rides for the next season

  • Nick

    over 2 years ago

    Nick

    I hope there will be another series soon too. Maybe they can follow them over the winter months and see what happens when the fairs aren't on the road then show them getting ready for the first fairs in the new year? That would be fascinating but once again well done Channel 5 and all concerned for this wonderful series!

  • cc imports

    over 2 years ago

    cc imports

    great show have watvhed tjem all , will there be more?

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