The Greatest Showman is to receive its UK tv free-to-air premiere this weekend on Channel 4.
The smash hit musical will air on the channel on Sunday night. Zac Efron and Michelle Williams star in this Golden-Globe-winning, toe-tapping smash hit musical about the life and times of P.T. Barnum, showman, promoter, self-promoter, entrepreneur and creator of the circus. P.T. Barnum (Jackman) is on a mission. We join him as a child slighted by both his father and the father of the girl he will one day marry and, as a result of this, and future poverty, he becomes driven by the desire to rise above his station and show the poshos what he’s made of. For him this means money. Loads of money.
Despite poverty, Charity (Williams) marries him anyway and she is happy with their little family’s situation. But the entrepreneurial spirit is by then too strong in him. One day, as he creates a light show for his kids, the idea of the Big Top strikes him and the rest is, as they say, history. He gets posho Phillip Carlyle (Efron) to back him in a natty song and dance routine and then, philanthropically, gathers together a disparate band of outsiders under the pretence of showing their beauty and uniqueness to the world. But does his apparent support for his performers tally with his desire to be rich and accepted by the upper classes?
The Greatest Showman will start at 7pm on Channel 4 – don’t forget you can also watch it on Channel 4+1 at 8pm.