Wall Of Death


20050422 (R4)

Take a huge wooden drum, put a viewing platform around the top and ride a vintage motorbike around its vertical walls at forty miles an hour while carrying out a series of gravity-defying stunts.

The Wall of Death is a spectacle which has enthralled funfair audiences in Britain for seventy-five years and it still draws in the crowds today.

As one of the two remaining walls in Britain comes up for auction, Andy Kershaw explores the history of this most spectacular of all fairground shows and meets the men and women who are brave - or mad - enough to carry on the tradition.