Dr Tim Cockerill is a zoologist, circus performer, broadcaster and photographer

Tim Cockerill Flea Circussmall

Tim specialises in communicating science and natural history to a wide range of audiences. With particular expertise in the smaller examples of animal life – especially insects and their relatives – there’s no shortage of inspiration.

As well as being a bona fide trained scientist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Tim is also a seasoned performer specialising in obscure and often dangerous circus and sideshow stunts.

On this site you can find highlights of Tim’s work in TV, Radio and photography, as well as more about live performances, talks, and presentations.

Tim is also a collector of curious objects, skills and interests. Follow the curiosities link to find out about Tim’s collection of obscurities.

Latest news

Tim presents Spider House on BBC4 with Professor Alice Roberts

Tim Cockerill and Alice Roberts with a bath full of spiders!

Alice and Tim with the spiders enjoying bath time

Tim and Alice go on a journey into all things arachnid in this 90 minute TV documentary for BBC4 by the award-winning Windfall Films. To be broadcast on a to-be-announced date around Halloween 2014, the programme features world-class macro footage of incredible spider behaviour and insights into the fascinating science behind these amazing animals.

CBBC Wild 2014

Tim Cockerill CBBC Wild Dr Cockerill's Bizarre Bazaar

Dr. Cockerill’s Bizarre Bazaar

Hit live TV show Wild makes its triumphant return to CBBC in 2014. See Tim on Wild throughout the Autumn presenting ‘Dr. Cockerill’s Bizarre Bazaar’, joined by a host of weird and wonderful creatures. Broadcast live on Saturday mornings from 9-10am. It’s worth getting up for!

Sideshow Wonderground

Tim Cockerill with Gary Stretch and the Lizardman

Spieling for the Lizardman and Gary Stretch

Tim is honoured to perform with a calvacade of sideshow legends in summer 2014 at the Sideshow Wonderground on London’s Southbank. Tim is the resident fire-eater and can also be seen exercising his showmanship as ‘spieler’ on the outside. Among the other performers are The Lizardman, The Space Cowboy (world record sword swallower) and Gary Stretch (the man with the world’s stretchiest skin!)

Insect Question Time at the Natural History Museum

National Insect Week panel with host Jonathan Ross

National Insect Week panel with host Jonathan Ross

To kick off National Insect Week 2014 Tim is part of a panel of insect experts at London’s Natural History Museum. With Jonathan Ross as guest host and questions put to the panel from the live audience and online viewers around the world, an afternoon spent talking about insects has never been so entertaining!