My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Season 2 Episode 4

Love Conquers All

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2012 on Channel 4
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In gypsy and traveller culture, marrying outside of the community has long been frowned upon. But with their nomadic lifestyle under threat and the younger generation becoming more influenced by non-traveller culture, intermarriage is on the increase. This episode explores further the cultural divide between gypsies and non-gypsies and looks at what happens when the two worlds are thrust together in marriage. Cage fighter Tony Giles is a typical red-blooded gypsy, who is happy to defend his family's honor even if it means getting into trouble with the law. But his family are displeased with him, for not only is Tony fathering the child a non-traveller, but she is also a glamour model. Gypsy values strongly frown upon women flaunting their private parts and we meet Danielle as she poses for a photo shoot while 8 months pregnant. In the last series we met non-traveller Sam who had decided to leap head first into traveller culture by marrying English gypsy Pat. To prove her commitment, Sam ordered the mother of all dresses, which included robotic butterflies and a built in light show. We catch up with the couple as they are expecting their first child and find out how Sam is coping with the prospect of bringing up her baby in a small caravan situated next to a waste disposal unit. Romany gypsy George Webb warns us of the dangers a mixed marriage can bring. George was married to a non-traveller for 7 years, but his wife was reluctant to be a traditional gypsy housewife. Recently separated, George can now only see his children twice a week. In a bid to keep their gypsy identity alive, he dresses them in traditional clothes and takes them hedgehog hunting. Gypsy Tracey and non-traveller Phil have been married for 10 years and are an example of when a mixed marriage can work. But their wedding was a low key affair and they have decided to renew their wedding vows, allowing Tracey to have the lavish wedding she has always wanted.moreless
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