My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding - Season 1

Tuesday 9:00 PM on Channel 4 Premiered Feb 18, 2010 Between Seasons


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  • 2/1/11
    The third of five episodes in the My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series explores the clear and defined roles of young men and women in the gypsy and traveller community, and reveals attitudes toward education, marriage and domestic violence. Both sexes tend to leave school early, the boys to work and the girls to get married. As 18 year old Irish Traveller Lizzie prepares to get the married and leave the family trailer her 13 year old sister Margaret is lined up to take over her role, leaving school to help at home and care for her younger siblings. 16 year old Noreen bucks the trend; she does not want to live the life of a traditional traveller wife and has a job. She can also can read and write which is not the case for a large number of her peers. 16 year old Martin Tom visits Appleby Fair with the intention of "grabbing" a Traveller girl. He reveals that the strict rules of conduct are not the same for both sexes. And Bridget who unusually for a traveller woman left her husband after suffering domestic violence prepares for her daughter's wedding with mixed emotions.moreless
  • Entering the world of 21st Century gypsy and traveller weddings, where ancient traditions meet modern fashions in an ostentatious culture clash, this film follows four gypsy and traveller families on their wedding day. Considered 'on the shelf' at 20, in gypsy and traveller communities many girls get married soon after their 16th birthday with the support of their family. The weddings are visual spectacles - brides and their families compete to have the most flamboyant dresses; girls parade into church in enormous dresses that sometimes weigh more than the bride herself. Although the women look sexually provocative there is a tradition of premarital chastity that is increasingly unusual in Britain today. Gaining rare access to this fascinating and often misunderstood community, the film uses the prism of the weddings to reveal a culture where marriages between first cousins are acceptable but having children out of wedlock is still taboo and divorce is unheard of. Used to facing prejudice, this is a community that lives alongside but detached from mainstream society. It is a world of contrasts, living by centuries old religious and cultural traditions but at the same time embracing the gaudier extremes of the celebrity-and fashion-obsessed times in which we live.moreless
  • 2/15/11
    The final episode of season one uncovers the prejudice that exists against the travelling community in Britain today. But discrimination is nothing new to the travellers and their secretive seclusion from mainstream society seems to be their only defence. In this final episode dressmaker Thelma has to make a dress for a bride who won't even tell her when the wedding is for fear of the venue finding out she is a traveller and cancelling the booking. She is right to be concerned as another bride, 19 year old Irish Traveller Bridget, has already had her wedding venues cancelled three times. The night before the ceremony, and with the dress of her dreams, she should be enjoying herself but as her family arrive for the ceremony she nervously worries it could still go horribly wrong. Gypsy elder Billy organises the annual Appleby Horse Fair. The event is well established but when police presence is noticeably increased gypsies and travellers take to the streets in protest. Will the Appleby residence support them and will the Police hear their concerns?moreless
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