My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
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MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING enters the world of modern gypsies and travelers, where ancient traditions meet extravagant fashions in extraordinary rite-of-passage celebrations including weddings, communions and christenings.
All 12 episodes of Seasons 1 and 2, plus three one-hour specials, tell intimate stories on an epic scale, laying bare an exotic and unseen community that exists right on our doorstep. Follow the lives of several families as they approach the biggest milestone in a traveler girl s life: her wedding day, a visual spectacle with flamboyant dresses sometimes weighing more than the bride herself. And delve deeper into their lives through births, evictions, divorces and their complex relationship with the non-gypsy community.
Through everyday experiences and family celebrations, learn what makes a thoroughly modern gypsy.
- All three original specials including: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding The Original Film; My Bigger Fatter Gypsy Wedding; My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas
It [MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING] has delivered ratings almost as enormous as the frothy, bejewelled frocks that its subjects wear, provoked massive debate, and, it claims, provided viewers with an insight into a secretive and largely misunderstood community. --Guardian UK
The only thing bigger than the wedding dresses are the TV viewing figures --BBC (The British Broadcasting Corporation)
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I'm sure this show doesn't accurately reflect traditional "gypsies" at all, more like a blingier sub-set of the Irish travellers, but they are a riot to watch and I love their accents and crazy outfits. It's a little disturbing to see how young the girls get married, although they do mostly seem to be old beyond their years in terms of understanding household responsibility. There are glimmers of hope for the culture as a very few girls are seen to be continuing their education and learning a skill other than cleaning and child-raising...although some of the girls seem totally happy to be staying at home with their husbands and kids, and I say good for them if they are content! There's a lot to be said for the art of home-making and the traveller women certainly know how to keep a house (or trailer).
The producer chose to bias the 'documentary' style in the travellers' favor for the most part, so you get repeatedly told that there's a lot of prejudice against 'gypsies', but the behavior of particularly the men demonstrates that non-travellers might have a good reason to give them the side-eye. Violence, disregard for law, macho attitudes and the patronizing way they view women makes traveller men easy to dislike in this series, with a few exceptions: Paddy, for all his tough-guy bravado, is really sweet to watch with his wife of many years, Roseanne. And young groom John McFadyen, despite being a little immature, has an obviously genuine love and empathy for his beautiful teenage bride Cheyenne as she goes through with a wedding shortly after losing her mother to cancer.
I really hated the US version of this (and I'm American!)...to me the American women were little better than white trash and over-acted every single situation. They were loud, coarse, foul-mouthed and stupid. The storylines felt very forced and ridiculous. But in the British show, it seems much more natural...you get the idea that the emotions are real. The girls are generally well-mannered (although occasionally acting their very young age), don't swear, and respect their elders. While much of the show is about the superficial glitz and glamour favored by the young traveller girls and women, it does have a great deal of heart behind it, and that is what makes this show so compelling to watch.