My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Picking up where the hugely successful Cutting Edge film of the same title left off, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding paints a visually arresting portrait of the secretive, extravagant and surprising world of gypsies and travellers in Britain today. Able to dig deeper and explore areas not covered previously , the series uses the prism of extraordinary rite‐of‐passage celebrations and events - including weddings, communions and christenings - to offer a window into the world of the gypsy and traveller community and answer some of the more probing questions raised by the first film. Each episode stands alone offering insight into attitudes toward gender roles, education and the non-gypsy or traveller community. Through the experiences of the unforgettable cast of characters, some of them familiar to viewers of the first film, the series will explore the remarkable rituals, traditions and beliefs held by this minority group to tell the story of 21st century gypsy and traveller life in Britain. Warm, intelligent, engrossing and funny, and with a strong series identity, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings tells intimate stories on an epic scale, laying bare an exotic unseen Britain that exists right on our doorstep.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoBorn to Be Wed||The first episode in the series looks at the milestones in a traveller girl's life en route to the biggest day of her life - her wedding day. From her first holy communion described as a "dress rehearsal for her wedding day" - to the strict rules of courtship, a hen night, and of course a visually spectacular wedding this episode will examine the traditions and rules followed by gypsy and traveller girls in Britain today. Margaretha and her brother John Boy have their first Holy Communion. Josie & Swanley are planning their big day but will either of them make it to the church on time? Attending this wedding are single girls Cheyenne and Montana who reveal the usual rules of dating within the Traveller community.||46:14||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoNo Place Like Home||This episode explores how the travelling community are fighting to preserve their ancient culture and customs and the obstacles they face keeping their traditional way of life alive. Six year old Mary Ann lives on Europe's biggest traveller site, Dale Farm in Essex, which is home to more than 1000 travellers. Although they own the land the community has not been granted planning permission for their homes and face imminent eviction. With the site eviction looming Mary Ann's mother Margaret hastily arranges the celebration of her daughter's first communion so the whole community can celebrate together; it may well be the last party on the site. Whilst Mary Ann prepares for the ceremony with her first ever spray tan, and suffers welts on her hips from the size of her dress, three miles away a smaller traveller site is cleared by bailiffs and the families watch on as the bulldozers move in and their homes are destroyed. The episode also follows the lead up to the wedding between 17-year-old non-gypsy Sam to her gypsy boyfriend Patrick. Pat knows there are some in the traveller community who won't like the fact he is marrying a non-traveller; his own family have strong opinions on "Gorgers" (non-travelling people). Sam is expected to adopt gypsy traditions once she is married. Used to living in a house with her parents she prepares to give up her previous life and live in a trailer, all be it one with Chanel emblazoned bed linen. Keen to prove her gypsy girl credentials Sam has asked dressmaker Thelma to design a phenomenal wedding dress. With 21 underskirts, battery powered lights and moving diamante butterflies it weighs more than the bride's father proving to the doubters that she is "more of a traveller than a traveller."||46:12||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoDesperate Housewives||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.||46:31||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoBoys Will Be Boys||Whilst gypsy and traveller women all want to be a princess on their wedding day, the reality in the gypsy community is that on every other day it is man who is King. The fourth in this five part series looks at the testosterone filled world of the traveller man, where disputes are settled with fists and status conveyed by the car that you drive. Ex-bare-knuckle boxer Paddy - the patriarch of a Salford traveller site - explains the role of a traveller man and crucially how he earns enough to keep wife Roseanne happy. This film includes a christening, weddings and a uniquely traveller memorial service - all from the man's point of view. It also follows the run up to the wedding of Romany gypsy Violet Ann. Violet Ann is used to being independent but due to be married she is about to give up her job to become a gypsy wife. Until now she has hidden her gypsy identity from her employer for fear of reprisal but two days before the wedding she finally feels able to reveal to her boss who she really is.||45:45||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoBride and Prejudice||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?||46:34||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoCutting Edge: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding||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.||48:03||$1.99||View in iTunes|