When it premiered in the UK, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings became Channel 4’s highest rated documentary series of all time, averaging more than 9 million viewers. TLC is hoping the show will have the same impact here on US soil as they aired the first episode last night.
The show itself explores the in’s and out’s of the secret society of British gypsies, which are often called travellers. It does so by using weddings to reveal an extremely eccentric community that lives alongside but detached from mainstream society.
It is a community of contrasts, living by centuries-old religious and cultural traditions but at the same time embracing the flashier side of the celebrity and fashion-focused times in which we live.
Crews will follow ‘the travellers’ throughout Britain, exploring their cultures, traditions, and special ceremonies. Highlights will be on christenings, weddings, and other celebrations. The first episode covered a 16-year old girl, Josie, getting married in a gown that is so full it apparently weighs 70 pounds.
The next episode is scheduled to air June 03rd at 10 pm so be sure to tune in. For those of you that caught the premier, what are your thoughts? Will this show blow up in the US like it did in the UK?