Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Every December the population trebles in Rathkeale, Ireland. The streets are teeming with stretch limos and Cinderella carriages, each apparently transporting a giant white puffball (under which, somewhere, you’ll find a bustle of brides) as well as hordes of young women sporting a few scraps of Day-Glo material. The men, generally, you’ll find in the pub. It’s a big month for travellers’ weddings as well as for first Holy Communion Services, where the little ’uns flounce about looking like baked Alaskas liberally studded with crystals as they compete to wear the biggest and best frock, too. The film also reacquaints us with 17-year-old Josie, whom we saw get married last year, and Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty, who faces his first quiet Christmas without the kids. But let’s not pretend. It’s the frock-horrors we love – and there are some stunners, including Charlene’s creation made from one mile of fabric.

About this programme

One-off special following the Irish travelling community during the festive season, featuring their yuletide preparations for 2010, as well as two typically extravagant weddings and a First Communion ceremony. Paddy Doherty and his wife Roseanne invite cameras into their Salford home on Christmas Day, and the film reveals how many people can fit in a caravan for a sit-down feast - and the methods travellers employ to hide presents from their children in such a confined space.

Cast and crew


Paddy Doherty


Tina Flintoff
Executive Producer
Jes Wilkins