- Radio Times
- Review by:
- David Butcher
There are always new layers of traveller life for this show to unpeel. This week’s most startling scenes come from Doncaster, where Romanies hold high-speed horse-and-trap races on country roads.
It’s illegal, obviously, to career along using both lanes of a public highway, with beer-toting spectators hanging out of cars in front of and behind you, but boy it looks like fun, in a lethal sort of way.
Elsewhere, Chloe is having a gaudy first communion in Manchester, while Danielle (15) in Northampton prepares for her hen night. And underneath the bling, mega-dresses, oompah music and sense of victimhood, there are poignant stories.
About this programme
Romany Gypsy Pat faces criticism for marrying a non-gypsy. But his bride Sam is determined to prove her Gypsy girl credentials with a 14-stone dress that lights up in the dark. With 21 underskirts and moving diamante butterflies, it weighs more than the bride's father.
Six-year-old Mary Ann lives on Europe's biggest traveller site, Dale Farm in Essex, which is home to more than 1000 travellers. With a site eviction looming, Mary Ann's mother Margaret hastily arranges the celebration for her daughter's first communion.
While Mary Ann has her first ever spray tan, and suffers welts on her hips from the size of her dress, three miles away a smaller site is cleared and the traveller families watch as the bulldozers move in and destroy their homes.