- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Alison Graham
Traveller girl Delores is preparing for her wedding in the small Irish town of Rathkeale, where “wedding season” can see up to ten gypsy weddings a week. Her prenuptial party dress is based around a palm-trees-and-pineapple theme so Delores and her best friend, as they totter into a waiting limo, look like two flamenco dancers who have crashed into a greenhouse.
As this award-winning/ratings hit/cultural phenomenon returns, the dresses are just as outrageous as ever; huge sequinned puffball clouds crossed with diamante prisons that swamp the wearer as she strives to have the biggest and best. Delores has cat shapes picked out in rhinestones on her gargantuan wedding gown and all the girl guests are primped and spray-tanned in their teeny-weeny outfits.
They start young; nine-year-old Nangirl is getting dolled up for her first holy communion. What’s the most important part of the day, she is asked: “My dress... and receiving Jesus Christ.”
About this programme
This episode looks at the milestones in a Gypsy girl's life leading to the biggest day of all - her wedding.
From first Holy Communion (described as a 'dress rehearsal for her wedding day') to the strict rules of courtship, a hen night and, of course, the spectacular wedding itself, this episode examines the traditions and rules followed by Gypsy and traveller girls in Britain today.
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