To believe the smash British series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, every single traveller and Romany girl is marrying at 16 in a 3-ton dress prior to a life of semi-illiterate subservience. It's not surprising, then, that the Irish Traveller Movement has asked Channel 4 for a right of reply — in their own words.
The unfortunately titled reality series is a bonanza of elaborate dresses and culture clash. But how much of it is editing — and how much is still worryingly real?
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding lets us into the lives of a little-seen community...and it's complicated.