U.S. cable network TLC has acquired Firecracker Films’ hit UK ob doc series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (pictured), and has confirmed it is in development with the production company on a new series that will explore the lives of gypsies and travellers in America.
The original Gypsy Weddings series has proven a ratings-winner for Channel 4 in the UK, and TLC will broadcast the seven-part series starting with a sneak peek on May 29, and airing weekly from June. In addition to the U.S., the series will also air on TLC in Poland, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia later this year.
“TLC prides itself on providing access to worlds that our viewers might not otherwise experience, revealing the relatable in the extraordinary,” said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC. “Having the opportunity to explore the hidden and often misunderstood gypsy and traveller culture continues the network’s commitment to compelling storytelling and surprising real-life characters.”
Meanwhile, TLC said the newly commissioned series would reveal “the everyday lives and the age-old customs that make up their family and social dynamics” of the more than one million gypsies that live in America. It is scheduled to debut in early 2012.