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C4 lines up “My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune”

Channel 4 in the UK is set to launch My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune later this month, exploring where the money comes from to pay for the extravagant weddings featured in the Gypsy franchise (pictured).
April 3, 2013

Channel 4 in the UK is set to launch My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune later this month, exploring where the money comes from to pay for the extravagant weddings featured in the Gypsy franchise (pictured).

The one-off promises to reveal the secrets of the Gypsy and Traveler economy, with a cast of characters including 15-year-old Romany Gypsy Alfie Best, whose father is said to be worth more than £100 million (US$152 million); CassyAnne and her husband Bill, who have a business of ‘blinging up’ household goods; and “down-on-his-luck” George, who is a traveling salesman.

The show also follows Irish Traveler Larry, who reveals the secrets of financing the outrageous weddings, as he prepares for his eldest daughters’ nuptials, which boasts eight bridesmaids, 300 guests, and a huge white dress.

My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune is the latest special lined up after the February broadcast of My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine, which was in line with the announcement to cancel the My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series but continue on with specials. Firecracker Films, which produced the series and the Valentine special, produced Fortune.

The doc is currently slated to air on April 14. The director and producer are Paddy Collins and Lucy Wilcox respectively, the exec producer is Jes Wilkins, and the series producer is Morgan Roberts.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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