Just been to the meeting at the Royal Television Society hosted by Firecracker Productions – makers of the series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
Very lively debate, particularly as there were a number of gypsies and travellers in the audience who wanted Firecracker to be aware of the damage that the series has done to them. Outside, many of the women were telling us about the bullying and abuse their children have had to face in school since the series aired.
Footage on youtube: BFGW Royal Television Society 30th March 2011
The Firecracker team seemed surprised by the outrage – they had been saying that they were “proud”, it had been a “very gratifying experience”, that had received “universal acclaim” and that the series had been an attempt to “counter prejudice”.
From the reactions tonight, it seems they failed then…………….