Channel 4 'inundated' with Big Fat Gypsy requests
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 February 2011
Channel 4 have been inundated with requests from young travellers wanting to star in the next series of 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' because they are keen to become famous
Channel 4 has been inundated with requests from travellers to star in the next series of 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings'.
The show - which follows the lives of gypsies in the run-up to their extravagant wedding days - has been one of the network's biggest-ever hits, and bosses are already planning a whole host of follow-ups, with youngsters clamouring to take part.
A source said: "It has been a huge topic of conversation and everyone wants to be on it. The girls and boys who have been on it have gained notoriety within their community - a bit like being a local celebrity."
Channel 4 have already filmed 'Big Fat Gypsy Christmas' and spin-off shows about traveller life are set to air next year.
Even though some travellers have criticised the show - saying it makes them look bad and is reflecting negatively on the community as a whole - the majority are keen for more coverage.
The insider added to The Sun newspaper: "Some have spoken out against the show but there is certainly no shortage of people who want to go on it."
Meanwhile, Craig Revel Horwood has been forced to apologise after calling gypsies "pikeys" on TV.
The 'Strictly Come Dancing' host said: "I do apologise and I had to apologise at Christmas because I said it to one of my friends and he walked out. I do apologise to the nation for the pikey remarks. I take it back."