‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ to return for second series

The hit documentary show will explore wider issues next year

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is returning to Channel 4 for a second series.

The documentary series was a huge hit for the channel this year, earning over eight million viewers and and a BAFTA nomination.

It will return with six new episodes in 2012, with subjects like dressmaker Thelma Madine and traveller patriarch Paddy Doherty taking part once again. The new series will investigate issues including family, health, money and education among the traveller community.

Tina Flintoff, factual entertainment commissioning editor for Channel 4 said in a statement: “Big Fat Gypsy Weddings was a phenomenon. It would have been very easy for us to just commission more of the same but we wanted to enhance the series by adding more journalism and offering an even deeper insight into the gypsy and traveller way of life without losing what makes the show accessible, the weddings, christenings and spectacular celebrations.”

Executive producer Jes Wilkins added: “We are excited about the creative challenge of how to follow up such a successful series. We are extremely grateful to all the gypsies and travellers who have opened up their lives to us over the last two years and we look forward to cultivating more relationships going forward.”