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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

A portrait of Irish Traveller and Roma communities in Britain, focusing on the often-misunderstood groups' rite-of-passage events, including weddings, communions and christenings.

Premiered: February 18, 2010

Rating: TV-PG

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  • Premiered: February 18, 2010
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: A portrait of Irish Traveller and Roma communities in Britain, focusing on the often-misunderstood groups' rite-of-passage events, including weddings, communions and christenings. (more)

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