Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star says he’s “forced” into a life of crime

by Lynn Connolly

In tomorrow night’s edition of the new series of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, we’re to hear on traveller claiming that he’s been “forced” into a life of crime because nobody will give him a job.

However, another, Brendan, boasts that he chooses a life on the wrong side of the law, and we’ll hear him say that if he got a job in an office, he’d lose it because he’d steal from his employer.

But he added that prejudice towards travellers precludes him for jobs anyway.

He says, “If I knock on a door and ask for a job, once they hear my voice, that’s it, they close the door.

“If an Englishman went, he’d get a job straight away.”

And according to the Daily Star, Brendan, who’s facing yet another prison term – he’s already been in prison four times – over a charge of handling stolen goods, says, “I hate the police and they hate me, but that’s OK…

“Obviously I do my own things to make money.”

As mentioned, this episode airs tomorrow night on Channel 4 at 9pm, and is entitled, ‘I Fought the Law’.

But if you just can’t get enough of the show, you can click here to go to its micro-site on C4 to watch mini-episodes.

In the meantime, here’s the official synopsis for tomorrow night’s episode…

This episode shows how Romany gypsies and travellers’ attempts to live a traditional life can get them in trouble with the law.

Irish traveller Danielle is determined to live her life in a traditional way, so at just 15 years old she is planning a lavish black, pink and bling hen party. The only problem is her intended groom, 20-year-old Brendan, is up in court on the same day.

Romany gypsy Ambrose takes his horse and trap out to practise ahead of a traditional – but illegal – horse-and-trap road race. Will Ambrose be able make it first to the finish line, or will his fun be scuppered by the local constabulary?

Irish traveller Mary Louther and her family are constantly moved from site to site. Threatened with eviction again from their illegal site in Leeds, they are followed by the cameras as they prepare to leave under the cover of darkness and race to a new location before the police can stop them.

And eight-year-old Chloe prepares for a her First Holy Communion. Unfortunately her dad can’t be there, but to make sure he does not completely miss out, Chloe hopes to pay him a visit at Strangeways prison in her remarkable ‘sticky out’ communion dress.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.