In tonight’s edition of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, which airs on Channel 4 at 9pm, we’re set to see children as young as 3 years old riding on quad bikes, and children of around 7 driving Jeeps and other vehicles, such as forklift trucks.
The Suns states, “The show focuses on what traveller children do after leaving school – usually at the age of 11 or 12.”
The paper adds that in tonight’s edition, which is entitled, School of Hard Knocks, we’ll meet 12 year old Eamus, who will be seen driving a car before braking sharply, and asking “What did I hit?”
And apparently, another child – who’s in the passenger seat – is jolted forward as Eamus brakes.
Eamus, who explains that he loves driving and enjoys working with his dad on roofing repairs, adds, “Now all I’ve got to do is learn to read because you’ve got to be able to do the theory test.”
We’ll also see 7 year old Mickey who drives a forklift truck and reveals that he first drove a quad bike at the age of 3…
His proud dad says, “He’s only seven and he can already do most jobs that a 25-year-old man can do.”
A third child, Alice says, “I started driving motorbikes first, when I was seven.”
However the main focus of the episode is 15 year old Santanna, who we’ll meet as she plans her lavish 16th birthday party.
Here’s the full synopsis for School of Hard Knocks from Channel 4…
Fifteen-year-old Santana is planning a lavish 16th birthday party, to include a 16-tier cake decorated with fireworks.
No longer at school, Santana spends a lot of her time cleaning the family chalet. While 16-year-old Cassa is bucking the trend of many traveller teens by still going to school, is her motivation qualifications, or the opportunity to attend the prom in a giant Barbie-inspired prom dress?
Meanwhile, Alice left school after primary and works at her dad’s horse fair. But her best friend Angel has decided to stay on and plans to take her GCSEs.
Angel’s decision to continue her education has been made harder due to the racial abuse she experiences at school.