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With the Gypsy Wedding franchise running out of bling, Channel 4 turns to its no-nonsense dress-maker for an Apprentice-style spin-off
So, your hit documentary series has started to feel a little redundant. You're treading water and, on top of that, it's been accused of fuelling hatred and suspicion of the very community your documentary was focused on – by the community itself. So what do you do? Pull the chute, letting it pass away with some dignity like a sickly tortoise slowly dragging itself into the lawn mower's grass box for one final hibernation? Or do you prop up its rotten cadaver, draw a smiley face on it, bung on a pair of boogly eye glasses, then jerkily march it around the garden yelling through barely concealed tears, "See! We're fine! No one died! No one ever dies!" Judging by Thelma's Gypsy Girls (Sun, 9pm, Channel 4), a spin-off from sneery bum-carnival Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, »
- Gareth Aveyard
A teenager has slammed an upcoming Big Fat Gypsy Weddings spinoff show. Bridget Deadman, 17, was one of ten travellers who have taken part in Thelma's Gypsy Girls. The series follows dressmaker Thelma Madine as she teaches ten girls how to make their lavish wedding gowns. However, Deadman has criticised the show for portraying the girls taking part as "freaks". "Thelma wasn't interested in teaching us anything. It was just a freak show which made us look violent, tarty and stupid. At times it was like being on Jeremy Kyle," she told The Sun. "Every stereotype there is about gypsies was pushed to the hilt and Thelma and the camera (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Tom and Rob dismantle a Boeing 747 – then put it back together again. Wow
Do they still put peepholes in the hoarding round construction sites? It strikes me that safety concerns – or the need to keep pavement traffic moving – may have put paid to this simple courtesy.
Nowadays television is the primary peephole through which the idle gaze upon the industrious. If you have ever, like me, happily wasted a tea-time watching someone restore a Vw bus on Discovery Shed, you will have enjoyed Engineering Giants (BBC2).
The idea is simple, and pleasing: presenters Tom Wrigglesworth (an engineer turned comedian) and Rob Bell (described as "a rising star of mechanical engineering"; not sure how the nomination process works) preside over the dismantling and reassembling of a huge machine. First up in this three-part series is a Boeing 747.
If this sounds like a unique event, it's not. They do it with every »
- Tim Dowling
Andy Murray's valiant defeat by Roger Federer at the Wimbledon tennis final attracted a peak audience of 16.9 million, the highest viewing figure since at least 1990 and a record for a British player at the tournament.
An average audience of 11.4 million tuned into BBC1's coverage of the Wimbeldon Men's final between 1pm and 6.45pm on Sunday 8 July, a 58% share of total TV viewing across that time period.
Viewing peaked at 16.9 million at 6.10pm as Murray lost to Federer in a riveting four-set clash, according to an analysis of five-minute viewing data.
BBC Sport said that it was the highest peak viewing figures for a Wimbledon final since at least 1990, which is as far back as accurate audience statistics are currently available, which managed a 15-minute peak of 9.8 million.
The 16.9 million peak is a »
- Mark Sweney
4 items from 2012
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