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Traveller families plan legal action for damages against Channel 4

Traveller families in the UK are reportedly planning to take legal action against Channel 4 for its portrayal of them on the TV series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

The programme ended last week and attracted more than eight million viewers per episode, but those involved with the documentaries have claimed they were portrayed in a negative light and are suffering from bullying as a result.

Some gypsy men have claimed they have been unable to find work because of negative perceptions brought about by the series, while women say they have had bookings for weddings cancelled.

One community is said to be seeking £10 million in damages from Channel 4 for the damage done to its reputation.

"We have a strong case. People are absolutely fuming about it. It's been a real nightmare for us," Romany gypsy Bill Newland told the Daily Star.

Channel 4 - which embarked on a major review of its output in 2007 to reflect the digital age - is reportedly looking into a second series of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Posted by Richard Saunders

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