60 Days With The Gypsies

60 Days with the Gypsies

In this new two-part programme, explorer and adventurer Ed Stafford spends two months living as a modern Gypsy to present an honest, revealing and entertaining look at one of Britain’s most private groups. With proposed new legislation giving police increased powers to move encampments on, Ed joins families of Gypsies and Travellers facing fines of up to £2500, possible confiscation of property and up to three months in prison if they break the law. Living with the Gypsy and Traveller communities across the country, Ed questions everything we think we know about their way of life as he experiences their centuries-old traditions by spending time with them on the road. Immersing himself in Gypsy life, Ed delves beneath the stereotypes to find out what it’s like being one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society – living on its verges, outside of its rules and, sometimes, outside its laws. He reveals the challenges that the Gypsy and Traveller communities face in modern-day Britain and seeks to understand the behaviour he encounters on the fringes of the community. In this concluding episode, Ed discovers a community that’s viewed with mistrust but steeped in tradition, and increasingly forced to live on the edge of society, including John – a Gypsy who deals in scrap metal and spends part of the year on the road and the rest of his time on a strip of land beside a roundabout in Dorset. Ed also attends the Appleby Horse Fair – the biggest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK. It’s potentially under threat because proposed new legislation will make it harder than ever for Gypsy and Traveller caravans to make the journey to Cumbria for the annual event. As Ed seeks to understand what the future looks like for Gypsies and Travellers, he meets Cheyenne, a 22-year-old single mum with two young children who’s struggling to find a site to stop on. And a march to protest the proposed new Police Bill marks the end of Ed’s time with the Gypsy and Traveller communities.

60 Days With The Gypsies – Monday 9pm on Channel 4

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