Magazine article The Spectator

Wedding Belles

Magazine article The Spectator

Wedding Belles

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The pedants who say fly-on-the wall documentaries are cheap, meaningless television could not be more wrong. They are the postmodernist answer to David Attenborough, the Life on Earth de nos jours . Anyone who doubts this should watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wed d in g on Channel 4 (Tuesdays, 9 p. m. and, if missed, on 4oD).

Not since meerkats exploded on to our screens have television cameras transported us into such a rare and fascinating habitat.

Those uptight commentators whingeing about the antics of the gypsies entirely miss the point .

Does one watch Attenborough and afterwards complain that 'this daft meerkat fell asleep on its feet and toppled over '? No.

Personally, I felt utterly privileged to be able to witness a girl in a wedding dress inlaid with flashing light bulbs. …

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