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The Town the Gypsies Took Over - Channel 5

From the creators of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings comes unprecedented access to the world-famous Appleby Horse Fair – the biggest gypsy fair in Europe.  


Over 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, thousands of caravans, several hundred horse-drawn vehicles descend upon the sleepy town of Appleby in Cumbria every year. The fair has been going for over 500 years. This celebration of travelling culture draws thousands of tourists and creates challenges and conflicts for local residents and business, the police and other authorities. With unprecedented 360 degree access this feature documentary captures all those cultural clashes .

The Town The Gypsies Took Over was the highest rating Channel 5 documentary of the year to date when it broadcast, and beat the Channel 5 slot average by more than 50% with a consolidated audience of 1.9m, holding viewers for the full 90 minute duration.

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