"Little Shop of Gypsies" is a reality docu-series on TLC starring British dressmaker Thelma Madine, who was first seen on "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." She has taken gypsy and traveler women from maidenhood to matrimony with her over-the-top dresses and extravagant designs. As an ardent supporter of women's rights, Thelma now wants to help unconventional gypsies — young women who would rather get hired than get hitched. Thelma puts her reputation on the line by taking on 10 traveler women as apprentices.

Six months is very little time to learn a trade as intricate as tailoring, but Thelma has never backed down from a challenge. She built her business from scratch after the collapse of her first marriage, and passionately believes women should control their own lives. Her program is rigorous, but will allow traveler women to learn a trade and live for something other than just their families. At the same time, Thelma gains 10 willing hands to help her manage the growing demand for her fabulously theatrical dresses. Not all goes smoothly, though, as the women have difficulty responding to authority, turn on each other — including a pin-pricking attack on one of the apprentices — and face suspensions that threatens the entire experiment. Thelma herself hits her limits, and nearly abandons the business.

Ellen K narrates "Little Shop of Gypsies," which is produced by Firecracker Films. The executive producers are Sue Oriel, Mark Soldinger, and Jes Wilkins.


Network: TLC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 11, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Firecracker Films

'Little Shop of Gypsies' Goes Behind the Seams of Dressmaking Business — Premiering Thursday, October 11, the new spin-off series of TLC's "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" turns travelers into dressmakers. Read more...

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