Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World features the lives of children from the Traveller community. This is their world through their eyes.
12 year old Romany Gypsy Ben has been bullied his entire school life. As soon as he reveals to friends 'is it ok that I'm a Traveller?' he hears the all too familiar stereotypes: 'no we can't be friends, you'll rob me blind'. Unfortunately for Ben the bullying has often resulted in violence and we join Ben as he is collected from his 9th school by Mum Nathalie. This incident leaves Ben with a nasty bump on his head and his spirits crushed. 'I'd rather go to school as Ben the 12 year old boy, not Ben the Gypsy'. Not to be held back, Ben has dreams of becoming a pilot. He funds his £150 an hour lessons himself by selling eggs to the local cafe. Every 10 weeks Ben can afford a pilot's lesson. But will he manage to obtain the qualifications to become a pilot with so many interruptions to his education?
4 year old English Traveller Rudy is about to watch his Dad, professional cage fighter and 'Gypsy super hero' Tony, in the cage for the very first time. This is a violent sport, but Tony believes Rudy should see it, especially as mum Danielle 'mothers him too much'. Fighting is all Tony knows; 'Our world is different, it's a hard hard road'. But he wants Rudy to stay in school and have the opportunities that he didn't.
9 year old Irish Traveller Alivia and best friend Alicia are facing eviction for the second time this year. Previously evicted from a council run site due to health and safety concerns, they are ironically facing health and safety issues again. They have now been living on a car park without running water or toilets for 3 months. We witness their next devastating eviction, and this time these best friends are separated in order to find somewhere to stay....until they are evicted again.
Attracted 1.7 million viewers (7.7% share) on first TX on Thursday 8th September 2016 at 9pm