(PCM) When we first met British dressmaker Thelma Madine, she was taking gypsy and traveler women from maidenhood to matrimony with her over-the-top dresses and extravagant designs on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. But now we’ll see her help unconventional, as well – those young women who’d rather get hired than hitched – in TLC’s new four-part series Little Shop of Gypsies, premiering Thursday, October 11 at 10/9c.
The show, narrated by Ellen K, focuses around Thelma as she puts her reputation on the line by taking on 10 traveler women as apprentices, attempting to train them in the seamstress skills that made her a name within the community and around the world. With only six months to train them and teach them a trade as intricate as tailoring, Thelma is up for the challenge with the help of her passionate belief that women should control their own lives. Her program is rigorous and allows traveler women the promise of a future, but not all goes smoothly.
The women are there to help Thelma manage the growing demand for her fabulously theatrical dresses, but the women have difficult responding to authority and the propensity to turn on each other, including a pin-pricking attack on one of the apprentices! They’ll face suspensions that threaten the entire experiment, pushing Thelma to her limits and even making her nearly abandon the business.
Dresses and drama! What more could you want? Check out a sneak peak video below:
Little Shop of Gypsies Premieres Thursday, October 11 at 10/9c on TLC.