Series 1 - Episode 1


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Paddy and Sally's first destination is Andalusia, the heartland of Spanish gitanos and the home of flamenco. In Sacromonte, the ancient gitano quarter of Granada, they meet Curro and his family. He is a legend of flamenco and his passion inspires Sally to learn the dance.

Paddy is not so keen and sets off to meet another gitano, a rising star of the bullfighting world. Alphonso Olivio Soto shows Paddy the essential moves for a toreador and, of course, Paddy has to have a go. Sally is outraged and refuses to attend.

In Seville, Sally persuades Paddy to join her for a flamenco lesson – after they have been shopping for the right outfits, but Paddy is reluctant to give up his trademark vests. It is a difficult dance, but
both give it a go, with a little success.

Later, they visit the infamous 3000 Viviendas – one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of Seville and home tomany gitanos. There they meet Luis and his family and help on his market stall. This leads to an invitation to a spectacular Spanish gypsy wedding, where they discover a shocking tradition. During the ceremony, the bride must undergo a virginity test for the wedding to proceed. This ancient custom shocks Paddy and outrages Sally.

Comments (32)

  • malcolm long

    over 1 year ago

    malcolm long

    how come the ads work but the program dont fed up now

  • barry

    over 1 year ago


    get a life its a bull bet you all eat meat thoe dont ye sado,s

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  • Mandy

    over 1 year ago


    I am a vegan animal lover but I don't see what the fuss is about with showing bullfighting. I don't think Channel 5 were promoting or condoning it - just showing a reality. It wouldn't be right to censor something just because we wish it didn't exist. The anthropological nature of this series has an obligation to show the differences in various cultures - warts and all.

  • maureen williams

    over 1 year ago

    maureen williams

    How come 25 people can be disturbed about scenes where no bulls were hurt but no mention of the young bride who was violated to see if she was a virgin I found that more disturbing,

  • Tina

    over 1 year ago


    I'm gutted I missed this first episode! Does anyone know if it's repeated on telly before next wks episode? Thanks :)

  • blaze

    over 1 year ago


    how come 5 on demand is not working plz sort it out Now tar

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  • denzil

    over 1 year ago


    I think if you look carefully you will find paddys raging bull was in fact a cow. ha ha ha

  • Caroline

    over 1 year ago


    I enjoyed watching, although i am totally against the cruel "sport" of bull fighting, i think channel 5 have a right to show other cultures, there are many "barbaric" acts done by people from all parts of the world, some deem ok some do not, if we go down this road then where will it end? Thanks channel 5 i enjoyed it and choose to FF past the bullfighting part, they do explain in the credits btw, so if your against it dont watch, just like i am against illegal occupations so i dont watch programmes that contain it!

  • Emma

    over 1 year ago


    This program is hilarious, they are exact opposites of one another lol I can't wait for next week! The things Paddy says are so funny 'When you're in the ring the bull just gets bigger and bigger' hahahahahaha The only thing about the program that I didn't like was going to a bullfighting training arena. I know that they didn't kill any bulls during the program, but that doesn't make it alright to show the training facilities, because you know what's going to happen once they've completed their training.

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  • Clippie

    over 1 year ago


    It's part of Spain FFS

  • Bob

    over 1 year ago


    For God's sake folks - if you are that offended, don't watch.

  • Dorothy and Tony Mason

    over 1 year ago

    Dorothy and Tony Mason

    I am outraged that you should be even thinking of showing any connection with bullfighting,it is a cruel act of torture for 30 minutes,it is not a sport nor is it culture-but the remains of the sadistic nature of uneducated Spaniards.Many townsin Spain have now banned bullfighting. And promotion in any shape is a backward step--Shame on you channel 5-

  • Clare Perriam

    over 1 year ago

    Clare Perriam

    Bullfighting = torture DO NOT PUT THIS PROGRAMME OUT!!!!!!!!

  • val

    over 1 year ago


    To show responsibility, you must show the inhumanity of bullfighting as well as the 'fluff' stuff.

  • Clare Perriam

    over 1 year ago

    Clare Perriam

    How dare you put this on our tv screens. Bad enough Jamie Oliver's 'faux pas' but this is outrageous.

  • Allison Walsh

    over 1 year ago

    Allison Walsh

    Please do not promote the ritualistic torture of animals as entertainment or so-called culture! It is evil, vicious and barbaric and deserves to be decried at every opportunity!

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  • David

    over 1 year ago


    No to promoting bullfighting on C5. Why have 2 Spanish regions banned it? Because it is torture! More will follow, so cut it from the prog!


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  • Sue Fellows

    over 1 year ago

    Sue Fellows

    Do not show this programme as it gives this barbaric industry publicity. Bull fighting is a cruel horrific so called 'sport' which the majority of the public want banned.

  • k

    over 1 year ago


    Bullfighting! This is 2012, please do not promote this barbaric torturing of animals on Channel 5.

  • Eileen Locatelli

    over 1 year ago

    Eileen Locatelli

    Please do not promote bullfighting.There are so many Spanish people trying to end this abusive so called tradition.It is not culture or sport is animal abuse and torture.Please think before you show this as part of this series.

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  • Julie Dees

    over 1 year ago

    Julie Dees

    This is barbaric, why are you glamourising this horrendous cruelty to animals. It is the same as cock fighting and badger baiting, would you show this on your channel?

  • Sarah Turner

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Turner

    Please do not broadcast anything which promotes bull fighting in any way, we will not stand for it!! It is absolutely barbaric. Please, please think again!!!!!

  • Wendy Carter

    over 1 year ago

    Wendy Carter

    Please do not promote the bull fighting here in Spain. It truly isn't Culture it is a tortuous act. Here in Spain we are trying to educate people about the barbaric act that is Bull Fighting. Please do not do this.

  • Cindy Carpenter

    over 1 year ago

    Cindy Carpenter

    For gods sake, more bullfighting promotion? What part of sadistic torture to an animal do you not see? Would you cover dogfighting in the UK in such a light hearted manner? Pull your medieval heads out of your backsides and help better the world, not make it worse!

  • Clare Roberts

    over 1 year ago

    Clare Roberts

    Why does English television insist on showing barbaric ritualised cruelty? There is enough abuse in the world without promoting this type of state-sanctioned torture.

  • Roxanne Sutton

    over 1 year ago

    Roxanne Sutton

    I hope this isnt going to promote Bullfighting!! I live In this part of Spain and what we dont need is more ignorant promotions of this Vile Industry 80% Of Spaniards want this to end!!