2014 sees Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host Strictly Come Dancing. Yup, that’s right – two women are fronting one of biggest shows on telly.
Here at Radio Times HQ we’re all for celebrating the clever, talented and formidable females operating in the upper echelons of the TV industry. So, we’ve arranged a rundown of the women to watch, compiled by Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, Bafta chief exec Amanda Berry, Comic Relief founder Emma Freud, Pointless host Richard Osman, publicity exec Victoria Brooks and RT’s TV editor Alison Graham.
The power list of TV and radio’s top females features both on- and off-screen talent. From three-time Bafta Award-winner Olivia Colman to Olympic national treasure Clare Balding and beloved Bake Off judge Mary Berry, our actresses, comediennes and TV personalities are thriving, heralding meaty female roles, giving us a place in sport and – crucially – getting women talked about.
Behind-the-scenes, there are the likes of mother-and-daughter team Beryl and Sue Vertue – the Hartswood Films producers responsible for BBC’s Emmy Award-winning export Sherlock. Meanwhile, Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt spotted the potential in quirky mega-hits Gogglebox and Educating Yorkshire and writer Sally Wainwright has brought her golden touch to BBC hits Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley.
“Our list shows that the women are here, and they are going to stay,” says Alison Graham. To see the full version, pick up a copy of this week’s Radio Times – on sale from Tuesday 2 September in the shops and on Newsstand for iPad or iPhone