Dara Ó Briain’s token woman


Dara Ó Briain says the ban on all male panel shows by the BBC’s director of TV, Danny Cohen will result in Holly Walsh, Katherine Parkinson et al being seen as token women. More accurately, Holly Walsh et al will actually be revealed as the token woman, because on Ó Briain’s show, they always have been.

Find a Mock the Week line-up that has two female guests in one show and this conversation wouldn’t be happening.

Why Ó Briain is so upset about this isn’t particularly clear either. If we’re still only going to get one ‘token’ female comedian on the Mock the Week line up, then nothing’s going to have changed except, potentially, the audience’s perception. Or, to put it another way, Ó Briain is worried that the audience will see through the BBC, the show itself and Ó Briain’s already spurious and cynical approach to the issue.

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