Dara Ó Briain’s token woman

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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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Encounters Short Film Festival: So you think that’s funny

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I’ve always had somewhat of an ambiguous attitude to the Encounters Short Film Festival, which has taken place in the city of Bristol once a year for the last 19 years.

I’m a fan of the short film, I enjoy sitting in a darkened and otherwise quiet room when all gets a little too much. Whether that’s hiding in the corner under a blanket with a cup of coffee watching A Field in England at this year’s End of the Road Festival, or escaping to the press room – where lights are compellingly dimmed – at almost every single conference on game development I’ve been too as I try to escape both the talks, and a hangover. Stranger still, I’ve never been a games writer.

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