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Crowdsourcing: differences in TV roles for women in America and the UK.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about new American TV shows featuring female leads, but I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about it. For one thing, I don't actually watch a lot of TV — okay I watch a lot of TV because of my job, but there aren't a lot of shows I follow on a conscious, consistent basis. More importantly, it was really really hard to find shows worth mentioning. There's just not a lot of new content coming out that seems to be both smart and featuring women.


That being said, I've been thinking about British TV a lot. Granted a lot of these shows aren't new per se — they've been out for at least a year or so — but it seems that there are a lot more programs that have more interesting, if not better roles for women. Some shows I'm thinking of in particular are The Bletchley Circle, Call The Midwife, The Fall, Scott & Bailey, Restless (gotta shout out to my girl Hayley Atwell), etc. A lot of these are period shows or shows about female detectives, and I feel like we just don't see a lot of the former in American television. I know British TV isn't perfect — racial representation leaves something to be desired, but it does have something going for it in terms of female roles.

I'm super curious as to why the UK has more (or seems to have more) interesting shows about women, but I can't find any good anecdata. Maybe it doesn't ultimately matter. Maybe I'm just talking out of my ass. I've been trying to read up on the British TV industry as it's vastly different from the American TV industry. For those of you who live in the UK and/or who are more clued into British pop culture, do you think there are better or more interesting roles for women in your TV shows? Why do you think that is? I want answers.

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