Danny Cohen, BBC director of television, this week promised a better gender mix on such shows as Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, which typically comprise all-male panels. The move is part of a drive by the BBC Trust to address gender imbalance on our television screens. So it’s no more ‘token women” on their programmes.’
I have a problem with that! Comedy panel shows are a male preserve for a good reason. There is an abundance of experienced, male stand-up comedians and writers of comedy. The time women spend raising children, their male partners are ‘out there’ honing their trade. Furthermore, it is acceptable for men to be crude. Not so for women!There is nothing worse than watching a female panel show guest trying to be funny and not pulling it off. Having said that, the few women who do appear on shows are generally as funny as their male counterparts. For the sake of political correctness, why spoil a winning formula? There is no substitute for experience, and men have it!