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Greatest Women On TV

Historian Mary Beard has spoken out about online misogyny and internet trolling after being bombarded by "truly vile" abuse following an appearance on BBC 2's Question Time last week. It's not the first time the Meet The Romans presenter has attracted irrational criticism: last year Sunday Times journalist AA Gill declared her too unattractive for TV in a review of her BBC2 show. Mary's response was, unsurprisingly, measured and intelligent.

When we take to a television presenter it’s because they are passionate about a topic or knowledgeable about an issue and have the talent to share their ideas engagingly. We pulled together 14 of the television women we really admire. We wanted to include more but, depressingly, there isn’t a very large pool to choose from (please add your own favourites in the comments below.) Read on and celebrate some of the brilliant broadcasters we have in Britain.

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