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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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From Anna Kendrick's new love to a Destiny's Child reunion

by Nicola Colyer
17 Feb 2017

Amanda Knox reveals the truth about relationships in prison

"Relationships help keep us sane, even if they're forbidden or not ideal”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Feb 2017

Susan Sarandon discusses being sexually fluid: “I'm open”

“My sexual orientation is up for grabs”

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Feb 2017

“How you can fight this shameful U-turn on child refugees”

Positive ways to channel your outrage

15 Feb 2017

Chrissy Teigen has no time for #relationshipgoals

A drunken post-Grammys Snapchat with her husband is doing the rounds

by Amy Swales
15 Feb 2017

Blake Lively is teaching her daughters that perfection is a myth

She wants them to challenge today’s unrealistic beauty standards

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Feb 2017

Scarlett Johansson gets realistic about marriage and monogamy

“I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person”

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Feb 2017

Emily Ratajkowski, Melania Trump and the fight against slut-shaming

Ratajkowski is an avowed Democrat – but she’s ready to defend the First Lady.

by Moya Crockett
15 Feb 2017

Bake Off’s Prue Leith: everything you need to know

So… has the food writer really got what it takes to replace GBBO’s Marry Berry?

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Feb 2017

Why the internet loved Adele’s low-key wedding announcement

You do you, Adele

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Feb 2017