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Does topical television comedy have a 'women problem'?

9 July 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Olivia Munn's appointment to The Daily Show has been met with derision. But most humorous shows fail to book female talent

Much-loved, left-leaning Us topical comedy staple The Daily Show has just announced its first new female correspondent in seven years: presenter Olivia Munn. This has led to accusations that the show has a "woman problem" – because of the very small number of women on screen and because some believe that new recruit Munn, who has appeared on the cover of Playboy, has been selected for her looks rather than her comic abilities. On Tuesday the women who work on The Daily Show released an open letter to the show's deriders, to mixed reactions.

But is British topical comedy any better at featuring women? Sadly, we don't have anything like The Daily Show in the UK, and the closest thing we do have is probably newsy panel shows like »

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David Mitchell 'slams BBC over comedy show'

22 February 2010 11:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Mitchell has criticised the BBC over its decision to block its newsreaders from appearing on the star's new comedy quizshow. The series, titled The Bubble, contains real and fake news clips which celebrity contestants are asked to distinguish. The BBC decided that it will not endorse its reporters, such as Nick Robinson who featured in the pilot, to such a show - despite Fiona Bruce appearing in a fake news clip on EastEnders Live: The Aftermath last Friday. After using the news story as part of Friday's edition, the Peep Show actor said wryly: "Big round of applause for those guys. Apparently it would undermine BBC News because if they turned on, saw something ridiculous with The Bubble in the corner, they'd think it was a BBC News story." He added: "We've (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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EastEnders | The Mentalist | The Bubble | Life | Watch this

19 February 2010 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

EastEnders | The Mentalist | The Bubble | Life


8pm, BBC1

The first-ever live episode of the BBC's flagship soap, now celebrating 25 years on television, in which Ricky and Bianca hold their wedding knees-up and Archie's killer is finally unmasked. Then it's over to BBC3 straight afterwards, where Archie's real-life son, George Lamb – with his funny bowtie and rolled-up trouser legs, like a confused academic off for a paddle – will interview the still-panting cast live in Albert Square. There's also backstage footage shot in the run-up to tonight's momentous happenings. Exciting, isn't it?

The Mentalist

9pm, Five

Get past the show's title, the distraction of a male lead being constantly addressed as "Jane", Simon Baker's curly, highlighted hairdo, and an improbably juvenile and photogenic team of criminal investigators, and you have here a perfectly serviceable procedural drama, distinguished by Jane's clever line in pseudo-psychic observational techniques. Tonight's second series opener, a workaday whodunit, »

- Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, John Robinson

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