‘I think women are possibly judged more harshly with comedy’: Women and British television comedy production

Sarah Ralph, Brett Mills

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The issue of the lack of women working in British television comedy has recently been highlighted by both critics and creative workers. Through thematic analysis of interviews with British television comedy professionals, this article explores the ways in which women talk about their work and position in this industry, focusing on the context of gender. After outlining the specific industrial contexts within which female comedy professionals’ work, the article examines the institutionalised gender norms and practical impediments revealed by interviewees’ responses, whilst also exploring the institutional, as well as personal initiatives which have been instigated to address these problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Women
  • British television comedy
  • production
  • interviews
  • creative workers

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