The BBC were forced to defend their Original British Drama trailer as people complained that it did not feature enough females.
According to The Telegraph, “The women featured - just 16 according to one count - are also largely depicted as kissing men, crawling towards men in bed, screaming and in the nude. One featured is a nun.”
The trailer, which featured new series such as The Escape Artist and The Great Train Robbery as well as a new glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in the long awaited third series of Sherlock, received a huge backlash from Twitter users and some of the corporations writers over the lack of women in the trailer.
Among these were TV presenter Miriam O’Reilly, who won an ageism tribunal against the BBC in 2011. The presenter told the Telegraph, “This trailer shows off the main season of programmes at the BBC – aren’t women allowed? I’m absolutely nonplussed by this.”
O’Reilly also added,” When I won my case at the BBC, Mark Thompson [the then director general] said it was a turning point, a wake up call for the broadcaster. Where’s the turning point? We haven’t seen that much change. Misogyny is engrained at the BBC, it’s part of the mindset. I don’t know what it will take for them to understand that the public wants to see women in strong roles throughout its television shows.”
A spokesperson for the BBC said, “This is the first in a series of new BBC Original British Drama trailers that showcase the range of our output, each designed to target different parts of our audience. We have a new trailer featuring female leads launching soon.”
The BBC also added that the new trailer will feature, “Olivia Coleman, Sheridan Smith, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire, Keeley Hawes, Jessica Raine, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen McCrory, Vicky McClure, Joanna Vanderham, Miranda Hart, Jenna Coleman, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Redgrave.”