In a bid to address the issue of too many all-male panel shows, the BBC’s director of television has announced plans to tackle the issue head-on, by revamping existing output.
In an effort to kick start the initiative 8 out of 10 Cats has now been replaced by 8 out of 10 Catholics. The new show will be co-hosted by the hilarious historical commentator Mary Beard and her hysterical side-kick Sister Wendy Beckett.
Danny Cohen told The Observer “We're not going to have any more panel shows with no women on them. Our new line-up of comedy female talent includes Fiona Bruce fronting Have I Got Deadpan News for You and Katie Price in a dumbed down but side-and tit-splitting version of QI or Quim Implantation”
A BBC spokesperson has confirmed that, while all-male episodes already filmed will still be broadcast, all future programming will feature at least one female panel member or presenter. “This is not just tokenism. In fact Sir Alex Ferguson and former Channel 4 racing correspondent John McCririck, are to take turns to present Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
Sir Alec has said he is looking forward to his first show dealing with the serious issues of vaginal discharge and lesbian line dancing.”
Mr Cohen added that the corporation is also working to feature older women on its programming to reduce testosterone levels. “We have just signed up Gloria Hunniford and Angela Rippon to host Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson who, under the terms of his new contract has gone completely transgender.”