This is why we need more ‘monstrous’ women on telly

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This is why we need more ‘monstrous’ women on telly

Billie Piper laments lack of ‘difficult’ female characters, begging the question: why do we find them challenging?

Kat Brown

I can s­­­till recite Lady Macbeth’s monologue by heart. At 13, it was the most magnetic thing I’d ever heard, because ambitious, violent or just plain “bad” women were so rare in the books I’d read.

They were even rarer on TV — and still are. So I sympathise with actress Billie Piper, who has spoken of her frustration at broadcasters’ ongoing efforts to make the female experience “more palatable”, rather than reflecting women more honestly.

Piper, who will soon play a fictionalised version of herself in drama I Hate Suzie, told the UK’s Radio Times that her character is “not always likable or a great mother. She’s quite often monstrous and hysterical, and tightly wound. But that’s in all of us. I find it incredibly frustrating when I watch anything and I’m not getting that from a female character.”..

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