With the dawn of the box-set and the ubiquity of on-demand services, it seems our choices for great television have never been better. We thought we’d share 3 of the best dramas for female breadwinners; those that feature interesting, flawed, but passionate working women. This is television so they may be more glamorous than us mere mortals, but we love that these women are pragmatic, enjoy their work and aren’t afraid of power. So when you have a bit of rare down time, we’d recommend:
Borgen: A top series from the land of The Killing, featuring a fictional female Danish prime minister. Each episode features heroine Birgitte Nyborg making tough choices and negotiating politics aiming to keep her family and sense of integrity intact. No tough challenge then? We love the way a tough social challenge is tackled in each episode; from offering aid to dictators in Africa to banning prostitution in an effort to curb trafficking – finding that each issue is far less straightforward than we’d like to believe. Our only disappointment? The show is now off the air and not even available on BBC iPlayer so it’s a box-set investment if you want to catch up – but its well worth the investment.
The Bridge: We love the Bridge for the way it challenges social conventions as to what a female heroine should be. Saga Noren is a near autistic copper with a weakness for leather trousers and one night stands. Her meticulous and considered approach to crime-solving is a great foil for her male partner; a seemingly family man who the fantastic ‘soft skills’ of reading and communicating with people we’ve come to associate primarily with female characters. A crime drama that goes beyond ‘the usual suspects’.
Scandal: An American import, this series, features Olivia Pope, a Washington ‘fixer’ – the person who cleans up the highly sensitive problems of politicians whilst herself having an affair with the President of the US. While this one has more of a soap opera feel than our other two recommendations, we love Scandal for putting a African American actress as the female lead. What’s even better is that her race is not a main issue; she’s just a strong woman leading a great team, who happens to be black. Female Breadwinners were disappointed that Kerry Washington was pipped to the post for an Emmy this past year, her win would have made her the first black female lead to win the award ever. But there’s always next year…