Yes BBC, we all know you’re wonderful and majestic, and that you have had great productions over the years and you will provide quality television for more to come, but there’s no need to toot you’re own horn while Benedict Cumberbatch recites Shakespeare, is there? Well, actually, yes, there is. 

In case you missed it, click here to watch the BBC interactive trailer celebrating a lifetime of original British drama, which features new glimpses of the network’s upcoming shows, and a look at some of the most beloved drama series of the last years. 

Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Powerful Feminist Acceptance Speech at the Golden Globes

Maggie Gyllenhaal just gave one of the most feminist speeches in Golden Globes history.

“After winning an award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series for her role in The Honourable Woman, Gyllenhaal used her acceptance speech to highlight Hollwood’s new-found ability to simultaneously represent more women and celebrate their complexity. 

As Gyllenhaal eloquently noted, it’s not enough to just have more movies about women. Hollywood needs to make room for stories about "women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not.”

“What I think is new is the roles for actual women in television and film,” said Gyllenhaal. “That’s what i think is revolutionary and evolutionary— and it’s turning me on.”

Her comments echo those made by Natalie Portman in 2013 in Elle Magazine when she talked about the problem with the generic strong female characters. “The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins,” she noted. “That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”

Read the full piece and watch her acceptance speech here

I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately, and when I look around the room at the women who are in here, and I think about the performances I’ve seen this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not. And what I think is new is the wealth of roles for ACTUAL women in television and in film. That’s what I think it revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me on.

- Maggie Gyllenhaul’s Golden Globe acceptance speech for her (outstanding) performance in “The Honourable Woman

I watched the last ep of The Honourable Woman last night. Holy crap. If you are interested in:

  • strong female characters, the kind who are sometimes weak, sometimes make bad decisions, sometimes do terrible things and have terrible things done to them, yet sometimes do heroic things anyway;
  • an MI6 agent who has to sleep his way into his job;
  • Gaza;
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal or Stephen Rea;
  • Bisexuality on screen;
  • This line: “In a room full of pussies, I’m the only one with a vagina.”

You really need to watch The Honourable Woman before it vanishes from iplayer. [If you can’t get to that page, let me introduce you to Hola.]

>> atika halabi: the honourable woman (remember that)
you’re right, i am a wandering arab. it is what the world has made me.

1. frida sundemo - machine; 2. the gaslight anthem - have mercy; 3. azam ali -  from heaven to dust; 4. chandni venkataraman - zombie; 5. emma marks - bad blood; 6. ellie goulding ft. angel haze - life round here; 7. beginners - so close i almost believed it; 8. orenda fink - this is part of something greater; 9. azam ali - dreamers of the day; 10. bjork - scatterheart; 11. keaton henson - lying to you; 12. sarah harmer - capsized; 13. tina dico - as far as love goes; 14. moist - hate; 15. keaton henson - beekeeper; 16. jeff rona ft. azam ali - no place else; 17. jawaher shofani - nami (lament)

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