Do they think a time will come when people talk about Janet, Rachel and Gill as just characters rather than female characters? Says Lesley Sharp: “I do slightly raise my eyebrows when I get asked what it’s like to be on a show written by a woman that has lead female characters, writers and directors.
“And I just think, ‘would you put that to Stephen Tompkinson when he’s playing DCI Banks?’. He’s a guy, the producer’s a guy, the director’s a guy. Would that be put to him as being something extraordinary in the workplace? Well, no it wouldn’t. So why should it be an issue the other way around? (x)