Each day in Advent I will be celebrating one of the TV heroines of 2016 -as let’s face it, it has been a pretty sucky year, and we could all use some female fictional icons to take our mind off Brexit, Trump, and the general doomsday vibe!
Why a heroine and not a hero? Well one of the reasons I am such a TV fanatic is that the genre seems to be far more ‘equal-opportunities than it’s film relation. No longer are the fairer sex subjected to the role of love interest or sister – they are now allowed to be rulers, protagonists, and saviours of mankind. This is both forward-thinking and inspiring, as, let’s face it, a story with twice as many complex characters is twice as interesting!
13th December Juliette Barnes
Juliette is a pint-sized diva who evolves from teen-sensation to country-legend before our very eyes. Dismissed by the powers-that-be for her catchy pop-inspired songs and youthful audience, she refuses to be beaten and proves her critics wrong, penning showstopping music with grit and heart a-plenty. Sure, she throws tantrums and can be extraordinarily cruel and selfish, but beneath the arrogance and attitude is a talented girl, battered (but never broken) but her traumatic upbringing, who thoroughly deserves her standing ovations.