Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig has explained why she didn’t love Oscar-winning film The Favourite.

The out TV comic spoke about her disappointment with the film, which featured the monarch Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, caught between two female suitors vying for her affection.



Sandi Toksvig: I got really mad at The Favourite

Speaking to the Mirror, Toksvig said she is still waiting to see a lesbian love story that is actually happy.

She said: “I still haven’t seen the lesbian love story, that relationship where two people adore each other, love each other, support each other.

“I still think that story needs to be told. I get so mad, I got really mad at The Favourite.”

Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz in The Favourite
Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in The Favourite. (Twentieth Century Fox)

She added: “There are lots of stories that need to be told, they’re important. My wife and I have been married 13 years and I love her more every day.”

Olivia Colman picked up the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Favourite, though it lost out on nine other awards.

Upcoming Lesbian love story Tell It To The Bees is getting a lot of buzz

One lesbian love story to keep an eye on is Tell It To The Bees, starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, which dropped its first trailer this week.

The film shows two women falling for each other in a small town in Scotland in the 1950s.

The lesbian romance film is set to come out on May 3 in the US before being released in the UK on June 7.

X-Men star Paquin plays Dr Jean Markham, who returns to her hometown in order to run her dad’s medical practice.

She befriends one of her child patients and shows him the beehives in her garden, before meeting his mother, Grainger’s Lydia. The two start a love affair, prompting malicious rumours to spread through the small town in an era when same-sex relations were illegal.

Sandi Toksvig: Panel shows ‘marginalise’ women

Toksvig, who co-founded the Women’s Equality (WE) party, became the first female host of a comedy panel show on a mainstream UK TV channel when she took over from Fry as host of QI in 2015.

In October, she accused other TV panel shows in of being a hostile environment for women.

She said: “There are panel shows that struggle to get women on, and that’s because the women feel marginalised and stupid and in the edit are often seen just laughing at the boys and not saying anything at all even though I know for a fact in the recording they were clever.

“I’m not shy at speaking up but even I, on those shows, am silenced. And I sit there and think, ‘I could have been at home eating Chinese. What am I doing sitting here?’ And that’s a shame.”




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