Senior Met female officer defends The Bodyguards portrayal of women

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi has defended The Bodyguard One of Scotland Yard’s most senior female officers has defended the portrayal of women in The Bodyguard, insisting it is accurate and does not damage the fight for gender equality.The hit BBC drama, written by Jed Mercurio, came under fire after critics suggested the large number of women depicted as holding senior positions was unrealistic.As well as featuring a female Home Secretary, played by Keeley Hawes, The Bodyguard also cast women in the roles of counter-terror chief,sharpshooter, bomb disposal expert and police commander.In the latest broadside, Daisy Goodwin, the creator of ITV’s Victoria, said the promotion of so many female characters on screen did not accurately reflect the real world.Writing in this week’s Radio Times, she wrote: “Splendid as the notion is that women are now seamlessly integrated into every aspect of authority, it is at best wishful thinking – and at worst undermines the fight for equality.” DAC D’Orsi said: “Every day in the Met women are running armed operations, surveillance operations, carrying firearms, supporting victims of crime and abuse, and leading the biggest police force in the country. She went on: “Television dramas may not completely reflect ‘the world as it is’, but it is wrong to suggest that how gender is represented in The Bodyguard is inaccurate.”Seeing women in these critical, important roles will surely inspire women to consider the Met as a career and indeed we have seen a really positive increase in interest as a result of The Bodyguard.”Television and film has, in my view, a social responsibility to inspire women and young girls to think differently and ambitiously about their career pathways and what they can achieve.”The visibility of women in these roles in dramas should inspire our female officers to achieve and progress, not make them instantly believe gender is no longer on our agenda as an organisation.”Mr Mercurio has dismissed criticism of The Bodyguard, insisting it is “out of date” to focus on the number of women in positions of authority.He said: “It puzzles me that something I’m doing, which comes so naturally to me, seems so odd to other people. I think they’re wrong and I’m right.” The Bodyguard cast a series of women in senior policing roles Credit:PA The Bodyguard cast a series of women in senior policing roles  “To say women do not exist or are not integrated in these roles is unfair and fails to recognise the achievements of many of my female colleagues.” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi has defended The BodyguardCredit:PA But responding to the comments, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, who is one of the Scotland Yard’s most senior officers, defended The Bodyguard’s portrayal women of policing.She said while the storylines in drama were far from accurate seeing women in senior roles on screen would help inspire the next generation of female police leaders.

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