Sheila Hancock: The soaps have done a lot for that. There are wonderful parts for older women. Photograph: Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesWireImage

The solidly left-wing Sheila Hancock has been enjoying the royal wedding on the telly. “I didn’t watch all of it, but I thought: that girl has put he(...)

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestants Brian Conley and Gemma Atkinson  in London last year. Ms Atkinson endured sniping from some fans of the show about being supposedly “too masculine” for dancing. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

“Imagine you’re a Page 3 girl and they’re going for the butt shot,” says Chloe Madeley, helpfully. It is a grey January morning in a gym ne(...)