The actress is known for her no-nonsense, direct style perfectly outlined in her Channel 4 series, ‘Kathy Burke’s All Woman’. It was here that she travelled around the UK talking to “all kinds of people”, exploring what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Following a similar formula, she will now grace screens with her ‘Money Talks‘ series, which sees Burke poke her nose through the doors of some of the county’s richest – and poorest – homes, and follow people’s daily lives.
It has been noted that she wants to “start a debate” on the subject of money, promising to be full of her “good natured bluntness” and willingness to ask awkward questions in off-key situations.
The same might be said of her opinions on the UK’s political figures and modern-day, social issues.
In an interview with The Guardian in 2019, she hit out at people who had praised Theresa May as having done a good job as Prime Minister because she was a woman.
Asked whether she had any respect for Mrs May “as a woman holding the country’s highest office”, Ms Burke responded decidedly: “I think that’s crap.”
She continued: “If we want equality, we shouldn’t then expect to be praised just because we’re doing a certain job.
“That’s not equality. Equality is acknowledging that she did a s*** job.”
It was around this time that Mrs May announced she would be standing down as Prime Minister after a tumultuous three years.
Her negotiations with the EU had been unsuccessful and she had come up against a wave of dissent within her party.
“I really feel for young people, I don’t know what they’re going to do.
“Especially living in London, they can’t afford a place to live and they won’t be able to afford to eat soon.
“Look at Hoxton [in east London].
“Hoxton was a s***hole, and now it costs a fortune to live in someone’s bin shed.”
While many look forward to her newest broadcast venture, others are less sure.
Lucy Mangan, writing in The Guardian, said there is a “danger that the powers that be are trying to turn Kathy Burke into the working-class Miriam Margolyes”.
She said that the programme is too similar to Ms Burke’s ‘All Woman’ and as a result “reproduces the same weaknesses”.
Anita Singh was less critical.
She commended Ms Burke for not “scoffing at the ostentatiousness” of her subjects’ mansions and belongings.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, she said: “She was similarly broad-minded when listening to Megan Barton-Hanson, a former Love Island contestant, explain that she can make at least £20,000 a week selling access to ‘intimate’ photographs of herself on the OnlyFans website.
“Nor did she have a problem with the young TikTok influencers who claimed to be making up to £150,000 a year through endorsement deals by producing brain-deadening video content (sample: a girl sitting in a bath of milk with some rose petals in it), although she did note that their mansion was rented and they were selling a fantasy lifestyle.”
You can stream ‘Kathy Burke: Money Talks’ on All4.
Author: Joel Day
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