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Olivia Colman topped the Radio Times list of the most powerful women in British television and radio (Getty)

Peep Show and Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry and BBC presenter Clare Balding have been named the top three most influential women in television and radio, in a "power list" published by the Radio Times.

The magazine said a "revolution" in television had taken place, with "more and more British women dominating the screens and airwaves both on and off screen".

Sheridan Smith, who plays Cilla Black in ITV's biopic, and Sarah Lancashire who featured in the BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax, also appear on the list.

Off-screen talent recognised includes chief creative officer of Channel 4 Jay Hunt and Sue Vertue, who produced BBC's Sherlock.

Under the leadership of Hunt, Channel 4 was named Channel of the Year at the 2014 Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The list was devised by Alison Graham, television editor at the Radio Times; Jenni Murray, presenter of Woman's Hour; Emma Freud, Comic Relief co-founder; Pointless producer Richard Osman and Victoria Brooks, director of Milk Publicity.

Graham, who chaired the panel that drew up the list, said women were moving on from playing victims in crime dramas and paving the way for gender equality in the future of television.

"A revolution has been rumbling quietly in the background and it's now reached the foreground as clever, talented and formidable women prove that our gender provides much more than disposable props," she said, adding that Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will co-host Strictly Come Dancing in autumn.

"Yes, two women hosting one of the biggest shows on television, all by themselves! The fact that this is such a big deal in 2014 shows just how pitifully slowly television has reacted to the seismic changes in wider society," Graham said.

Writers on the list include Heidi Thomas, who wrote and produced the 2010 revival of the British television drama Upstairs, Downstairs and received the Writers' Guild of Great Britain award for Best TV Series for Cranford. Abi Morgan, whose work on Shame earned her a Bafta Award for Outstanding British Film nomination, came in at 18th place.

The full list is as follows:

Olivia Colman, actor

Mary Berry, presenter

Clare Balding, presenter

Julie Walters, actor

Victoria Wood, comedian

Dawn French, comedian/actor

Sheridan Smith, actor

Mary Beard, presenter

Sarah Lancashire, actor

Joanna Lumley, actor

Claudia Winkleman, presenter

Sarah Millican, comedian

Kirstie Allsopp, presenter

Miranda Hart, comedian

Anne Reid, actor

Kirsty Wark, presenter

Heidi Thomas, writer

Abi Morgan, writer

Beryl Vertue, producer

Sue Vertue, producer

Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, Channel 4

Sally Wainwright, writer

Nicola Shindler, founder, Red production company

Elisabeth Murdoch, founder, Shine production company

Pippa Harris, co-founder Neal Street Productions

Charlotte Moore, controller, BBC1

Helen Boaden, director, BBC Radio

Anne Mensah, head of drama, Sky

Hilary Bevan Jones, producer

Kim Shillinglaw, controller, BBC2