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Joan Bakewell first became well known as one of the presenters of an early BBC Two programme, Late Night Line-Up (1965-72 and 2008). . She was appointed CBE in 1999 and was Chairman of the British Film Institute from 2000 to 2002. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours. In November 2008 Joan Bakewell was appointed a voice of the elderly by the UK Government.

Bakewell co-presented Reports Action, a Sunday teatime programme which encouraged the public to donate their services to various good causes, for Granada Television during 1976-78. Subsequently,

she returned to the BBC, and co-presented a short-lived late night television arts programme; briefly worked on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme, and was Newsnight's arts correspondent (1986-88).Bakewell co-presented Reports Action, a Sunday teatime programme which encouraged the public to donate their services to various good causes, for Granada Television during 1976-78. Subsequently, she returned to the BBC, and co-presented a short-lived late night television arts programme; briefly worked on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme, and was Newsnight's arts correspondent (1986-88).

Later, Bakewell came to the fore as the main presenter of the documentary and discussion series Heart of the Matter,[ which ran from 1988 to 2000.

On 26 May 2008 Bakewell introduced an archive evening on BBC Parliament called Permissive Night. The programme examined the liberalising legislation passed by Parliament in the late 1960s which made Britain a more tolerant and permissive place to live.

Bakewell's autobiography, The Centre of the Bed, was published in 2004. It concentrates on her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated media industries and touches on her affair with Harold Pinter, while he was still married to the actress Vivien Merchant and she was still married to Michael Bakewell. That affair was the basis for Pinter's 1978 play and 1983 film, Betrayal.

Bakewell currently writes for the British newspaper The Independent in the 'Editorial and Opinion' section. Typically, her articles concern aspects of social life and culture but sometimes she writes more political articles, often focusing on aspects relevant to life in the United Kingdom. Formerly, from 2003, she wrote the "Just Seventy" column for The Guardian newspaper. In September 2008 she began a fortnightly column in the Times2 section of The Times.

Bibliography

All the Nice Girls, Virago Press, (March 2009), ISBN 1844085309

The View from Here: Life at Seventy, Guardian Books (May 2007) ISBN 1843545152

The Centre of the Bed (Sceptre, New edtion, June 2004) ISBN 0340823119

Belief, Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, (May 2005) ISBN 0715633783

 

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