Joan Bakewell

 
Books | Radio | Television | Journalism
 

 

Joan was born in Stockport, and grew up in Hazel Grove, Cheshire. She was educated at Norbury Primary School, Stockport High School for Girls and Newnham College Cambridge, where she graduated with a Part I degree in Economics and Part II in History. She has lived in London since 1954.

She is divorced, with two children and six grand children.


 
Career
 
1954 - 1956

 
Studio Manager with BBC Radio
1957 - 1959 Advertising Copywriter with McCann Erickson, Hobson Bates
and later David Williams Ltd
1962 First television broadcast as contributor to BBC TV's Table Talk
Early 1960s Presenter ATV's Sunday Break (ITV)
Home at 4.30 for Southern Television(ITV)
The Second Sex for BBC TV
Meeting Point for BBC TV
1965 - 1972 Late Night Line Up: one of four presenter-interviewers for BBC 2's
nightly programme
Also Celebrity Interviews at the National Film Theatre: Bette Davis,
Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster
1970's For BBC TV:
    Where Is Your God?
    Who Cares?
    The Affirmative Way
    Holiday Programmes 1974 - 1978
For Granada TV:
    Four Series of Reports Action.
 
Journalism
 
1970's

 
Columnist for The Manchester Evening News.
Television critic for Punch.
Television reviewer for The Times.
Profile writer for The London Illustrated London News.
1987 - 1990 Columnist for The Sunday Times
2003 - 2011 Columnist for The Guardian
2003 - 2011 Columnist for The Independent
2008 - 2010 Columnist for The Times
2011 - Columnist for The Daily Telegraph
 
BBC Television
 
1981 - 1987

 
BBC Television's Arts Correspondent
1987 - 2000 BBC 1's Heart of the Matter
2000 Contributions to One Foot in the Past, Correspondent
and other on-going series
My Generation: writer and presenter of three-part Series for BBC 2
2001 Taboo: writer and presenter of three-part Series for BBC 2
2011 - Occasional Panorama presenter for BBC 1
 
BBC Radio
 
1999 - 2000

 
Presenter of BBC Radio 3's Artist of the Week
1999 - 2001 Chair of BBC Radio 3's The Brains Trust
2001 - Presenter of BBC Radio 3's Belief series.
2009 - Presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside the Ethics Committee
 
Publications
 
1970s

 
Numerous short stories: Womens' Magazines, Punch etc
1970 The New Priesthood: British Television Today
  (with Professor Nicholas Garnham)
A Fine and Private Place (with John Drummond)
1977 The Complete Traveller
1996 The Heart of the Matter: A Memoir
2003 The Centre of the Bed (autobiography)
2005 Belief
2006 The View from Here: Life at Seventy
2009 All the Nice Girls (novel)
2011 She's Leaving Home (novel)
 
Joan has served on:
 
1984 - 1999

 
The Council of the Aldeburgh Festival
1994 - 2003 The Council of the Friends of the Tate Gallery
1998 - 2003 Board of the Royal National Theatre
1994 - 2002 Governor of the BFI
2000 - 2002 Chair of the BFI
2005 - 2009 Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts
2007 - 2012 Chair of the theatre company, Shared Experience.
 
Honorary Degrees
 
 

 
Queen Margaret's University Edinburgh
Chester University
Staffordshire University
Lancaster University
Newcastle University
The Open University
Essex University
 
 

Joan was made a CBE is 1999 and Dame in 2008. In January 2011 she took her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Bakewell of Stockport. In April 2013, she became
President of Birkbeck College.

 




Stop The Clocks, 2016 She's Leaving Home, 2011 All the Nice Girls, 2009 The View from Here, 2006 Belief, 2005 The Centre of the Bed, 2003 The Heart of the Matter, 1996