Biography: Joan Bakewell began her career in broadcasting as a Studio Manager with BBC radio in the 1950s. In 1962 she made her first appearance on BBC television as a guest on Table Talk. Since then her broadcasting career has been wide and various, but includes the following: From 1965 to 1972 she was one of the regular presenters of Late Night Line Up on BBC 2. In the 1970s she contributed to BBC Holiday and Film programmes. She was also presenter, with Bob Greaves, of Granadas Reports Action. In the 1980s she was BBC Televisions Arts Correspondent, and throughout the 1990s she presented Heart of the Matter. She has since written and presented two series for BBC 2: My Generation and Taboo.
She has written four radio plays, and published three books: A Fine and Private Place (co-authored with John Drummond), The New Priesthood (co-authored with Nicholas Garnham) and The Heart of Heart of the Matter.
She currently presents Belief for BBC Radio 3, and Something Understood for BBC Radio 4. Her autobiography The Center of the Bed was published in October 2003.
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
Joan has been a judge of the Booker Prize, The Whitbread Prize, the Athena Award, the Heritage Awards, the Angel Literary Award, The SWET Theatre Awards and the competition to choose the architect for Tate Modern.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and of Royal Holloway College, London University.
Joan is patron of:
The Ambache Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble
The Society Of Sculptors
Wimbledon School of Art
The Mental Health Volunteers Scheme
And an Honorary Vice-President of Citizens Advice Bureaux
Joan Bakewell was born in Stockport, Cheshire and educated at Stockport High School and Newnham College Cambridge. She was made a CBE in 1999.