Joan Bakewell, Speaker

Joan Bakewell

Author, journalist and broadcaster

Joan Bakewell: Biography highlights

Broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell presents radio and television programmes as diverse as Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year to Radio 4’s Inside the Ethics Committee. She also appears BBC2’s The Daily Politics Show, Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Classic FM and LBC Radio. For many years she presented the Radio 3 series Belief.

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Full biography of Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell’s background

Joan has now presented six series of Portrait Artist of the Year and has five series of Landscape Artist of the Year, both for Sky Arts.

She has also presented a number of Panorama programmes for BBC1, including Life at 100, Our Dirty Nation and Old, Drunk and Disorderly?, in which she investigated the hidden problem of alcohol abuse in older people, and The Generation Game, in which she explored the challenges ahead in caring for an ageing population. Joan also presented a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary on Dementia, Suppose I Lose It.

Joan presented two series for Classic FM, Joan Bakewell’s Lovers which explored the love lives of classical music’s great composers and performers.

She was BBC television’s arts correspondent throughout the 80’s, and was later on the board of the National Theatre, The Aldeburgh Festival, and Friends of the Tate. She is currently Chair of the theatre company Shared Experience and also of The National Campaign for the Arts.

In the 90’s Joan presented Heart of the Matter on BBC 1 – a programme that dealt with moral and religious dilemmas of our times.

Joan has written six books including She’s Leaving Home, All The Nice Girls, The View From Here: Life at Seventy, Belief and The Centre of the Bed. Her latest book is Stop the Clocks – Thoughts on What I Leave Behind, a series of essays on how the world has changed and all that she has lived through. She writes for various national broadsheets including The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph.

She was the government appointed ‘Voice of Older People’ between 2008 and 2010. Joan was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTS Programme Awards 2016 and received a BAFTA Television Fellowship at the BAFTA TV Awards 2019.

Joan also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.



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After Dinner Engagement
Awards Hosting
Guest Appearance
Moderating and Emcee
TV and Media

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The elephant in the room - straight talking about death and dying: Dame Joan Bakewell
The elephant in the room - straight talking about death and dying: Dame Joan Bakewell
Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell
Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell
Zurich Insurance Group Conference

Joan's talk was just fantastic - extremely well researched, totally relevant to the audience and pretty hard-hitting too. Almost all the conference delegates I spoke to afterwards cited her comments as the most interesting and thought-provoking of the day. '

NHS Alliance 12th Annual Conference

'Thank you for your valuable contribution...The presentations given at the conference were very well received and we have had feedback from our delegates about the sessions and the event as a whole. You helped us to make this the best annual conference to date. '

CEL Conference

'Feedback forums said she was one of the most popular and inspiring speakers over the two conference days. I'm very pleased that Joan took the time and trouble to get to grips with the topics of interest to our sector, which meant that her presentation really struck a chord with delegates and her hosting of the question time session kept everyone well focused on the right kind of issues.'

London Festival of Architecture Event

'Thank you very much for taking part in our event last week. Not only were people inspired to come and hear you, but we have accepted compliments on your talk from many members of the audience on your behalf. Thank you for making the event such a success.'

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