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Bakewell, who became Labour peer Baroness Bakewell of Stockport in 2011, continues to work in the media. Later this year, she will front Sky Arts’ series Landscape Artist of the Year. “I still adore the arts,” she says. “While I’m still on my feet, life’s too good to miss out on.” She also makes BBC Radio 4 shows; most recently, We Need to Talk About Death.

ÒI FEEL IÔVE LIVED THROUGH THE GREATEST SOCIAL CHANGE OF THE CENTURY, WHICH IS THE LIBERATION OF WOMEN.Ó When Bakewell first appeared on television, she was notable for being one of the few women allowed to make serious programmes. Thankfully, things have changed a lot since those days. “I’ve seen a huge change – I feel I’ve lived through the greatest social change of the century, which is the liberation of women,” says Bakewell. “I rejoice to see how many women are thriving in television now.” •

Above and below: Bakewell was a citation reader at the 2008 Television Craft Awards, presenting a BAFTA to Jezza Neumann for the Director – Factual category


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Our Classical Century Front Row Vive la Revolution! Joan Bakewell on May ’68 Panorama – ‘Life at 100’ Portrait Artist of the Year  When Frost Met Bakewell: Joan Bakewell at 80 The Story of British Pathé  Panorama – ‘The Generation Game’ How to Get More Sex  The Art of Arts TV  How TV Changed Britain – ‘Women’ The Sunday Programme  Taboo Omnibus – ‘Who the Dickens is Mrs Gaskell?’ One Foot in the Past  Heart of the Matter  Everyman  Screen One Mainstream Europe After the Rain Pandora’s Box The Bronte Business Arena – ‘Theatre: A Dream Come True’ What’s It All About? Film ’72 and Film ’73 Out of the West Merry-Go-Round Forward to Retirement Late Night Line-Up Meeting Point Home at Four-Thirty

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