Joan has presented a number of Panorama programmes for BBC1. In September 2012 she presented Panorama: Old, Drunk and Disorderly? in which she investigated the hidden problem of alcohol abuse and in older people and in July 2010 she presented Panorama: The Generation Game in which she explored the challenges ahead in caring for an ageing population, and made the point that the old keep on getting older.
She was appointed by the government as The Voice of Older People in 2008 and stepped down from the role in 2010. In November 2010 she was made a working peer in the House of Lords.
Joan’s three areas of interest are: the arts, religion, and old age. 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 five books including She’s Leaving Home, All The Nice Girls, The View From Here: Life at Seventy, Belief and The Centre of the Bed.
She writes for various national broadsheets including The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph.
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.
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.
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.
Sheffield Women's Lecture Club
We had a very successful day with Joan Bakewell -her lecture and Q and A session were much appreciated and I personally enjoyed meeting her
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.
Opening of Careers Week
Everyone seemed to have a very enjoyable day and we have received some very positive feedback both on the day itself and after the event.
HDTI Official Opening Event
Please could you convey our sincere thanks to Dame Joan Bakewell …the content and delivery of her opening address and afternoon lecture were absolutely perfect and exceeded our already high expectations. We were particularly delighted with her enthusiasm for what HDTI is doing and for her interest in those clients who she met and their products. We have already received several unsolicited, highly complementary comments from guests; these are some of the written ones:
“Joan Bakewell was absolutely brilliant”
“I really enjoyed the event and thought Dame Joan was an inspirational speaker.”