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.
She has also presented a number of Panorama programmes for BBC1, including Our Dirty Nation, 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.
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 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.