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What I Wish I'd Known

Joan Bakewell

Season 5, Ep. 12

Joan Bakewell, 89, is a Labour peer is a broadcasting legend. She was one of the first women to be taken seriously in television and on radio. She broke boundaries with her arts and investigative programmes but was in a constant battle to pursue her career in an environment where institutional sexism and discrimination were rife.

Her private life was equally fascinating, she juggled two children, a high-powered job, two marriages and a seven-year affair with the playwright Harold Pinter who wrote a play based on their relationship, Betrayal. “Even when she was behaving badly, she behaved well,” one fellow journalist commented at the time.

 

Today she discusses her novel cancer treatment, sex, music and miniskirts, death and growing up during the War in the industrial North of England.

 

Warning: Contains discussions of sensitive subjects including cancer and sexual abuse.

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