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Dame Joan Bakewell

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 August 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway is the broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell. Born in Stockport in 1933, it was in the 1960s that she first started to shape the cultural agenda, interviewing the likes of Kingsley Amis and Stockhausen for the radical BBC TV show Late Night Line-Up. It was also during the 1960s that she had an affair with Harold Pinter, a relationship which inspired his play Betrayal. Looking back on it now from the age of 76, she says, "We always said we had a damn good time".

Now appointed as the Voice of Older People by Gordon Brown, her passion for debate and social change is as strong as ever. She says she has always regarded the world to be improved and is not afraid of being called a wishy-washy liberal. "It's a good thing to do," she says, "you feel you can be part of change."

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert
Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Luxury: An abundance of paper and pencils.

Music Played

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    Thomas Tallis Spem In Alium

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    Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Gimell

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    Soloist: Christa Ludwig, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Teresa Stich-Randall

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    Bob Dylan Blowin' in the Wind

    Bob Dylan: Greatest Hits, Columbia

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major

    Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

    Schubert: String Quartet: Emerson String Quartet/Mstislav Rostropovich, Deutsche Grammophon

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    Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden Conductor: Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Joan Bakewell

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