A cultural figurehead in the 1960s and one of the longest-surviving female interviewers on British television, Joan Bakewell (1933-) has earned her place in the history of the UK medium. Following Cambridge, she started with the BBC as a trainee studio manager for radio and moved to television in the early 1960s. Making her first appearance on the arts discussion/review series Late Night Line-Up (BBC, 1964-72) in early 1965, she soon became the programme’s leading lady, as presenter and interviewer, and remained a fixture for six years. She was appointed arts correspondent for the BBC in 1982, returning her to more ‘serious’ pursuits, until the John Birt (1944-) revolution in the late 1980s, which removed the arts from under the news and current affairs umbrella. Switching from arts to morals, she presented the religious debate series Heart of the Matter (BBC, 1979-2000) for 12 years. She was awarded a CBE in 1999 and DBE in 2008; also held the post of BFI Chair, 1999-2002. (Adapted from: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1359918/index.html).