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'Wouldn't do that now' Joan Bakewell, 88, reflects on silly 'thinking man's crumpet' label

BBC Radio in the 1960s. During this time, the journalist, Labour peer and author was nicknamed the “thinking man's crumpet”.Comedy personality Frank Muir was behind the nickname following Joan’s appearances on BBC2’s Late Night Line-Up.The moniker stuck with Joan while it also went on to be applied to other high-profile women like Dames Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley.Opening up to about this nickname, Joan shared how “inappropriate” it was.She said: “You wouldn't do that now, would you?"“I just think it’s silly, I think it’s really silly.

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