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Labour peer Bakewell to reveal all over Pinter affair

By Sam Blewlett

Joan Bakewell has told how she once jetted to Paris to spend the day with playwright Harold Pinter during their affair before returning to England to cook dinner for her children.

The Labour peer (84) is preparing to release her own account of the eight-year relationship nearly four decades after Pinter used it as the basis for his play Betrayal.

She said she was "deeply shocked" when she first read Pinter's piece following their relationship in the 1960s when she was married to producer Michael Bakewell. She wrote a play in a fit of "intensity" in reaction, first performed in 1978, but kept it hidden until Saturday when it airs on BBC Radio 4.

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