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Sir Michael Parkinson & Sir David Frost Hold Media Conference





Richard Nixon, David Frost






Sir David Frost – from Nixon to Al Jazeera

Published on Jan 25, 2013

04/12/2007 – Legendary TV presenter, interviewer, producer and author, Sir David Frost talks about his remarkable career in television.
Sir David Frost has been described as a “one man conglomerate”. He hosted and co-created That Was the Week it Was, has produced countless television programmes, has written 15 books, produced 8 films, he is a lecturer, a publisher and an impresario.

But he is perhaps best known for being one of the best television interviewers in the world. His Nixon Interviews, according to the New York Times achieved “the largest audience for a news interview in history”. Peter Morgan’s play, Frost/Nixon achieved great success in London and Broadway this year.

He is the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush) and the last seven Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom (Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown).

Sir David now presents Frost Over The World weekly for Al Jazeera English with a variety of newsmakers from Hamad Karzai, President Lula of Brazil, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev and Benazir Bhutto after the assassination attempt, to Gerry Adams, Madeleine Albright, Gen. Wesley Clark, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dame Helen Mirren and the first interview with Lewis Hamilton and continues to make Frost Tonight weekly for ITV. He is taking Through The Keyhole into its 21st year on the BBC, has recorded The Frost Years for Radio 4 and is Executive Producing a remake of the film, The Dam Busters with Universal and Peter Jackson.

50 Years of Frost – USA, February 2009

Look back at David Frost’s life

Remembering a TV Legend: Interviewer David Frost Dead at 74

David Frost, Known for Nixon Interview, Dies

Remembering David Frost

Sunrise : Remembering David Frost

Sir David Frost dies at the age of 74

[RIP Sir David] – Al Jazeera’s Sir David Frost dies aged 74 – 09/01/2013

Sir David Frost – Gillingham Boss Paul Scally Remembers

Sir David Frost Recalls TV Interviews & Spotting Political Stars [02.09.2013]

David Niven interviewed by David Frost 1972 – repeated on “David Frost End Of Year” Show 1983

Sir David Frost – from Nixon to Al Jazeera

Sir David Frost On TV Interviews & Henry Kissinger [02.09.2013]

The David Frost Show: John Lennon and Yoko Ono – January 13, 1972 – Complete Show

Sir David Frost on Richard Nixon

shah of iran interview with david frost 1979 contadora island panama full uncut version

H.I.M Shah of Iran last interview ,Panama (jan.1980) Part I

Charlotte Rampling on TV-am, 1983 – Part 1

Charlotte Rampling on TV-am, 1983 – Part 2

Charlotte Rampling on TV-am, 1983 – Part 3

David Frost interviews Prince Andrew on TV

The Woman Who Knew Too Much

Margaret Thatcher talking about sinking the Belgrano

David Frost interviews Margaret Thatcher about the sinking of the Belgrano

Thatcher Talks to David Frost 1995

Tony Blair Admits to David Frost the War in Iraq is a Disaster

sirhan sirhan Are The comments correct was there a second shooter ??????

David Frost Interview with Paul McCartney (1964, May 18)

John Lennon on The David Frost Show 1969 part 1

John Lennon on The David Frost Show 1969 part 2

Ringo Starr on the David Frost Show 1970

Enoch Powell Interview Frost On Friday 1969

David Frost interviews Truman Capote about love and sex

Maria Callas interview 1970

Joan Crawford 1970 interview (Part 1 of 4)

Joan Crawford 1970 interview (Part 2 of 4)

Joan Crawford 1970 interview (Part 3 of 4)

Joan Crawford 1970 interview (Part 4 of 4)

Groucho Marx David Frost Interview Clip 1

Brian Clough & Leeds United 1974 The David Frost Interview Part 1 1974

Brian Clough & Leeds United 1974 The David Frost Interview Part 2 1974

Paul Mccartney remembering John Lennon and his death {1997 interview}

Talking with David Frost (1997) – Wynton Marsalis

Elton John – One On One With David Frost 1999

China excerpt from: One on One with David Frost – George Bush: A President’s Story

Frost Over The World – George Clooney -18 Jan 08 – Hot Latest News

Frost over the World – George Clooney – 25 Jan 08 – Pt 3 – Hot Latest News

Frost Over The World – Henry Kissinger -18 Jan 08 – Hot Latest News

Frost over the World – Ron Howard – 17 Oct 08 – Hot Latest News

Frost over the World – Recep Tayyip Erdogan – 3 Apr 09 – Hot Latest News

Edward Lucas on ‘Frost over the World’ 2010

Sir David Frost Interviews Julian Assange- Wikileaks- AlJazeera Part 1of2

Sir David Frost Interviews Julian Assange- Wikileaks- AlJazeera Part 2of2

Sir David Frost Interview With Controversial Trader Alessio Rastani (Oct 2011)

The Frost Interview : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (HD, 2012)

Paul McCartney – Entrevista a David Frost 2012 (Legendado) – Parte 1 de 3

Paul McCartney – Entrevista a David Frost 2012 (Legendado) – Parte 2 de 3

Paul McCartney – Entrevista a David Frost 2012 (Legendado) – Parte 3 de 3

Ron Paul Snr Advisor Doug Wead Interview with Frost – Mar 31 2012

David Frost – Commentator Piece from Last TW3 – ’63 – live

Frost On Satire 1-4

Frost On Satire 2-4

TW3 – That Was The Week That Was – shows up today’s UK TV dross

David Frost and Willie Rushton SHRED the then-Home Sec., on the Last TW3 – ’63 – live

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

That Was The Week That Was, also known as TW3, was a satirical television comedy programme that aired on BBC Television in 1962 and 1963.

Devised, produced and directed by Ned Sherrin, the programme was fronted by David Frost and cast members included improvising cartoonist Timothy Birdsall, political commentator Bernard Levin, and actors Lance Percival, who sidelined in topical calypsos, many improvised in response to suggestions from the audience, Kenneth Cope, Roy Kinnear, Willie Rushton (then known as ‘William’), Al Mancini, Robert Lang, David Kernan and Millicent Martin. The last two were also singers and the programme opened with a song – eponymously entitled That Was The Week That Was – sung by Martin to Ron Grainer’s theme tune and enumerating topics that had been in the past week’s news. Off-screen script-writers included John Albery, John Betjeman, John Bird, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Peter Cook, Roald Dahl, Richard Ingrams, Gerald Kaufman, Frank Muir, Denis Norden, Bill Oddie, Dennis Potter, Eric Sykes, Kenneth Tynan, Keith Waterhouse and others.

The programme was groundbreaking in its lampooning of the establishment. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was initially supportive of the programme, chastising the then Postmaster General Reginald Bevins (nominally in charge of broadcasting) for threatening to “do something about it”. During the Profumo affair, however, he became one of the programme’s chief targets for derision. After two successful seasons in 1962 and 1963, the programme did not return in 1964, as this was a General Election year and the BBC decided it would be unduly influential.

At the end of each episode, Frost would usually sign off with: “That was the week, that was.” At the end of the final programme he announced: “That was That Was The Week That Was…that was.”


Frost Nixon Interview Clip 3 of 6 – Why Didnt You Stop It? Frost/Nixon http://www.FrostNixon.com

Frost Nixon Interview Clip 4 of 6 on ” There was no cover up of any criminal activities “

Frost Nixon Interview Clip 5 of 6 – And the whole thing wouldve gone away. Frost/Nixon

Book TV: Sir David Frost “Frost/Nixon”

Nixon interview with David Frost (1 of 6)

Nixon interview with David Frost (2 of 6)

Nixon interview with David Frost (3of 6)

Nixon interview with David Frost (4 of 6)

Nixon interview with David Frost (5 of 6)

Nixon interview with David Frost (6 of 6)

Muhammad Ali -Then And Now (Documentary with David Frost)

Elton John – One On One With David Frost 1999

David Frost interviews Frederick Forsyth on Al-Jazeera

Frost over the World – Gore Vidal – 23 May 08 – Hot Latest News

Shayan – Sir David Frost Interview

Sir David Frost in conversation with Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks

British broadcaster David Frost dies aged 74

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, September 1, 2013 12:07 EDT

British TV giant David Frost, who interviewed the world’s great and good in a half-century broadcasting career, has died aged 74 of a heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, his family said Sunday.

Frost, celebrated for his 1977 talks with Richard Nixon that extracted an unexpected apology from the disgraced US president over the Watergate scandal, died Saturday.

Operator Cunard said the ship left its British home port of Southampton on Saturday on a 10-day Mediterranean.

“Sir David Frost died of a heart attack last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth where he was giving a speech,” his family said in a statement.

“His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time,” the statement said. “A family funeral will be held in the near future and details of a memorial service will be announced in due course.”

Frost’s interviewees read like a who’s who of the rich and famous, from big names in show business to world leaders, including South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Frost was the only person to have interviewed the last eight British prime ministers and the last seven US presidents before Barack Obama, and the last person to have interviewed the last shah of Iran, the Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

Other subjects included Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, Yasser Arafat, F. W. de Klerk, Jacques Chirac and Benazir Bhutto.

“Hello, good evening and welcome” became his catchphrase, starting off interviews with a friendly veneer that belied a blunt determination to extract information.

“His scrupulous and disarming politeness hid a mind like a vice,” said Menzies Campbell, former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats. “David Frost could do you over without you realising it until it was too late.”

The lengthy interviews with Nixon were crucial for both men — Nixon was hoping to salvage his reputation for history, while Frost wanted to add another feather to his cap of famous interviews .

In the end, Frost wrung a mea culpa from Nixon over Watergate, the dirty tricks scandal which prompted his resignation in 1974 and left a lasting scar on the US political landscape.

“I let down my friends, I let down the country,” the former president said.

Frost told BBC television in 2009: “We knew what we were trying to do … and in the end his ‘mea culpa’ went further than even we had hoped.

“At the end of that I think we were aware that something sort of historic had happened and we’d gone further than expected.”

The encounter was turned into a play entitled “Frost/Nixon”, which was adapted into a 2008 film with Michael Sheen playing Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon. It was nominated for five Oscars.

Outside world affairs, Front’s roster included Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, Elton John, Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud, Norman Mailer, Warren Beatty among countless others.

British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Frost as “an extraordinary man — with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure.

“He made a huge impact on television and politics. The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments — but there were many other brilliant interviews,” Cameron said in a statement.

“He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”

The son of a Methodist minister, David Paradine Frost was born in Kent, southeast England, on April 7, 1939.

Fresh out of Cambridge University, he presented the BBC’s groundbreaking “That Was The Week That Was”, which took an unprecedented satirical look at the week’s news between 1962 and 1963.

A globetrotter, Frost revelled in the Concorde jet-set high life, presenting five programmes a week in the United States and three in Britain.

In 1983, he married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, second daughter of the Duke of Norfolk — the premier duke in the English nobility. They had three sons.

A successful businessman, Frost was knighted in 1993, becoming Sir David.

The broadcaster wrote 17 books, produced several films and started two British television networks, London Weekend Television and TV-am.

He began working for Al Jazeera in 2006.


David Frost, Interviewer Who Got Nixon to Apologize for Watergate, Dies at 74


David Frost, the British broadcaster whose interviews of historic figures like Henry Kissinger, John Lennon and, most famously, Richard M. Nixon often made history in their own right, died on Saturday aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth, where he was scheduled to give a speech. He was 74.

The cause was a heart attack, his family said.

Mr. Frost’s highly varied television career mirrored the growth of the medium, from the black-and-white TV of the 1960s to the cable news of today.

He knew how to make his guests “make news,” as the television industry saying goes, either through a sequence of incisive questions or carefully placed silences. He showcased both techniques during his penetrating series of interviews with President Nixon, broadcast in 1977, three years after Mr. Nixon was driven from office by the Watergate scandal, resigning in the face of certain impeachment.

Mr. Frost not only persuaded Mr. Nixon to end a self-imposed silence, he also extracted an apology from the former president to the American people.

The sessions, described as the most-watched political interviews in history, were recalled 30 years later in a play and a film, both named “Frost/Nixon.” In the film, Mr. Frost was portrayed by Michael Sheen and Mr. Nixon by Frank Langella.

Since 2006, Mr. Frost’s television home had been Al Jazeera English, one of the BBC’s main competitors overseas. Mr. Frost brought prestige to the news network, while it empowered him to conduct the kind of newsmaker interviews he most enjoyed.

“No matter who he was interviewing, he was committed to getting the very best out of the discussion, but always doing so by getting to know his guest, engaging with them and entering into a proper conversation,” Al Anstey, the managing director of Al Jazeera English, said by e-mail.

He was “always a true gentleman,” Mr. Anstey added, alluding to the charm that others said made Mr. Frost so successful in securing such a wide array of guests.

Among those guests in recent years were Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, the actor George Clooney and the tennis star Martina Navratilova. A new season of Mr. Frost’s program, “The Frost Interview,” began in July with the astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The season was to continue through mid-September.

One of his first interviews for Al Jazeera made headlines when his guest, Tony Blair, agreed with Mr. Frost’s assessment that the war in Iraq had, up until that point in 2006, “been pretty much of a disaster.” In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Blair said, “Being interviewed by him was always a pleasure, but also you knew that there would be multiple stories the next day arising from it.”

David Paradine Frost was born April 7, 1939, in Tenterden, England, to Mona and W. J. Paradine Frost. His father was a Methodist minister.

While a student, Mr. Frost edited both a student newspaper and a literary publication at Cambridge University, where he showed a knack for satire — something on which the BBC soon capitalized. In 1962, Mr. Frost became the host of “That Was the Week That Was,” a satirical look at the news on Saturday nights. While it lasted only two seasons in Britain, “TW3,” as it was known, was reborn briefly as a program on NBC, and it is remembered as a forerunner to “The Daily Show” and the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

After “TW3,” Mr. Frost was the host of a succession of programs, from entertainment specials (“David Frost’s Night Out in London”) to more intellectually stimulating talk shows. While most of these were televised in Britain, Mr. Frost crossed the Atlantic constantly; he once said he had lost count of the number of times he had flown on the Concorde.

He filled in for Johnny Carson twice in 1968, and was subsequently offered a syndicated talk show, which premiered on a patchwork of stations across the United States a year later. That series came to an end in 1972.

His most memorable work happened several years later, when his interview with Mr. Nixon was broadcast around the world. At one point Mr. Frost asked about Mr. Nixon’s abuses of presidential power, prompting this answer: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

“Upon hearing that sentence, I could scarcely believe my ears,” Mr. Frost wrote in a 2007 book about the interview, published to coincide with the “Frost/Nixon” movie. Mr. Frost said his task then “was to keep him talking on this theme for as long as possible.”

By then, Mr. Frost and Mr. Nixon had already spoken on camera several times. And they continued to speak: the interviews, for which Mr. Nixon was paid $600,000 and a share of the profit for the broadcasts, were taped over four weeks for about two hours at a time and eventually totaled nearly 29 hours.

On the last day, Mr. Frost pressed Mr. Nixon to acknowledge the mistakes of the Watergate period. “Unless you say it, you’re going to be haunted for the rest of your life,” Mr. Frost said.

“That was totally ad-lib,” Mr. Frost recalled. “In fact, I threw my clipboard down just to indicate that it was not prepared in any way.” He added: “I just knew at that moment that Richard Nixon was more vulnerable than he’d ever be in his life. And I knew I had to get it right.”

Mr. Nixon apologized for putting “the American people through two years of needless agony,” adding, “I let the American people down and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life.”

Mr. Frost, who was awarded a knighthood in 1993, had recently moved to a home close to Oxford, said Richard Brock, his executive producer at Al Jazeera. He also had a home in London.

Survivors include his second wife, Carina, and their three sons. His first wife, Lynne Frederick, a British actress, was the widow of Peter Sellers; they divorced in 1982. Mr. Frost was also once engaged to the American actress and singer Diahann Carroll.

In interviews, whenever Mr. Frost was asked about the highlight of his career, he cited the Nixon interview.

But Mr. Frost interviewed other presidents as well, including George H. W. Bush, whom he later praised as wise and determined.

“The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments, but there were many other brilliant interviews,” Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said in a statement on Sunday morning.

Barney Jones, a longtime colleague of Mr. Frost at the BBC, told the news organizationthat Mr. Frost had an interview with Mr. Cameron scheduled for September.

Mr. Jones marveled at Mr. Frost’s contacts, recounting a day when “he took me into my little office, scrabbled around in his contacts book, and five minutes later he was talking to George Bush. I couldn’t believe it.”


David Frost

Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (7 April 1939 – 31 August 2013) was an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Frost rose to prominence in the UK when he was chosen to host the satirical programme That Was the Week That Was in 1962. His success on this show led to work as a host on US television. He became known for his television interviews with senior political figures, among them The Nixon Interviews with former United States President Richard Nixon in 1977, which were adapted into a stage play and film.

Frost was one of the “Famous Five” who were behind the launch of ITV breakfast station TV-am in 1983. For the BBC, he hosted the Sunday morning interview programme Breakfast with Frost from 1993 to 2005. He spent two decades as host of Through the Keyhole. From 2006 to 2012 he hosted the weekly programme Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English and from 2012, the weekly programme The Frost Interview.

Frost died on 31 August 2013, aged 74, on board the cruise ship MS Queen Elizabeth, on which he had been engaged as a speaker.[1]

Early life

David Paradine Frost was born in Tenterden, Kent, on 7 April 1939, the son of a Methodist minister of Huguenot descent,[2] the Rev. Wilfred John “W. J.” Paradine Frost, and his wife, Mona (Aldrich); he had two elder sisters.[3][4] While living in Gillingham, Kent, he was taught in the Bible class of the Sunday school at his father’s church (Byron Road Methodist) by David Gilmore Harvey, and subsequently started training as a Methodist local preacher, which he did not complete.[citation needed]

Frost attended Barnsole Road Primary School in Gillingham, then Gillingham Grammar School and finally – while residing in RaundsWellingborough Grammar School. Throughout his school years he was an avid football and cricket player,[3] and was offered a contract with Nottingham Forest F.C.[5] For two years before going to university he was a lay preacher following his witnessing of an event presided over by the Christian evangelist Billy Graham.[2]

Frost studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, from 1958, graduating from the university with a degree in English. He was editor of both the university’s student paper, Varsity, and the literary magazine Granta. He was also secretary of the Footlights Drama Society,[3] which included actors such as Peter Cook and John Bird. During this period, Frost appeared on television for the first time in an edition of Anglia Television‘s Town And Gown, performing several comic characters. “The first time I stepped into a television studio”, he once remembered, “it felt like home. It didn’t scare me. Talking to the camera seemed the most natural thing in the world.”[6]

According to some accounts, Frost was the victim of snobbery from the group with which he associated at Cambridge, which has been confirmed by Barry Humphries.[7] Christopher Booker, while asserting that Frost’s one defining characteristic was ambition, commented that he was impossible to dislike.[8] According to the satirist John Wells, the Old-Etonian actor Jonathan Cecil congratulated Frost around this time for “that wonderfully silly voice” he used while performing, but then discovered that it was Frost’s real voice.[7]

After leaving university, Frost became a trainee at Associated-Rediffusion. Meanwhile, having already gained an agent, Frost performed in cabaret at the Blue Angel nightclub in Berkeley Square, London during the evenings.[2][9]

That Was the Week That Was (TW3)

Frost was chosen by writer and producer Ned Sherrin to host the satirical programme That Was the Week That Was, alias TW3 after Frost’s flat mate John Bird suggested Sherrin should see his act at The Blue Angel. The series, which ran for less than 18 months during 1962-63, was part of the satire boom in early 1960s Britain and became a popular programme.

The involvement of Frost in TW3 led to an intensification of the rivalry with Peter Cook who accused him of stealing material and dubbed Frost “the bubonic plagiarist”.[10] The new satirical magazine Private Eye also mocked him at this time. Frost visited the United States during the break between the two series of TW3 in the summer of 1963 and stayed with the producer of the New York production of Beyond The Fringe. Frost was unable to swim, but still jumped into the pool, and nearly drowned until he was saved by Peter Cook. At the memorial service for Cook in 1995, Alan Bennett recalled that rescuing Frost was the one regret Cook frequently expressed.[11]

For the first three editions of the second series in 1963, the BBC attempted to limit the team by scheduling repeats of The Third Man television series after the programme, thus preventing overruns. Frost took to reading synopses of the episodes at the end of the programme as a means of sabotage. After the BBC’s Director General Hugh Greene instructed that the repeats should be abandoned, TW3 returned to being open-ended.[12] More sombrely, on 23 November 1963, a tribute to the assassinated President John F. Kennedy, an event which had occurred the previous day, formed an entire edition of That Was the Week That Was.[13]

An American version of TW3 ran after the original British series had ended. Following a pilot episode on 10 November 1963, the 30-minute US series, also featuring Frost, ran on NBC from 10 January 1964 to May 1965. In 1985, Frost produced and hosted a television special in the same format, That Was the Year That Was, on NBC.


Frost fronted various programmes following the success of TW3, including its immediate successor, Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, which he co-chaired with Willie Rushton and poet P. J. Kavanagh. Screened on three evenings each week, this series was dropped after a sketch was found to be offensive to Catholics and another to the British royal family.[13] More successful was The Frost Report, broadcast between 1966 and 1967. The show launched the television careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, who appeared together in the Class sketch.

Frost signed for Rediffusion, the ITV weekday contractor in London, to produce a “heavier” interview-based show called The Frost Programme. Guests included Sir Oswald Mosley and Rhodesian premier Ian Smith. His memorable dressing-down of insurance fraudster Emil Savundra, regarded as the first example of “trial by television” in the UK, led to concern from ITV executives that it might affect Savundra’s right to a fair trial.[2] Frost’s introductory words for his television programmes during this period, “Hello, good evening and welcome”, became his catchphrase and were often mimicked.[1]

Frost was a member of a successful consortium, including former executives from the BBC, which bid for an ITV franchise in 1967. This became London Weekend Television, which began broadcasting in July 1968. The station began with a programming policy which was considered ‘highbrow‘ and suffered launch problems with low audience ratings and financial problems. A September 1968 meeting of the Network Programme Committee, which made decisions about the channel’s scheduling, was particularly fraught, with Lew Grade expressing hatred of Frost in his presence.[14][15] Frost, according to Kitty Muggeridge in 1967, had “risen without a trace.”[16]

He was involved in the station’s early years as a presenter. On 20 and 21 July 1969, during the British television Apollo 11 coverage, he presented David Frost’s Moon Party for LWT, a ten-hour discussion and entertainment marathon from LWT’s Wembley Studios, on the night Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Two of his guests on this programme were British historian A.J.P. Taylor and entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.[17]

In the same period he began an intermittent involvement in the film industry. Setting up David Paradine Ltd in 1966,[13][18] he part-financed The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970), in which the lead character was based partly on Frost, and gained an executive producer credit.

American career from 1968 to 1980

In 1968 he signed a contract worth £125,000 to appear on American television in his own show on three evenings each week, the largest such arrangement for a British television personality[6] at the time. From 1969 to 1972, Frost kept his London shows and fronted The David Frost Show on the Group W (U.S. Westinghouse Corporation) television stations in the United States.[19] His 1970 TV special, Frost on America, featured guests such as Jack Benny and Tennessee Williams.[20]

In a declassified transcript of a 1972 telephone call between Frost and Henry Kissinger, President Nixon‘s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Frost urged Kissinger to call chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and urge him to compete in that year’s World Chess Championship.[21][22] During this call, Frost revealed that he was working on a novel.[22]

In 1977 The Nixon Interviews, a series of five 90-minute interviews with former US President Richard Nixon, were broadcast. Nixon was paid $600,000 plus a share of the profits for the interviews, which had to be funded by Frost himself after the US television networks turned down the programme, describing it as “checkbook journalism“. Frost’s company negotiated its own deals to syndicate the interviews with local stations across the US and internationally, creating what Ron Howard described as “the first fourth network.”[23]

Frost taped around 29 hours of interviews with Nixon over a period of four weeks. Nixon, who had previously avoided discussing his role in the Watergate scandal which had led to his resignation as President in 1974, expressed contrition saying “I let the American people down and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life”.[24][25]

Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution Frost was the last person to interview Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the deposed Shah of Iran.[26] The interview took place in Panama in January 1980,[27] and was broadcast by ABC in the United States on 17 January.[28]

Frost was an organiser of the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. Ten years later, he was hired as the anchor of the new American tabloid news program Inside Edition.. He was dismissed after only three weeks, and then-ABC News reporter Bill O’Reilly was recruited as his replacement.

After 1980

Frost was one of the “Famous Five” who launched TV-am in February 1983 but, like LWT in the late 1960s, the station began with an unsustainable “highbrow” approach. Frost remained a presenter after restructuring. Frost on Sunday began in September 1983 and continued until the station lost its franchise at the end of 1992. Frost had been part of an unsuccessful consortium, CPV-TV, with Richard Branson and other interests, which had attempted to acquire three ITV contractor franchises prior to the changes made by the Independent Television Commission in 1991. After transferring from ITV, his Sunday morning interview programme Breakfast with Frost ran on the BBC from January 1993 until 29 May 2005. For a time it ran on BSB before its later Sunday morning rebroadcast on BBC 1.[citation needed]

Frost hosted Through the Keyhole, which ran on several UK channels from 1987 until 2008 and also featured Loyd Grossman. Produced by his own production company, the programme was first shown in prime time and on daytime television in its later years.[13]

Frost worked for Al Jazeera English, presenting a live weekly hour-long current affairs programme, Frost Over The World, which started when the network launched in November 2006. The programme regularly made headlines with interviewees such as Tony Blair, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Benazir Bhutto and President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. The programme was produced by the former Question Time editor and Independent on Sunday journalist Charlie Courtauld. Frost was one of the first to interview the man who authored the Fatwa on Terrorism, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.[29]

During his career as a broadcaster Frost became one of Concorde‘s most frequent fliers, having flown between London and New York an average of 20 times per year for 20 years.[30][31]

In 2007, Frost hosted a discussion with Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi as part of the Monitor Group‘s involvement in the country.[32] In June 2010, Frost presented Frost on Satire, an hour-long BBC Four documentary looking at the history of television satire. Prominent satirists who were interviewed for the programme include Rory Bremner, Ian Hislop, John Lloyd, Chevy Chase, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey.


Frost interviewing Vladimir Putin for the BBC’s Breakfast with Frost in March 2000

Frost was the only person to have interviewed all eight British prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2010 (Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron) and all seven US presidents in office between 1969 and 2008 (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush).[2]

He was a patron and former vice-president of the Motor Neurone Disease Association charity, as well as being a patron of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the Hearing Trust,[33] East Anglia‘s Children’s Hospices, the Home Farm Trust and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.[34][35][36]

After having been in television for 40 years, Frost was estimated to be worth £200 million by the Sunday Times Rich List in 2006,[37] a figure he considered a significant over-estimate in 2011.[10] The valuation included the assets of his main British company and subsidiaries, plus homes in London and the country.


Main articles: The Nixon Interviews, Frost/Nixon (play), and Frost/Nixon (film)

Frost/Nixon was originally a play written by Peter Morgan, developed from The Nixon Interviews which Frost had conducted with Richard Nixon in 1977. Frost/Nixon was presented as a stage production in London in 2006, and on Broadway in 2007. The play was adapted into a Hollywood motion picture starring Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon, both reprising their stage roles. The film was directed by Ron Howard and released in 2008. It was nominated for five Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score,[38] and for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

In February 2009, Frost was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s international affairs programme Foreign Correspondent in a report titled “The World According To Frost”, reflecting on his long career and portrayal in the film Frost/Nixon.[39]

Personal life

Frost was known for several relationships with high profile women. In the mid-1960s, he dated British actress Janette Scott, between her marriages to songwriter Jackie Rae and singer Mel Tormé; in the early 1970s he was engaged to American actress Diahann Carroll; between 1972 and 1977 he had a relationship with British socialite Caroline Cushing; in 1981 he married Lynne Frederick, widow of Peter Sellers, but they divorced the following year.[3] He also had an 18-year intermittent affair with American actress Carol Lynley.[40]

On 19 March 1983, Frost married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, daughter of the 17th Duke of Norfolk.[3] Over the next five years, they had three sons, Miles, Wilfred and George,[41] and for many years lived in Chelsea, with their weekend home at Michelmersh Court in Hampshire.[42]


On 31 August 2013, Frost was aboard a Cunard Line cruise ship, the MS Queen Elizabeth, when he had a heart attack and died.[43][44] Cunard said that the vessel had left Southampton for a ten-day cruise in the Mediterranean ending in Rome.[45] British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute, saying: “He could be—and certainly was with me—both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”[46] Michael Grade commented: “He was kind of a television renaissance man. He could put his hand to anything. He could turn over Richard Nixon or he could win the comedy prize at the Montreux Golden Rose festival.”[47]

Selected awards and honours


  • To England with Love (1968). With Antony Jay.
  • The Presidential Debate, 1968 : David Frost talks with Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey (and others) (1968).
  • The Americans (1970)
  • Billy Graham Talks with David Frost (1972)
  • “I Gave Them a Sword”: Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews (1978). Reissued as Frost/Nixon in 2007.
  • David Frost’s Book of Millionaires, Multimillionaires, and Really Rich People (1984)
  • The World’s Shortest Books (1987)
  • An Autobiography. Part 1: From Congregations to Audiences (1993)
With Michael Deakin and illustrated by Willie Rushton
  • I Could Have Kicked Myself: David Frost’s Book of the World’s Worst Decisions (1982)
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1983)
  • If You’ll Believe That (1986)
With Michael Shea
  • The Mid-Atlantic Companion, or, How to Misunderstand Americans as Much as They Misunderstand Us (1986)
  • The Rich Tide: Men, Women, Ideas and Their Transatlantic Impact (1986)


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  2. ^ a b c d e Stuart Jeffries Obituary: Sir David Frost, The Guardian, 1 September 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago: Frost/Nixon Study Guide Retrieved 2 October 2011
  4. ^ Frost, famous for Nixon interview, dies | The Journal Gazette
  5. ^ Duff, Oliver (2 May 2005). “My Life in Media: Sir David Frost”. The Independent. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Obituary: Sir David Frost, telegraph.co.uk, 1 September 2013
  7. ^ a b Humphrey Carpenter That Was Satire That Was: The Satire Boom of the 1960s, London: Victor Gollancz, 2000, p.207
  8. ^ Carpenter, p.207-8
  9. ^ Carpenter, p.208-9
  10. ^ a b Simon Hattenstone “The Saturday interview: David Frost”, The Guardian, 2 July 2011
  11. ^ Carpenter That Was Satire That Was, p.261
  12. ^ Carpenter That Was Satire That Was, p.270-1
  13. ^ a b c d Michael Leapman “Sir David Frost: Pioneering journalist and broadcaster whose fame often equalled that of his interviewees”, The Independent, 1 September 2013
  14. ^ David Frost An Autobiography: Part One From Congregation to Audiences, London: HarperCollins, 1993, p.382
  15. ^ “British TV History: The ITV Story: Part 10: The New Franchises”, Teletronic
  16. ^ “Broadcaster Frost rose from satire to friendly interviewer”, The Standard (Hong Kong), 2 September 2013
  17. ^ “ITV Moon Landing Coverage”. British TV History. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  18. ^ The Daily Telegraph obituary says ‘David Paradine Productions’ was established in 1968.
  19. ^ The David Frost Show
  20. ^ Zajacz, Rita. “FROST, DAVID”. The Museum of Broadcast Communications.
  21. ^ Harper, Lauren (19 July 2013). “Henry Kissinger Jokes About Making a Pawn of Bobby Fischer”. National Security Archive. Retrieved 2 August 2013. “The tournament was dramatic enough thanks to Fischer’s antics, but telephone conversation on 3 July 1972, capturing British journalist David Frost asking Kissinger to persuade the grandmaster to attend the championship adds more to the story. Kissinger had an intellectual interest in chess, and the Spassky-Fischer head-to-head alone would have likely piqued his interest in the match, but Frost wanted Kissinger to get involved to ensure Fischer’s participation.”
  22. ^ a b “Declassified transcript of phone call from David Frost to Henry Kissinger”. National Security Archive. 3 July 1972.
  23. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (2 2013). “AN APPRAISAL David Frost: Newsman, Showman, and Suave at Both”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  24. ^ “· David Frost Dies Aged 74”. Wall Street Journal. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  25. ^ “David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74”. New York Times. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  26. ^ “· Sir David Frost Dies Of Heart Attack On Ship”. Sky News. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  27. ^ “On Iran”, (Breakfast with Frost) BBC News, 12 December 2004
  28. ^ Gholam Reza Afkham The Life and Times of the Shah, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008, p.655 n.17:7
  29. ^ “Frost over the World – Rafael Moreno and Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri”. Youtube.com. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  30. ^ Orlebar, Christopher (2004). The Concorde story. Osprey Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-85532-667-5.
  31. ^ Quest, Richard (3 October 2003). “Why Concorde mattered”. The Independent.
  32. ^ Overby, Peter (10 March 2011). “U.S. Firm Under Fire For Gadhafi Makeover Contract”. Npr.org. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  33. ^ “Hearing Trust”. Hearing Trust. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  34. ^ “Our patrons”. Elton John AIDS Foundation. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  35. ^ CaritasData (2006). Who’s Who in Charities 2007. ISBN 1-904964-27-3.
  36. ^ “Patrons page at Alzheimer’s Research UK”. Alzheimersresearchuk.org. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  37. ^ Beresford, Philip, ed. (2006). The “Sunday Times” Rich List 2006–2007: 5,000 of the Wealthiest People in the United Kingdom. A & C Black Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-7136-7941-7.
  38. ^ [1][dead link] (subscription required)
  39. ^ Corcoran, Mark (17 February 2009). “The World According to Frost”. ABC Online.
  40. ^ W. Lee Cozad, More Magnificent Mountain Movies: The Silverscreen Years, 1940-2004, page 219 (Sunstroke Media, 2006). ISBN 978-0-9723372-2-9
  41. ^ First Reaction byline (2 September 2013). “David Frost: tributes to TV’s ‘most illustrious inquisitor'”. The Week. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  42. ^ “For sale: the stunning Hampshire home of Sir David Frost”. Daily Telegraph.
  43. ^ “Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74”. BBC News. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  44. ^ Carter, Claire (1 September 2013). “Sir David Frost dies of heart attack”. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  45. ^ Cruise company pays tribute to Sir David Frost | Meridian – ITV News
  46. ^ Al Jazeera host David Frost dies – Europe – Al Jazeera English
  47. ^ “David Frost dies aged 74”. The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  48. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45117. pp. 6373–6374. 5 June 1970. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  49. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53284. p. 7209. 23 April 1993. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  50. ^ a b c d David Frost Speaker Profile

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