Sir David Paradine Frost OBE was a British television host, journalist, comedian and writer.
He rose to prominence during the satire boom in the United Kingdom when he was chosen to host the satirical programme That Was the Week That Was in 1962.
His success on this show led him to work as a host on American television.
Sir David Frost has been on the front line of television news and entertainment for nearly 40 years.
He has worked on programmes such as:
- That Was The Week That Was
- The Frost Report
- Frost on Sunday
- Breakfast with Frost
Landmark interviews have always been a feature of Sir David’s remarkable career. Among the many world figures, he has interviewed are the six most recent British Prime Ministers, the seven most recent Presidents of the United States and many others outside the world of politics, including Muhammad Ali and the Beatles.
Who is Sir David Frost?
He began presenting TV programmes when he was still an undergraduate at Cambridge and has hosted top-rated shows on both sides of the Atlantic ever since.
That Was The Week That Was was a groundbreaking satirical programme that was screened by the BBC in 1962-63.
Politicians regularly complained to BBC management that they were being ridiculed by David Frost and his team. But the programme gained a massive following and soon achieved cult status.
The Frost Report with John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, followed in 1966 as did the Frost Programme. This was the first current affairs programme to use a participating audience. A variety of interview-based programmes followed. Recorded primarily in the UK and America, they were broadcast all around the world.
Interviewees from the world of showbiz included the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Tenessee Williams and Noel Coward.
Prince Charles was interviewed on the eve of his investiture as Prince of Wales.
Muhammad Ali was interviewed in New York and later in Zaire. Cardinal Heenan came into the studio. Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies took over during a live show.
Key international figures figured week after week in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, including every American President, every British Prime Minister, the Shah of Iran, King Hussein, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin.
The Nixon interviews with David Frost, recorded after Watergate and the President’s humiliating resignation, achieved the largest audience for a news interview in history.
Frost on Sunday began the Sunday morning tradition in 1984 with the TV-am programme which ran until 1992.
Then David joined the BBC. Breakfast with Frost first went on air in January 1993 and has been making headlines ever since.
It is Sir David’s first regular weekly show for the corporation since That Was The Week That Was.
David Frost has written 15 books, produced eight films and has – over the years – received just about all the major TV awards there are, both in the UK and the US as well as internationally.
He has been married to Carina for 17 years. They have three sons.