Sir David Frost: That was the Life That Was

Sat Oct 19, 8.20-9.20pm BBC2

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Sheen as David Frost in ‘Frost/Nixon’

Sheen as David Frost in ‘Frost/Nixon’


There’s been a certain amount of disagreement since David Frost passed away at the end of August. Was he really a brilliant, pioneering broadcaster? Or was he simply lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time? Surely, the only gracious conclusion is that it’s perfectly possible for him to have been both.

Of course the arc of his career coincided perfectly with television’s journey towards cultural centrality. But it’s hard to argue that he didn’t make the most of it as this Stephen Fry helmed documentary will surely show. He made some heavy-hitting friends along the way too; along with the likes of Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer and Michaels Parkinson and Palin, this film also features contributions from Tony Blair and John Major. If you fancy staying Frosty for the rest of the evening, there’s a repeat of the documentary ‘Frost on Satire’ immediately after this film and a screening of ‘Frost/Nixon’ at 11pm.


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