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Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey is the latest in a line of TV confessionals, from Hugh Grant to Princess Diana. Mark Lawson offers some tips on making a big impression

The success of a broadcast interview used to be judged by publicity, ratings and subsequent awards at media prize-givings. But the impact of Peter Morgan's 2006 play Frost/Nixon, and the subsequent film adaptation, has set the bar much higher. After those high-profile dramatisations of David Frost's 1977 interviews with the only Us president forced to resign, interviewer Oprah Winfrey and interviewee Lance Armstrong could be forgiven for idly wondering – as they prepared for their encounter, to be broadcast on Thursday – if actors will one day be nominated for Tony and Oscar awards for playing them.

Certainly, the level of anticipation suggests that Winfrey-Armstrong may join Frost-Nixon on a list of key television confrontations, one that also includes »

- David Frost, Mark Lawson

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