R.I.P. Sir David Frost

It is with great sadness that Thn must report the passing of one of the true greats of British television broadcasting. Sir David Frost, journalist, presenter, comedy writer and hard-hitting interviewer, passed away aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship on Saturday evening at the age of 74. Sir David was due to give a speech aboard the vessel that evening, but it is reported that died shortly before of a heart attack, which was confirmed by his family early yesterday.

Sir David found international stardom in the 1970s when he was conducted a series of interviews with disgraced former U.S. president Richard Nixon. The story of bringing those interviews to TV screens around the world were made into a play and subsequent movie, directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan in 2006. Michael Sheen played Sir David in the film, and the both appeared together on the red carpet
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Sir David Frost obituary

Veteran broadcaster who started out in the 60s satire boom and found worldwide fame with his TV interviews

For half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74 of a heart attack, was hardly ever off our television screens, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great and good on al-Jazeera. In the process, he became the world's most celebrated television interviewer.

At the outset, the very success of this man in a stupendous hurry proved somewhat alarming to some – as the author and translator Kitty Muggeridge said of him in 1967: "He has risen without a trace." Worse than that, he was nicknamed the "bubonic plagiarist", for allegedly appropriating Peter Cook's gags and sketches from Beyond the Fringe for his television show That Was the Week That Was, and so piggybacking on the achievements of others.

No matter. In the decades that followed, Frost
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Sir David Frost 1939-2013: Obituary of legendary broadcaster

Sir David Frost died yesterday (August 31) after suffering a suspected heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship.

Frost was born in Kent in 1939, the son of a minister. A keen footballer, he was offered a contract with Nottingham Forest Fc while at school, but chose to study English at Cambridge University instead.

It was here that he started out in journalism, editing the student newspaper Varsity and literary magazine Granta. He also became secretary of the Footlights club, where he met future comedy stars such as Peter Cook, Graham Chapman and John Bird.

Upon graduating, Frost became a trainee at ITV and was soon asked to host satirical show That Was The Week That Was in 1962. He went on to front a Us version of the programme for NBC, before presenting The Frost Report from 1966 to 1967, helping to launch the careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
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R.I.P. David Frost

Sir David Frost, the veteran broadcaster and writer, has died of a suspected heart attack while traveling aboard the Queen Elizabeth where he was delivering a speech on Saturday night, according to the BBC. He was 74. Frost’s long career spanned journalism, heavy-hitting TV interviews, game show hosting and comedy writing. He notably conducted a series of televised sit-downs with former president Richard Nixon in 1977. They were the basis of a 2006 play by Peter Morgan, which was then adapted as Ron Howard’s 2008 film, Frost/Nixon. Michael Sheen played Frost and the film was nominated for five Oscars. In the early 1960s, Frost hosted the satirical program That Was The Week That Was on the BBC and also featured on an American version for NBC from 1964-1965. In 1968, he helped launch London Weekend Television, which is now part of ITV. His other on-air TV credits included The Frost Report, The David Frost Show,
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12 great movie journalists

Odd List Mark Williams Jan 2, 2013

From superheroes in disguise to vain news anchors, Mark celebrates 12 particularly fine movie journalists...

With the news that Clark Kent has quit his job at the Daily Planet because of its preference for soft entertainment stories, the world of fictional journalism was rocked to its foundations. After all, he's been there since the Superman comics began in the 1940s, despite the lack of career progress. But, it seems the Man of Steel's civilian day-job has lost its appeal, and now he's going into business on his own.

Journalism is a topic that raises its head in films regularly across the genres, and it has provided some fine, and not so fine, examples of the hardy reporter, always on the lookout for the next scoop. Oftentimes, there is the route of the truth or the route of the fast buck, with the majority of those
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Sir David Frost: 'Today, Lord Lucan is as good as we'll get'

The superlative interviewer on the one that got away – or has he? – and his new show on BBC4. And after almost half a century working on TV, what surprises him most?

How do you interview Sir David Frost, the man who conducted the famous Richard Nixon interview, about the art of interviewing? It feels like running an egg-sucking seminar for grandmothers. Frost had more than 28 hours with Nixon. I had just under an hour with Frost to talk to him about his new show, Frost on Interviews, which BBC4 broadcasts on Tuesday at 9pm.

Featuring some of television's greatest inquisitors, such as Michael Parkinson and Melvyn Bragg, it tracks the history of the interview from its birth, with the profoundly soft encounters of the 1950s contrasting with Jeremy Paxman's celebrated grilling of Michael Howard. Paxman declined to appear on the programme, which concludes by asking if the rise of
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