|Sir David Frost with Richard Nixon – 1977.|
Just 15 minutes before the end of last night’s episode of The Two we heard the sad news that one of the finest British broadcasters of them all – Sir David Frost – had died of a heart attack aged 74. Pam and I were already planning to end the program with the remarkable Spirits Having Flown by the Bee Gees as a happy birthday to Barry Gibb, but with the word through about Frost the lyrics seemed coincidentally appropriate.
If you click here you can see an example of this with a montage of highlights from his career put together by the BBC. It includes Frost asking the then Prime Minister if he and George W. Bush prayed together – a simple question that appears to completely throw Blair.
The Nixon interviews – where Frost coaxed an apology from the former US President – were in 1977 and Frost had already been an international celebrity for 15 years, including for the satirical That Was The Week That Was in the 60s. But if those Nixon interviews didn’t make his reputation, they at the very least secured it.
Of course the chess match style of interview with a political heavyweight wasn’t a rarity for Frost: watch him below with Margaret Thatcher in 1985 and witness his quiet courage in the face of Thatcher’s ferocity. Also below is the song Pam and I played in tribute to Frost, Spirits Having Flown by the Bee Gees – click here for why Spirits is my favourite Gibb song.