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13.12.02

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Ten years of Breakfast with Frost


Breakfast with Frost, the BBC's weekly agenda-setting news and current affairs programme, is celebrating its tenth year.


Top names from the worlds of politics, sport and entertainment will join Sir David Frost on a special anniversary programme - Breakfast with Frost … the first ten years - on BBC ONE, 9.00am, Sunday 15 December 2002.


In an exclusive interview, England Captain David Beckham and England Coach Sven Goran Eriksson talk to Sir David Frost about football and the pressure that goes with their celebrity status.


On England's performance in the World Cup, Eriksson says he is convinced the team would have done better if there had been a longer period between the end of the domestic football season and the start of the competition: "If we had had one more week we could have done better – I'm sure about that."


And he says that he accepts interest in his private life, but if it ever got too intense, knows he could move abroad.


David Beckham adds: "It is unfortunate that your private life comes into the game because, at the end of the day, all I've ever wanted to do is play football."


Sir David has also interviewed George Bush Senior for the programme and will be joined live in the studio by Sir Elton John and Rory Bremner.


Anne Robinson and Andrew Neil will review the newspapers and will also be casting an eye over some of the papers published on the day the show was launched, 3 January 1993.


Breakfast with Frost has been making headlines ever since its first programme.


Hundreds of leading figures have appeared on the show over the years, each with something interesting to say about the key issues of the moment.


Included in this special programme will be highlights from the past ten years - from Tony Blair to Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles to Imran and Jemima Khan, Margaret Thatcher to Bill Clinton, and Eric Clapton to Bishop Desmond Tutu.


Sir David said: "Information is the lifeblood of any democracy and that's what we seek - information not only about a leader's policies but also about what him makes him or her tick."


Barney Jones, Editor of Breakfast with Frost, said : "Assembling the highlights clips reminded me just how much we've covered over the past decade.


"Prime Ministers, presidents and a host of leading politicians talking frankly and passionately about their work; and moments like Christopher Reeve talking movingly about his accident, or Nelson Mandela getting up in the studio and dancing, make all the hard work worthwhile."


Notes to Editors


Pictures of David Beckham and Sven Goran Eriksson taken during their interview with Sir David Frost are available, for media use only, at BBC Picture Publicity on the digital picture service (in the "specials" folder).


Transcripts of the interview with David Beckham and Sven Goran Eriksson are available here.


Transcripts from the remaining interviews will be available from the BBC Press Office on 15 December 2002.


Excerpts from Sir David's top interviews will run throughout the anniversary programme. Some of the most memorable interviews to be featured include :


Lady Thatcher
Frost: "Is there anything large that you were wrong on?"
Thatcher: "Oh goodness me, David. I'm sure I was wrong on a number of things, but I cannot think of anything immediately." (October 1993)


Election Year
Frost: "Have you made any New Year Resolutions?"
Major: "Yes."
Frost: "What are they?"
Major: "I think I'll stay cool, calm and elected. I think that's my New Year Resolution."
Blair: "Well, we're not going to do anything that's not credible. That's my absolute bottom line."
Ashdown: "I often feel that there ought to be over the door of the House of Commons: the famous words from Dante's Inferno, 'abandon hope all ye who enter here'!" (January 1997)


Jeffrey Archer
Archer: "I may have made a mistake. I often make mistakes, in life we all do. But I think if you are only going to have a saint for this job, I'm certainly not your man." (September 1999)


William Hague (in Parliament): "So far we've had Frost on Sunday, panic on Monday, U-turn on Tuesday and waffle on Wednesday."


Nelson Mandela
Mandela: "Every time I go to bed I feel strong and full of hope because I can see our dreams emerging the dream of a Rainbow Nation, a nation that is united and that is loyal to South Africa." (March 1997)


Rudy Guilliani
Guilliani: "I went up to the Fire Department Fire Post and they said we're confident that we can save everybody below the fire. And I knew that was a euphemistic way of saying that we have to sacrifice everybody above." (December 2001)


Betty Maxwell
Betty: "The press, they want a man to be a monster and they fabricate a monster and they are not prepared to be fair about it."
Frost: "And he wasn't at least part time a monster?"
Betty: "Well, he was a wonderful monster to me." (November 1994)


Christopher Reeve
Frost: "Will you just tell me the moment where the phrase Still Me, the title of your book, came from - that moment when you just said to her, maybe we should let me go?"
Reeve: "Yes and without blinking an eye she said, "but you're still you and I love you." What she said really, you know, changed my life, made it possible to go on." (May 1998)


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