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David Frost

Sir David Frost

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 27 Nov 2005

Television presenter, Broadcaster

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost - the only British television presenter to have interviewed seven American presidents and six British Prime Ministers who has, over the past five decades, become a broadcasting institution. The presenter once known as a scourge of the Establishment has become something of an establishment figure himself, noted for his formidable contacts book, his star-studded parties, and for his gentle but revealing interviewing style.

Born in 1939, the youngest son of a Methodist minister and his wife, David was football and cricket-mad from an early age but with a burning ambition to go to Cambridge University. He arrived there in 1958, and threw himself into it, joining Footlights and editing Varsity and Granta. After Cambridge, Ned Sherrin saw him performing a comedy act in a Mayfair bar and hired him up to present the iconic satirical programme That Was The Week That Was. Other successful programmes followed including Frost Over Britain and The Frost Report.

Breakfast with Frost ran for twelve years until early 2005. David is not retiring though and is due to present a new interview programme for Al-Jazeera International which will begin next Spring, and will also conduct occasional interviews for the BBC.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

The Beatles

7.

The Beatles

The Long and Winding Road

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Eric Coates

8.

Castaway's favourite

Eric Coates

The Dam Busters March

Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Book

London A-Z by

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Luxury item

Sunday papers

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 25 Dec 1971

Television presenter, Writer, Journalist

Roy Plomley's castaway is broadcaster David Frost.

Choices

Jean Sibelius

2.

Castaway's favourite

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Hermann

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Ella Mitchell

3.

Ella Mitchell

Go Tell It On A Mountain

Willy Millowitsch

4.

Willy Millowitsch

Get Me To The Church On Time

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George Frideric Handel

5.

George Frideric Handel

Ombra mai fu (Largo) (from Xerxes)

Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

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Bobby Kennedy & David Frost

7.

Bobby Kennedy & David Frost

Bobby Kennedy interviewed by David Frost

Winston Churchill

8.

Winston Churchill

Meeting With Roosevelt (Speech 24/08/41)

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Frank Sinatra

10.

Frank Sinatra

Love's Been Good To Me

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Giacomo Puccini

11.

Giacomo Puccini

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)

Soloist: Leontyne Price Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis

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David Frost

12.

David Frost

The Frost Repost On Everything (Excerpt)

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Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade Choir

14.

Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade Choir

The Lord's Prayer

Book

Set of Hansard by

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Luxury item

Paper and felt-tipped pens

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 15 Apr 1963

That Was The Week That Was presenter

Roy Plomley's castaway is broadcaster David Frost.

Choices

Ballarat City Choir

1.

Ballarat City Choir

The Old Rugged Cross

Millicent Martin and Others

4.

Millicent Martin and Others

That Was the Week That Was

Édith Piaf

8.

Castaway's favourite

Édith Piaf

Non, je ne regrette rien

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Book

The collected works by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Luxury item

Potato crisps

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