Friday, 24 September 2021

Friends pay tribute to Sir David Frost

SIR DAVID FROST moved to a farm in Nuffield shortly before his death on Saturday, aged 74.

SIR DAVID FROST moved to a farm in Nuffield shortly before his death on Saturday, aged 74.

The iconic broadcaster, who died after a heart attack while on board a cruise ship, had sold his £5 million Grade II listed rectory in Hampshire before moving with his wife Carina earlier this year.

His sister-in-law Lady Marsha George, who lives in Fawley with her husband Nick, is said to have been consoling Lady Frost, a daughter of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, who grew up in Hambleden.

In a statement, Sir David’s family said they were “devastated” by his death.

The broadcaster was a good friend of Sir William McAlpine and his wife Judy, who live at Fawley Hill.

Lady McAlpine said Sir David had many friends and liked to make people laugh.

“He had a wicked sense of humour, very dry,” she said. “People thought he was acerbic but he wasn’t, just very funny.

“We are, like all his family and friends, shocked to have to think that we will never have another conversation with him. Carina and the children must be inconsolable.” Jeremy Paxman, the Newsnight presenter who lives in Stonor, said: “I’ll never forget the thrill of first watching That Was The Week That Was and suddenly realising that TV didn’t have to be pompous and deferential.

“Frostie may not have invented the interview but he took it to places it had never been before. He was a one-off.”

BBC director general Tony Hall, who has a home in New Street, Henley, said: “From satire to comedy to the big political interviews, for more than 50 years he brought us the history of the world we live in today — that’s the mark of the man.”

Sir David, who was born in Tenterden, Kent, graduated from Cambridge University in 1958 with a degree in English.

He made his name in the Sixties when he presented satirical TV show That Was The Week That Was.

During this time, he became known for his catchphrase, “Hello, good evening and welcome”, which he used to build a rapport with TV audiences.

This was followed by programmes including The Frost Report, The Frost Programme, Frost on Sunday and Breakfast with Frost as well as entertainment show Through the Keyhole.

The last show he presented was Frost All Over the World on Al Jazeera English between 2006 and 2012.

Sir David, who was knighted in 1993, also wrote 14 books and won a number of awards.

He was the only presenter to interview all eight prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2010 and all seven US presidents in office between 1969 and 2008.

One of his most memorable interviews was in 1977 with Richard Nixon in which the broadcaster persuaded the former president to admit to a cover-up over the Watergate scandal.

The Nixon Interviews, the title of the programme, were later adapted into a stage play and film.

Sir David had been married to Carina, his second wife, since 1983 and also leaves three children, Miles, Wilfred and George.

Sir David was on board the MS Queen Elizabeth, where he was engaged as a speaker, when he died.

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