Hello, Good Evening, Welcome - The David Frost Story
Michael Sheen looks back at the legendary career of Sir David Frost and, in particular the contribution he made to popular culture
- BBC Radio 2
- Michael Sheen, David Frost, Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Robin Gibb, Kenneth Cope and Sheila Steafel
- Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards
Sir David Frost is famous the world over for his interviews with presidents and prime ministers but his journalistic side is just one part of his repertoire. Michael Sheen, the British actor who portrayed Frost on the big screen, celebrates his role at the centre of popular culture in Sixties Britain and America.
Sir David has been a household name for five decades but it was in the early Sixties that he first rose to fame as host of the ground-breaking satire show That Was The Week That Was, and, later, The Frost Report. In a new interview, David remembers the turning points in his long and illustrious career, while friends and former colleagues including Sir Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett and Robin Gibb give their verdict on the great survivor of television.
His eye for talent helped to launch the careers of many household names, including The Two Ronnies, while his entrepreneurial skills saw him co-found both London Weekend Television and TV-am as well as his own production company.
He has produced eight films, written more than a dozen books and was orchestrating global charity music concerts long before Live Aid was conceived. He planned and organised the 1979 Unicef Gift Of A Song Concert in New York, which was beamed all around the world with acts such as the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and Abba supporting the cause.
Sir David is the only person to interview the last seven US Presidents and his interview with Richard Nixon was one of the most widely watched news interviews in the history of television. In 2008, a play and major Hollywood movie were made in its honour; Frost/Nixon, starring Michael Sheen, was nominated for many Bafta and Academy Awards.