Nixon's The One. Image shows from L to R: Henry Kissinger (Henry Goodman), President Richard Nixon (Harry Shearer). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Nixon's The One

Sky Arts comedy drama. 6 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars David Frost, Harry Shearer and Demetri Goritsas.

Nixon's The One

Comic series revealing the tragic and humourous reality of the White House during 'I am not a crook' Richard Nixon's time as President

Comedy Drama
2012 - 2014
Sky Arts
6   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Harry Shearer and Stanley Kutler
David Frost, Harry Shearer and Demetri Goritsas
Harry Shearer and Stanley Kutler
Sasha Ransome
Alex Walsh-Taylor

Harry Shearer and Henry Goodman star in a comedy drama revealing the extraordinary conversations that took place behind the closed doors of the Oval Office during President "I am not a crook" Nixon's time in office.

Written by Shearer in collaboration with Dr Stanley Kutler, the historian whose lawsuit ensured the release of the long-suppressed Nixon tapes in 1997, the deadpan series draws on more than 2,000 hours of meetings and telephone conversations recorded by Nixon via a secret system he had installed in the White House.

The result is an eye-opening and amusing insight into the paranoia, ego and secretive dealings of 'Tricky Dicky'. Rambling conversations, clumsy comments and awkward meetings expose Nixon's intimate, sly and fraught relationship with his close advisor Henry Kissinger (Goodman), his obsession with wire-tapping, his difficult relationship with the media and his anxiety over the East Coast intellectual establishment.

The late Sir David Frost, who conducted a series of seminal interviews with the flawed US president in the 1970s, introduces each episode of unbelievable, yet completely true, White House conversations, while comedian and satirist Shearer (The Simpsons) brilliantly portrays the eccentricities of the tragi-comic American leader.

Directed by Sasha Ransome and filmed in the style of a fly-on-the wall documentary, the series forms part of Sky Arts' acclaimed Playhouse Presents... strand and provides a funny and eyebrow-raising look at the wild musings of the 37th US President: a man whose thoughts, words and actions led to decisions that reverberated all over the world.

Production Details

Part of

Playhouse Presents

Production company
Song Nixon's The One written and performed by Judith Owen.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 26th April 2012 on Sky Arts at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 27th February 2014 on Sky Arts at 9pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 23rd January 2017 at 12:15am