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Breakfast with Frost: Your memories

Sir David Frost interviewing Bill Clinton

Sir David Frost sat in his comfy armchair for the last time on Sunday as Breakfast with Frost drew to a close after 12 years.

Sir David has interviewed many high profile guests, among them world leaders such as Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.

One of his most famous interviews was with former US President Richard Nixon who admitted he had let his country down over the Watergate Affair.

His new show, The Frost Interview, will start later in the year. Andrew Marr will take over Sir David's breakfast show in September.

What are your highlights of Breakfast with Frost? What have been your favourite interviews?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion received so far:

I have really enjoyed watching David Frost's Sunday morning interviews. When they started, I was a boy, and they really opened my eyes to the world of politics. And what a dark world it is. All praise to Sir David for shining some light on it.
Daniel Billing, Bath, UK

Frost was perfect for his role, providing intelligent yet light daytime entertainment. He may not act like Jeremy Paxman, but that was always his key charm.
Mike Jones, Cardiff, Wales

Why is everybody getting all misty eyed? Frost has been interviewing people for, I would guess, 40 years and now he is leaving one interview show after a dozen of those years and starting another one. It's hard to see the earthshaking aspect of this change. Still, it's good to see a talented man receive some recognition while he's still alive.
Tom, Bloomington, USA

Sir David has been my alarm clock! The interviews have always been fair and to the point without the brashness of other interviewers. He is the consummate interviewer: to the point, and has a relationship with interviewees that other presenters seem to struggle with.
Darren , Crediton UK

I can't wait for Andrew Marr. Well done the BBC. A fine replacement.
Alex, East Yorkshire

Sir Frost contributed immensely to the BBC's solid reputation of impartiality and first-rate interviewing and reporting
Pancha Chandra, Brussels, Belgium

Sir David Frost, a doyen in the journalistic world, carried out his interviewing in a polite, direct way showing empathy, mastery of his facts and dedication to the truth. Going through the past programmes of Breakfast with Frost on video is like seeing famous personalities being put through their paces and shifting uncomfortably on their seats when they were shown to have overreached. Sir Frost contributed immensely to the BBC's solid reputation of impartiality and first-rate interviewing and reporting. Andrew Marr, a first-rate journalist in his own right, will have a reasonably difficult act to follow.
Pancha Chandra, Brussels, Belgium

Of course David Frost had many who were willing to be interviewed on his show. It gave the guests air time knowing it would be an easy ride.
T Newman, UK

My best memories were of course a stuttering and sweating Blair just before the election, sweet memory indeed.
Ian Watson, Dorset, UK

I liked David Frost since he first appeared on TWTW, but if you saw that you know what his mental attitude was to interviewing. Urbane, pleasant, quite an interesting interviewer. He lacked the incisive cut of Paxman. That does not mean he was not perceptive and that makes his interviewing interesting.
Tony, Welling, Kent

Sir David Frost - you were a classic, no one can replace you. Best of luck for the future.
Brendan Chilton, Great Britain

The reason he could get so-called 'big names' on the sofa was because the guests knew they would be handled with kid gloves. Incredibly boring interviewer, and now he's gone I'll start watching Marr again on Sunday.
Rich, Exeter

It's easy to forget when Frost interviewed Nixon. Over the years he has clearly demonstrated access to the great, the good and the bad. The real problem is that the UK political parties, and their leaders now generate about as much interest as watching paint dry, so for Sir David it's a great time to go. I look forward to Andrew Marr taking up the task of making Sunday morning UK politics more interesting than washing the car.
Dave Brennan, Marlborough, UK

My attention was never held for more than 10 minutes. A totally over-rated man. Is it impossible for the BBC to find a single interviewer who can be incisive, probing, intelligent, civilised, and yet not be soporifically dull? All we need now is for Parkie to interview Frost for the ultimate in an interview going nowhere.
Helen, Chester, UK

he gets the most out of his guests without being rude or pushy.
Tricia Cousins, Ontario Canada & Basingstoke UK

Although I am living in Canada at the moment, I have loved watching Breakfast With Frost for many years. He is a true professional and gets the most out of his guests without being rude or pushy. Sunday mornings won't be the same.
Tricia Cousins, Ontario Canada & Basingstoke UK

Being interviewed by David looked like someone was having a comfy chat with their favourite uncle. A very gentle companion with your cornflakes but a hugely wasted opportunity to probe big names for accurate answers.
Gary F, Herts, UK

Many of the comments so far so badly miss the point! David of course is a member of the establishment. But, uniquely outside of leading interview shows in the USA, Frost has easily attracted heads of state & government who were willing and eager to be interviewed on his show. His interview with the President of Indonesia in the early days of the tsunami recovery was one striking example. Who else could expect, in one career, to interview Mandela, Gorbachev, two Bushes, Bhutto, Putin, Nixon, Clinton ... and many others, not just once, but often many times each. Most of these interviews offered an insight into their inner personalities that would otherwise never have been put on public record. How nice that he will still be doing major set-piece interviews in his new programme; good luck David!
Robin Stern, Cambridge, England

I have to completely disagree with Lester Stenner in saying that "Frost won't be missed". Very few people have managed to interview such influential people and question them intelligently without being arrogant for answers. Frost's programme has been a face of Sunday morning TV for twelve years and it is now the end of an era. He rightly deserves the title "Sir" David Frost and his many awards.
John Elfed Hughes, Nr Llanrwst, Wales

He will be missed, however Andrew Marr I feel is going to be a great replacement. It is time politicians got a tougher session on Sunday mornings.
Stuart, Belfast

I won't miss him at all. In fact he used to ruin my Sunday mornings with his ingratiating smile, his weak questions, his failure to follow up answers adequately and his general sycophancy. He had all the cutting edge of a blunt quill and the deference of the same era.
Tim Swain, Deri, Wales

Breakfast with Galloway. What a wonderful idea! I think many would get up to hear the man speak.
Farzana, UK

He was a weak interviewer
Lester, UK

Frost won't be missed by the majority, he was a weak interviewer, who let too many politicians off the hook. Very biased, especially towards Labour. I won't miss him and his inane comments to Moira. He is the weakest link, good-bye.
Lester Stenner, UK

I always enjoyed Breakfast with Frost but I am even more looking forward to Andrew Marr taking over. A good choice.
Simon, England

Glad to see the back of the bloke! I'm surprised he didn't start wringing his cap in some of his cutting-edge interviews. Not at all challenging and very good at leading his guests into their answers.
Chris, Liverpool

Sir David had the sense to realise that it is not necessary to be aggressive to obtain the real truth in an interview. Merely repeating a question a dozen times does not get to anything, being insulting will only clam the interviewee up. Over the years since TW3 David Frost developed an easy-going style that has produced more positive results than some self-important interviewers could dream of.
Barry P, Havant

Although cutting edge in the far off mists of his younger days, Frost in his later years has been pretty hopeless, not to mention virtually incoherent.
Chris B, Bedford, UK

Long past his sell by date he had evolved into a Uriah Heep figure without the guile or menace. Good riddance, though his replacement seems another sycophant.
David Anderson, Glasgow

Sir David has an amazingly disarming manner that can easily catch his interviewees unawares. He is almost like the priest or psychiatrist creating a safe place for them to unburden. It was Frost that made Nixon feel safe. The end of an era.
Chris Clark, Worthing

I found him condescending irritating and with a voice that would put you to sleep. An institution he may be but who wants to be in an institution ?
Ian, London

Sir David towered like a colossus over the world of political interviewing for a generation. It is a tribute to his work that he has secured so many repeat performances with these individuals. His approach has done much to strengthen the image of our political process by defusing the myth that all politicians are in some way corrupt or dishonest as reinforced by the aggressive interview techniques of Paxman, Humphreys et al. Breakfast with Frost has allowed the British people to see for themselves some of the most remarkable people of our age being questioned on British television and for that alone the programme will be sadly missed.
James, Durham

Frost lets his interviewees get a word in
Martin, London

Frost will be missed by some of us although his style of interviewing was so out of date. Unlike the great Humphreys on Radio 4 Frost lets his interviewees get a word in, and he doesn't shout at or bully them; what's wrong with him? Good luck in everything else you do David.
Martin Smith, London

Britons in general are suckers to their betters and do not wish to hear disturbing news or challenging views. The press is part of the establishment and Frost in his various stages has always been a member of the club. And so is Marr. The same faces turn up at the parties at the New Statesman, The Spectator and 10 Downing Street. They all line up waiting for knighthoods, dame hoods and occasionally; peerage.
Historian, Orpington, UK

Sir David Frost will be a tough act to follow. His interview technique is excellent and I will miss his Sunday programme very much. I am sure Andrew Marr will do very well but he will take some getting used to.
Richard K Leah, Chesterfield England

Sir David has remained a gentleman in all that he has done. A sense of humour, a witty remark, and a dogged but even tempered respectful persistence in his interviewing technique, have been his skills. Some of the high profile interviewers that appear as hosts on other TV programmes can struggle to match his excellence but they are unlikely ever to emulate him.
TD, Scotland

Watching Breakfast with Frost used to be the highlight of my Sunday until a few years ago when the style of interviewing was too empathetic. Many politicians were allowed to get away with flippant, arrogant answers and Sir David Frost just got bullied into submission. I'm glad Andrew Marr will be taking over and I hope he is a bit more acidic. Of course, if Jeremy Paxman were to present the show then we would be guaranteed fireworks!
Nick, UK

A great example of all that's right with this country
Chris, Telford

David Frost is a British TV institution, a great example of all that's right with this country. He is unfailingly courteous to his guests, and does not let his own feelings colour his interviews, how unlike that horrible Jeremy Paxman he is! I for one am glad that he is not leaving our screen yet, I hope he is around for a long time to come.
Chris, Telford, UK

He rattled and ribbed the establishment in the 60s, courted it in the 70s and became a fully fledged member in the 80s and ever since. All of which is fair enough I suppose although I prefer his earlier irreverent incarnation.
Tony, East Sussex. UK.

Dead Ringers paid the biggest tribute this week in the sketch about him. Andrew Marr is a worthy successor. Good luck to them both.
Tim Mcmahon, Pennar, Wales

Definitely time to go. Frost used to be a cutting edge interviewer who is now so establishment it's embarrassing.
Dave, UK

I will miss Breakfast with Frost. But how about a replacement - Breakfast with Galloway for instance?!
Benjamin Higgott, Wakefield UK

The line-up was always second to none. But the interviews served no purpose whatsoever. They were merely an opportunity for gratuitous and nauseating over-indulgence on both sides.
UE, Kent, UK



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