Frost On Nixon – David Frost’s 1977 interviews with former US President Richard Nixon were an international media event. They drew the biggest ever worldwide audience for a news interview. Frost questioned Nixon in sessions lasting a total of 28 hours on all aspects of his presidency – including Watergate, the political scandal which led to his downfall.
In a special BBC Two programme, Joan Bakewell talks to Sir David about his pursuit of the President and the political backdrop to the interviews. She hears about how he struck a business deal with showbiz agent “Swifty” Lazar, a man “noted for his ability to enter a revolving door behind you and come out in front”; the tense relationship between the Frost team and Nixon’s aides; and the personality of Nixon himself.
This is followed by a broadcast of the original 1977 Watergate interview, and also ties in with the showing of the hit 2008 film Frost/Nixon, starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the title roles.
Producer: David Paradine Productions
TX: Summer / Autumn 2011