Veteran broadcaster who started out in the 60s satire boom and found worldwide fame with his TV interviewsFor half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74, was hardly ever off our television screens, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great and good on al-Jazeera. In the process, he became the world’s most celebrated television interviewer. At the outset, the very success of this man in a stupendous hurry proved somewhat alarming to some – as the author and translator Kitty Muggeridge said of him in 1967: “He has risen without a trace.”Worse than that, he was nicknamed the “bubonic plagiarist”, for allegedly appropriating Peter Cook’s gags and sketches from Beyond the Fringe for his television show That Was the Week That Was, and so piggybacking on the achievements of others.No matter. In the decades that followed, Frost became a media personality and comedian, as comfortable cross-examining the most heavyweight political figures of the day as hosting Through the Keyhole, the show typifying the fatuousness of celebrity culture, in which panellists were given a video tour of a mystery famous guest’s property and asked to identify of the owner from the evidence.Frost could never …read more

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