TV’s greatest interrogator, Sir David Frost, is returning to the BBC to present a series about the art of television interviewing called Frost on Interviews.
The new show will include contributions from Lord Bragg, Michael Parkinson, Stephen Fry and Joan Bakewell.
Throughout the series Frost will explore the ways in which TV interviews have developed over six decades, charting the change from early sycophantic political interviews to modern-day Paxman-style grillings.
As well as new analysis, the programme will also feature archive footage of classic interviews with figures like Francis Bacon, Margaret Thatcher, Anthony Eden and Frost’s most famous interviewee, Richard Nixon.
In a statement, Frost said: “Over the last half century the television interview has given us some of TV’s most heart-stopping and memorable moments.
“On the surface it is a simple format – two people sitting across from one another having a conversation. But underneath it is often a power struggle – a battle for the psychological advantage.”
Frost on Interviews will air in the spring.
See the infamous Frost/Nixon interview below: