Sir David Frost’s final project to go ahead

The BBC will pay tribute to the late broadcaster on That Was The Year That Was, with Lord Grade taking over presenting duties


The BBC has announced plans to go ahead with a new programme for Radio 2 that Sir David Frost had planned to front before he passed away earlier this month. Production on That Was the Year That Was will continue with Lord Grade, a former chairman of the BBC, recruited to step into Frost’s shoes for a three-part series looking at the “momentous” year of 1963, which saw Sir David present satirical show That Was The Week That Was (TW3) for the first time. 


Grade will be joined by guests including Dame Joan Bakewell, Petula Clark and Barry Norman in the new series which will look at the news stories that dominated Frost’s early career. The Profumo affair, President Kennedy’s assassination, the Great Train Robbery and the first James Bond film will all be examined as Grade speaks to a string of guests offering memories and their own insights into his success in 1963. 

Further subjects to be discussed include the beginning of Doctor Who, The Beatles’ first number one, spy Kim Philby’s defection to the Soviet Union and the opening of the National Theatre. 

Controller of Radio 2, Bob Shennan, said, “David Frost had agreed to present the recreation of his iconic programme just before his passing, and he was extremely excited about the project.

“It’s fitting that Michael Grade is to front the programme as a tribute to his friend.” 

The series will begin recording this week and will air later this year, according to The Telegraph.

Frost passed away after suffering a heart attack whilst on a cruise ship, prompting scores of tributes from famous figures, including Sir Michael Parkinson, Tony Hall and Prime Minister David Cameron. During a broadcasting career that spanned six decades he is best known for his series of high profile interviews in 1977 with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon.