By Gordon Cramb
When a young David Frost came to prominence in Britain as front man of the BBC’s That Was The Week That Was, it was 1963 and suddenly nothing and no one were sacred.
Not the Queen, whom he depicted as “swimming for her life” in one surviving clip from the satirical television show. Certainly not the politicians of the day. Nor, too, the Fourth Estate of which he was to become a prominent member.
Fifteen years before he extracted a measure of Watergate contrition from Richard Nixon and half a century before his death, Frost co-edited a compilation of snippets derived from the Saturday night programme, whose title it also bears. Published by WH Allen, the 160-page volume offers among other gems “Ten Commandments for Journalists”. Read more