Breakfast with Frost

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Breakfast with Frost
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A set of previously used programme titles from 1996 to 2004.
Genre Politics
Presented by Sir David Frost
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 500
Producer(s) BBC News
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original run 3 January 1993 –
29 May 2005
Followed by The Andrew Marr Show

Breakfast with Frost is a BBC current affairs television programme that was hosted by Sir David Frost on Sunday mornings. The programme covered the main political news of the day while analysing the coverage of the week's news events.



Frost was one of the original 'Famous Five' presenters and shareholders part of the TV-am consortium, the first ITV breakfast franchise holder. Originally, Frost had promised 'sexual chemistry' as co-presenter on weekdays of the daily magazine programme Good Morning Britain with Anna Ford. However its more serious news approach meant that within weeks of the station launching in February 1983, the programme faced dire ratings against the BBC's competing, lighter Breakfast Time which resulted in a major shakeup to TV-am's programming, presenting, and managerial line up.

Frost was removed from weekday mornings to host the Sunday morning current affairs slot, also titled at that time as 'Good Morning Britain' along with the Saturday edition. From May 1983 he began to establish the format the show would eventually take and bring across to the BBC, including his weekly interviews.

The show went under several titles in its short history. Originally a part of the (initially) daily 'Good Morning Britain' magazine programme at TV-am's launch in 1983, in summer 1985 the Sunday edition was briefly renamed The Sunday Programme, before being renamed again on 13 September 1986 as David Frost on Sunday,[1][2] and then a final name change in 1990 to simply Frost on Sunday.[3]

Frost only worked for about six months of the year, with a number of other hosts and programmes filling during the summer months, including Jonathan Dimbleby on Sunday,[4] Anne Diamond on Sunday and TV-am Reports.

A number of episodes were also broadcast by BSB.

The programme continued right until the end of TV-am's franchise at the end of 1992, after it lost to GMTV in the 1991 ITV franchise renewal, with the final edition airing on 27 December 1992.[5]


The BBC picked up the series straight away starting the following week on 3 January 1993, and continued to broadcast the series for more than 12 years for exactly 500 editions until 29 May 2005.[6]

The final edition saw guests including Rory Bremner, Willard White, Carl Davis, John Major, Neil Kinnock, Desmond Tutu, Nigella Lawson, Gyles Brandreth and Carol Vorderman.


The first titles were used from January 1993 until 1996, the second version was from September 1996 to 2004 and the third and final version was from September 2004 to May 2005.


  1. ^ "Bfi | Film & Tv Database | David Frost On Sunday". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  2. ^ "David Frost on". TV-am. 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  3. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | FROST ON SUNDAY". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Bfi | Film & Tv Database | Jonathan Dimbleby On Sunday". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  5. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | FROST ON SUNDAY[27/12/92] (1992)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  6. ^ Michael Leapman (1 September 2013). "Sir David Frost: Pioneering journalist and broadcaster whose fame often equalled that of his interviewees - Obituaries - News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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