The Frost Report

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The Frost Report
Cleese, Barker and Corbett in the Class sketch broadcast in April 1966
Genre Comedy
Written by Graham Chapman
Marty Feldman
John Law
Presented by David Frost
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (plus 1 pilot episode)
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC
Original release 1 March 1966 – 1 June 1967

The Frost Report was a satirical television show hosted by David Frost. It ran for 28 episodes on the BBC from 1966 to 1967. It is notable for introducing John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett to television, and also launching the careers of other writers and performers.

Cast and writers[edit]

The main cast were Frost, Corbett, Cleese, Barker, Sheila Steafel and Nicky Henson. Musical interludes were provided by Julie Felix, while Tom Lehrer also performed songs in a few episodes.

The production team of The Frost Report was composed of writers and performers who would go on to become famous names in different television shows. They included future Goodies members Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor, and also Frank Muir, Denis Norden, Barry Cryer, Marty Feldman, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh, Antony Jay (Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister) and future Python members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. It was while working on The Frost Report that the future Pythons developed their unique writing styles that would become so significant later.

A special one-off episode was broadcast on Easter Monday (24 March) 2008. It ran for ninety minutes being followed by a full episode featuring the classic Cleese/Barker/Corbett class sketch, which parodied the British class system.[1]

Archive status[edit]

Around half of the episodes produced (14 episodes out of 29) are still missing from the BBC archives, according to, including most of series two.

Similar shows[edit]

David Frost hosted similar comedy shows with similar casts. These included Frost on Sunday in 1968 with the two Ronnies, Josephine Tewson and Sam Costa. Frost on Saturday in 1968. There was a reunion show The Frost Report is Back in 2008.[2]

"Lord Privy Seal"[edit]

A sketch in The Frost Report is responsible for the term "Lord Privy Seal", in the British television industry, to mean the practice of matching too literal imagery with every element of the accompanying spoken script. In the sketch, the practice was taken to an extreme by backing a "news report" about the Lord Privy Seal (a senior Cabinet official) with images, in quick succession, of a lord, a privy, and a seal balancing a ball on its nose. Richard Dawkins mentioned the practice in a film review.[3]


  1. ^ "BBC revives 1960s satirical show". BBC. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  2. ^ David Frost - IMDb
  3. ^ "Lying for Jesus? - Richard Dawkins". 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 

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