Breakfast with Frost

Breakfast with Frost was a Sunday morning BBC current affairs programme hosted by Sir David Frost. It covered the main political news of the day, with Frost interviewing key figures in the world of politics, and celebrity guests reviewing the Sunday papers.

Breakfast with Frost
Title screen (19962003)
Presented bySir David Frost
Theme music composerChris Blackwell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes577 (inc. 1 special)
Producer(s)BBC News
Running time60 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Picture format4:3 (19932000)
16:9 (200005)
Original release3 January 1993 
29 May 2005
Followed byThe Andrew Marr Show



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

After being dropped from the weekday morning slot, Frost was chosen to host the Sunday morning edition of Good Morning Britain from May 1983. In summer 1985, it was briefly renamed The Sunday Programme, then renamed again on 13 September 1986 as David Frost on Sunday,[1] and a final name change in 1988 to Frost on Sunday.[2]

Most of the time the programme was on most of the year except for a summer break, except from February - July 1986 was replaced by Jonathan Dimbleby on Sunday,[3] Kelly on Sunday covering the summer of 1986. From early 1989 with Anne Diamond on Sunday and TV-am Reports. A number of episodes were also broadcast by BSB.

The programme continued until the end of TV-am's franchise at the end of 1992, after it lost to GMTV in the 1991 ITV franchise renewal, and the final episode aired on 27 December 1992.[4]


The BBC picked up the format straight away, starting the following week on 3 January 1993, and it continued for more than 12 years, until the final edition on 29 May 2005.[5] The first ever guest to be interviewed on Breakfast with Frost was then Prime Minister, John Major.[6]

The final edition saw guests including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, comedian Rory Bremner, and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, with TV presenter Carol Vorderman, author Gyles Brandreth, and chef Nigella Lawson reviewing the papers.[7]


The first opening titles were used from 3 January 1993 to 25 August 1996, the second version was used from 1 September 1996 to 30 August 2003, and the final version was used from 6 September 2003 to 29 May 2005.

Its theme tune was composed by Chris Blackwell.[8]


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  2. "BFI Database - Frost on Sunday (TV series)". BFI. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  3. "BFI Database - Jonathan Dimbleby on Sunday (TV series)". BFI. Retrieved 4 September 2013.[dead link]
  4. "BFI Database - Frost on Sunday [27/12/92] (1992)". BFI. Archived from the original on 7 August 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. "Sir David Frost: Obituary". The Independent. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  6. "Breakfast with Frost - BBC One London - 3 January 1993". BBC Genome. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  7. "Breakfast with Frost - BBC One London - 29 May 2005". BBC Genome. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. "IF... FAQs". BBC News. Retrieved 11 November 2015.