The Frost Report

The Frost Report is a satirical television show hosted by David Frost. It introduced John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, and Ronnie Corbett to television, and launched the careers of other writers and performers. It premiered on BBC1 on 10 March 1966 and ended on 12 December 1967, with a total of 26 regular episodes over the course of 2 series and 2 specials as well.

The Frost Report
Opening title from series one
Written byGraham Chapman
Marty Feldman
John Law
Presented byDavid Frost
StarringRonnie Corbett
Ronnie Barker
John Cleese
Sheila Steafel
Nicky Henson
Julie Felix
Tom Lehrer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes26 (plus 2 specials)
ProducerJames Gilbert[1]
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release10 March 1966 (1966-03-10) 
26 December 1967 (1967-12-26)

Cast and writers

Cleese, Barker, and Corbett in the Class sketch broadcast in April 1966

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.

Writers and performers on The Frost Report later worked on many other television shows. They included Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor (of The Goodies), Barry Cryer, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Dick Vosburgh, Spike Mullins (who would write Corbett's Two Ronnies monologues), Antony Jay (Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister), and future Python members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.[2][1] It was while working on The Frost Report that the future Pythons developed their writing style. The established comedy writer Marty Feldman, as well as the Frank Muir and Denis Norden partnership, were also contributors to the programme.[3]

A special compilation from series 1, titled "Frost over England" (featuring the classic Cleese/Barker/Corbett class sketch, which parodied the British class system) won the Rose d'Or at the 1967 Montreux festival. A special one-off reunion was broadcast on Easter Monday (24 March) 2008. It ran for ninety minutes and was followed by "Frost over England".[4]

Archive status

The entire second series (with the exception of "The Frost Report on Women") and the "Frost Over Christmas" special are missing from the BBC archives and are considered lost. Home recorded audio tapes are known to exist for all of these.[5][6]


Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11310 March 1966 (1966-03-10)9 June 1966 (1966-06-09)
Special26 March 1967 (1967-03-26)
2136 April 1967 (1967-04-06)29 June 1967 (1967-06-29)
Special26 December 1967 (1967-12-26)

Series 1 (1966)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Frost Report on Authority"10 March 1966 (1966-03-10)
22"The Frost Report on Holidays"17 March 1966 (1966-03-17)
33"The Frost Report on Sin"24 March 1966 (1966-03-24)
44"The Frost Report on Elections"31 March 1966 (1966-03-31)
55"The Frost Report on Class"7 April 1966 (1966-04-07)
66"The Frost Report on the News"14 April 1966 (1966-04-14)
77"The Frost Report on Education"21 April 1966 (1966-04-21)
88"The Frost Report on Love"28 April 1966 (1966-04-28)
99"The Frost Report on Law"12 May 1966 (1966-05-12)
1010"The Frost Report on Leisure"19 May 1966 (1966-05-19)
1111"The Frost Report on Medicine"26 May 1966 (1966-05-26)
1212"The Frost Report on Food and Drink"2 June 1966 (1966-06-02)
1313"The Frost Report on Trends"9 June 1966 (1966-06-09)

Special (1967)

TitleOriginal air date
"Frost Over England"26 March 1967 (1967-03-26)

Series 2 (1967)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
141"The Frost Report on Money"6 April 1967 (1967-04-06)
152"The Frost Report on Women"13 April 1967 (1967-04-13)
163"The Frost Report on the Forces"20 April 1967 (1967-04-20)
174"The Frost Report on Advertising"27 April 1967 (1967-04-27)
185"The Frost Report on Parliament"4 May 1967 (1967-05-04)
196"The Frost Report on the Countryside"11 May 1967 (1967-05-11)
207"The Frost Report on Industry"18 May 1967 (1967-05-18)
218"The Frost Report on Culture"25 May 1967 (1967-05-25)
229"The Frost Report on Transport"1 June 1967 (1967-06-01)
2310"The Frost Report on Crime"8 June 1967 (1967-06-08)
2411"The Frost Report on Europe"15 June 1967 (1967-06-15)
2512"The Frost Report on Youth"22 June 1967 (1967-06-22)
2613"The Frost Report on Showbusiness"29 June 1967 (1967-06-29)

Christmas special (1967)

TitleOriginal air date
"Frost Over Christmas"26 December 1967 (1967-12-26)

Similar shows

David Frost hosted related comedy shows with similar casts. These included Frost on Sunday in 1968 with the two Ronnies, Josephine Tewson, and Sam Costa. The same year, he presented Frost on Saturday. There was a reunion show, The Frost Report is Back, broadcast in 2008.[7]

"Lord Privy Seal"


A sketch in The Frost Report is responsible for the term "Lord Privy Seal" in the British television industry, meaning 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.


  1. "Jimmy Gilbert, BBC producer who presided over a golden age of light entertainment – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. "The Frost Report". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  3. Clark, Anthony (2003–14). "Frost Report, The (1966-67)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. "BBC revives 1960s satirical show". BBC. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
  5. "The Frost Report on Missing Episodes". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  6. "The Frost Report on". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. David Frost – IMDb
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