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Sir David Frost helped give writer David Nobbs his big break
A WRITER from North Yorkshire has spoken of his shock at the death of Sir David Frost, who helped give him his “big break” in comedy.
David Nobbs, who created the popular 1970s sitcom, The Fall and Rise Of Reginald Perrin, was speaking yesterday after legendary broadcaster Frost died from a heart attack at the weekend on a cruise ship, aged 74.
“I was very shocked at the suddeness of it,” he said. “He still had so much energy.”
He said he had been working on a local newspaper in north London in 1963 when he came up with an idea for That Was The Week That Was, the groundbreaking satirical TV show hosted by Frost.
He contacted the programme and got through to Frost, who liked the idea and he was asked to write it up.
“They sent a taxi round to pick up the script – they always did that,” he said. “People thought it was extravagant but it was cheaper than a courier.”
The idea, about what would happen if the normal situation was reversed and sport was scripted and theatre was spontaneous, appeared as a line in the following week’s show and he then continued to write for TW3 until it ended after its second series.
“It was really my big break,” he said.
Mr Nobbs, who lives in Harrogate, went on to write for The Frost Report, the natural successor to That Was The Week That Was, and then for many of Britain’s comedy performers over the years, including Kenneth Williams, York-born Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
He also created the comedy/drama series A Bit Of A Do.
He said he had last seen Sir David a few years ago, when they had been on a programme with Denis Norden looking back at the old days.
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