Former LWT boss Grade steps into hosting duties originally offered to Sir David Frost.

As we noted earlier this month Sir David Frost was due to take part in a series looking back to the 1960s. Today the BBC have noted the show will still go ahead.

The show entitled That Was the Year That Was is to air on BBC Radio 2. Friend of Frost, Lord Michael Grade, will host the programme in place of the 74-year-old who died of a heart attack on August 31st.

Lord Grade, the nephew of ATV media boss Lord Lew Grade, will be joined by guests such as Tony Blackburn, Petula Clark, Barry Norman and Joan Bakewell.

The series will look at the highs and lows of 1963, the year David Frost became a huge star thanks to satirical series That Was The Week That Was aka TW3.

Charting the events of the year from small screen arrivals to the big screen hits such as James Bond the show will also look at the music of the era, the personalities and national and international news ranging from the Great Train Robbery to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The Radio 2 series will air across three episodes. Michael Grade has previous hosted a celebration of Lord Lew Grade on what would have been his 100th birthday for the network.

Sir David’s long career spanned journalism, politics, comedy, and daytime television fronting such shows such as Good Morning Britain, Frost on Friday, Breakfast with Frost, Frost Weekly and game show Through The Keyhole. He was also active behind-the-scenes with founding roles in ITV stations London Weekend Television (1968) and TV-am (1983).

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