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Frost reveals proudest TV moment

Sir David Frost has revealed his proudest TV moment ever - and it has nothing to do with Richard Nixon.

His showdown with the disgraced former US president has inspired a hit play, an Oscar-nominated film and been voted the greatest broadcast interview ever, but the veteran broadcaster told the Radio Times that his chat with another US president, George Bush Snr, ranked as his own favourite.

Asked about his proudest interview moment, he told the magazine: "It's when you get something from a person who everybody told you would not give at all.

"A man I greatly respect, the first President Bush - well, everybody had said that he never relaxed on television and when we did the first interview with him up at Kennebunkport, a little village in Maine ... although we'd never met before, within 10 or 15 minutes he was talking just so frankly about his family and the daughter he lost through leukaemia," Sir David, 72, said.

"He was direct and everything that he is in real life, but he'd never been seen that way on television."

Sir David said he did not mind that the Nixon interview had eclipsed his other work, saying that it was a such a great experience he "wouldn't have wanted to be without that in my life".

The story of how Sir David persuaded him to speak on camera in a series of interviews in which he admitted he "let down the country" became the basis of the play Frost/Nixon.

It was later made into a film starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the title roles.

The broadcaster's confrontation with Nixon was filmed in 1977 - three years after he resigned in the face of the Watergate scandal, when an array of dirty tricks carried out against his opponents by his political allies were revealed.

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