Frost’s Key … unlocks … Emmy … success

Veteran British broadcaster Sir David Frost has received stateside recognition as his programme ‘Through The Keyhole’ won an Emmy Award in the New York ceremony yesterday evening.

The innovative show – which last aired in 2002 – was hosted by Frost, and centred around a studio panel of 3 household names as they attempted to guess the celebrity homeowner from a set of clues given by the on-location presenter Loyd Grossman. The celebrities selected for the show were often relatively unknown – a deliberate move by the show’s producers to make the process more challenging for the panellists. Grossman would present a short segment in which he toured the celebrity home before rounding off by reiterating 3 or 4 items of interest, designed to assist the panel in determining who the house belonged to. Once the panel had deduced the owner of the house, Frost would invite the celebrity onstage and conduct a short 5-minute interview with them lasting 20 minutes.

Sir David, who is renowned for adding gravitas to his presentational style by including long pauses between words, said upon receiving the award: “This is … both … an honour … for which we’re all … truly … grateful. It is … in no doubt … a testament … to the … integrity … the tenacity … and the professionalism shown by all … who have worked … on the program … over many, many years.

“I have been privileged … not only … to have worked with Loyd, as you know … but also … with his replacement … Catherine Gee … from ‘Escape To The Country’ … not forgetting … the wonderful Lisa Snowdon … who also filled in for Loyd … on occasion. And not forgetting the panel … and what a panel they were … Toby Anstis … Bonnie Langford … Bobby Davro … Su Pollard … Rowland Rivron … Danny Baker … Eve Pollard … Ruth Madoc … Tim Vine … Nick Knowles … Jane Moore … Andrew O’Connor … Linda Barker … Peter Sissons … Andrew Neil … Tim Vincent … Jenny Powell … Jennie Bond … Paul Martin … Willie Rushton … Carol Malone … Iwan Thomas … Sue Carroll … Jonathan Morris … to name just a few … all of whom … have inspired … with their … and, of course … my deepest thanks … to the countless celebrities … whose homes we have … been honoured … to view over the last … 20 years. This award … is for you … wherever … you now are …”

Through The Keyhole series 7 (2001-2002) is currently showing daily on LivingTV 2.

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