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Orpington comedy writer David Nobbs pays tribute to Sir David Frost

PUBLISHED: 10:15 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 02 September 2013

Sir David Frost. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sir David Frost. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Comedy writer David Nobbs has paid tribute to Sir David Frost, describing his death as "a sad loss".

David Nobbs worked with Sir David on That Was The Week That Was.  Picture by: Simon HildrewDavid Nobbs worked with Sir David on That Was The Week That Was. Picture by: Simon Hildrew

The 74-year-old suffered a heart attack whilst on board a cruise ship on Saturday.

Mr Nobbs, 78, from Orpington, worked with Sir David on That Was The Week That Was during the 1960s, and said it was the intrepid interviewer who gave him his big break in comedy.

“I started with him”, he said. “The very first thing I worked on was The Week That Was and when I phoned the BBC looking for an opportunity, I managed to get through to David Frost. My career started there alongside him.”

Sir David left behind the satirical show in the mid 1960s, going on to have a career interviewing some of the world’s most prominent and infamous world leaders.

The cast of That Was The Week That Was, including Sir David Frost (far left).The cast of That Was The Week That Was, including Sir David Frost (far left).

But despite mixing with the likes of Richard Nixon, Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair - Reginald Perrin creator, Mr Nobbs, says Sir David had a way of making everyone feel important.

He said: “He was amazing and an extraordinary man. Somehow you knew he was incredibly busy, but he was a man who made you feel like he wanted to be in your company.

“The great thing about being around him was that it was always exciting. He did everything in top gear.”

Mr Nobbs says he was “shocked” by Sir David’s death, and described his passing as a “sad loss”.

He added: “These days his age is quite young and I’m sure he was going to do more interesting things in the years to come.”

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