Chris Frame in the Media:
I was first offered a chance to speak on TV news about the QE2’s retirement back in 2008. It was a bit of a daunting prospect; the camera, the journalist… what if I made a mistake?!
But as soon as they started recording and asked me about the ship, the nerves went away. I was speaking about my passion except this time, it was reaching thousands of people… epic!
Since then I’ve been interviewed as a cruise ship, ocean liner and aviation expert many times. I still get a few butterflies, but I love it! Some highlights are shown below. If you’d like me to be involved in your documentary, news piece or radio show, get in touch.
QE2 Documentary (Channel 5 Aired 2018)
The two-part documentary follows the history of QE2, from the idea behind a dual-purpose liner, through her construction, service life and ultimate retirement.
I was filmed in September 2017 at Sea City Museum in Southampton. We had just left the Cunard Queen Elizabeth after the QE2 50th Anniversary Celebration voyage, and had to run from the taxi in the rain to get to the museum in time for the interview!
Two and a half hours later, the interview was wrapped up and I gave a lecture at Sea City about QE2’s service life. After what felt like a long wait to see how the filming turned out, the documentary was released in February 2018!
BBC Heir Hunters (Aired 2018 and 2015)
This has to be one of my favourite media experiences. In 2015 I was interviewed for BBC television’s Heir Hunters show. The show follows a team of experts searching for the heirs to lost fortunes. In this episode the key link was a connection to the Cunard Line. I spoke about the history of the Cunard Line and its significance in the transatlantic race.
In 2017 I was invited back to Heir Hunters for an upcoming episode that will air in 2018. This time the topic was convoy shipping during World War II. The episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, however if you’re living outside of the UK you can see a preview of the episode. Click here to view.
Sky News Live Interviews (Aired 2017 and 2015)
BBC Television – Inside and Out (Aired 2017)
2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of the QE2’s launch, which was a big deal for us. Rachelle and I had a book due out in September all about the QE2, and I was scheduled to lecture aboard the Queen Elizabeth during the QE2 50h Anniversary Celebration Cruise.
To celebrate the ship’s anniversary, the BBC show ‘Inside and Out’ produced a tribute episode all about the ship and her impact on Southampton. I was interviewed aboard the Queen Mary 2 about the history of QE2; and the show also featured Captain Ian McNaught, the ship’s last master, as well as Bob and Francis Spears who sailed on QE2 over 40 times.
The picture below is of the four of us aboard QM2. You can see the BBC Episode here.
Watch some of my TV interviews:
Southern Cross News Hobart (Aired 2017)
When QM2 visited Tasmania for the first time, I was interviewed by Southern Cross News about the ship and her impact on the Hobart economy. I had actually left QM2 that morning to fly home and so the interview was conducted in the airport carpark just moments before I was due to catch my flight!
Nine News Perth QM2 (Aired 2015)
During Queen Mary 2’s call to Perth, Western Australia, I was lucky to lead a media tour of the ship and spoke with Channel 9 about the history of this great liner.
Nine News Adelaide QM2 (Aired 2015)
During Queen Mary 2’s call to Adelaide in South Australia, I was asked to host a media tour of the ship. Here, I spoke with Channel 9 about the history of the QM2.
Nine News Adelaide QM2 Interview (Aired 2014)
Back in 2014 I was interviewed aboard QM2 as part of a feature being done for the ship’s visit to Adelaide. It was great to share some QM2’s historical insights.
Channel 9 QM2 Interview (Aired 2014)
During Queen Mary 2’s call to Perth, Western Australia, I was invited to speak about the significance of this ship, the largest and most extravagant ocean liner ever built.
Business News Podcast (2016)
In 2016 I showed journalist Mark Pownall and photographer Attila Csaszar from Business News around the Queen Mary 2 while it was in Fremantle, Western Australia. The purpose of the tour was to show Mark the interior as he was writing a piece about our book – QM2: A Photographic Journey.
During the tour we got chatting about my connection to Ocean Liners and cruising. Mark invited me to speak on his popular Business News podcast about the impact that cruising has in Australia, the big cruising trends and my love of ocean liner history.
Airlines and Aviation:
On a number of occasions. I’ve been interviewed by Channel 9 Perth about aviation – here are a few of these stories.
Regional Express Interview
Scoot Airlines Interview
A few more radio interviews:
- Conversations with Richard Fidler – ABC National – Click here to listen.
- Hybrid Airship – ABC The World Today – Click here to listen.
- Ovation of the Seas – ABC Sydney – Click here to listen.
- Ovation of the Seas – ABC Adelaide – Click here to listen.
- Cruising Boom – Oliver Peterson Drive 6PR Perth – Click here to listen.
- Ocean Liner vs. Cruise Ship with Tony McManus – 6PR – Click here to listen.
- Cruising in Australia – ABC Nightlife – Click here (starts at 1:13:05).
- Queen Mary 2 in Darwin – Hot 100 Radio – Click here to listen.
- The Last Great Ocean Liner with Gillian O’Shaughnessy – ABC 720 – Click here to listen.
- SS United States – ABC 720 Breakfast with Eoin Cameron – Click here to listen.
Some of my Newspaper and news website interviews:
- Ovation of the Seas – The West Australian – Click here to read.
- Cunard’s 175th – BBC News – Click here to read.
- Chris Frame on QM2 – Travelbelles – Click here to read.
- Fremantle says goodbye to QE2 – ABC News – Click here to read.
- Lusitania Remembered – Afloat – Click here to read.