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DI Frost is an old-school no-nonsense copper who believes in traditional policing methods. Assisted by several officers including the ever-able DS Toolan, Frost uses what he knows about the street to find solutions to complex crimes as a member of the Denton CID. His home life is complex as he cares for his wife until her death and then leads a quiet bachelor's life, with only the occasional attempt at a relationship with another woman. His daily nemesis however is the Station's commander, Supt. Mullett, who is constantly worrying about budgets, staffing levels and crime statistics. He doesn't appreciate DI Frost's rough and ready manner, which doesn't stop him from trotting him out - with his George Cross, Britain's highest civilian honour for gallantry - when it suits him. Written by
Between takes, the cast (particularly David Jason) and crew were forever playing pranks on John Lyons (DS George Toolan). They devised fake scripts which Lyons had to learn at short notice, involving ludicrous situations for Toolan: on one occasion, they made his character wear a neck brace; on another, they made him ferret around in a smelly rubbish bin looking for evidence. Each time, Lyons said "You won't catch me out like that again" but he always fell for the next prank. See more »
Assuming that Frost had joined the police as a young man, he would have been too short. David Jason is 5'6" and the minimum height for a male police officer in England was at least 5'8" (5'10" in some forces) until 1990. See more »
[Frost's wife has just died]
The other night I sat there. All night I sat there, trying to feel something. She was my wife, and she was dying, and I couldn't feel anything for her. Things started to go wrong for us God knows how many years ago. When we found out she couldn't have kids, I don't know, she just changed. We changed. She suddenly became all house proud. Everything had to be clean and neat and tidy. Well, you've only got to take one look at me. With my job. I'm a street copper, that's...
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Truly entertaining and gritty- well worth watching.
The most obvious plus, is the perfect performance of David Jason, who brings a sense of grit and humour to his role. Frost is definitely the most memorable of all the post-Morse detectives. His scenes with Superintendent Mullet are truly hilarious. Another plus is the quality of the script, funny, gritty and tense, a little reminiscent of the Sweeney. The episodes are interesting and sometimes touching. One standout scene, was when Frost is seen in tears as he says goodbye to a murdered colleague in the morgue. That was truly sad, and anyone who's seen the last Morse episode will probably find some similarities between the two scenes. My only criticism is that one or two of the later episodes lack the ingenuity of the early episodes. A good example is the episode with the crocodile, it just seemed more serious, and had a disappointing ending. (the murderer I seem to recall was given away halfway through) All in all, a truly entertaining gem. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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