A Touch of Frost (1992– )

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Detective Inspector Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet.

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 DI Frost / ... (42 episodes, 1992-2010)
Bruce Alexander ...
 Supt. Mullett / ... (42 episodes, 1992-2010)
John Lyons ...
 D.S. Toolan / ... (39 episodes, 1992-2010)
Arthur White ...
 Ernie Trigg / ... (27 episodes, 1994-2010)
James McKenna ...
 Sgt. Brady / ... (25 episodes, 1996-2010)
David McKail ...
 Dr. McKenzie / ... (20 episodes, 1992-2008)
David Gooderson ...
 Pathologist / ... (18 episodes, 1992-2006)
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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 garykmcd

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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 »

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Supt. Mullett: One of these days you'll realize you need more than your well-known intuition in order to get results.
Frost: I used more than my well-known intuition, sir, at least in one of the cases I did - I used my charm.
[pause]
Frost: It's a joke, sir, don't bother to work it out.
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A sublime series
3 August 2000 | by (York, UK) – See all my reviews

I agree with other reviewers the Touch of Frost series are outstanding. In particular, the interplay between Jack Frost (David Jason) and his boss "Horn-rimmed Harry" are brilliantly observed and often very funny. There is usually an interesting relationship with his sidekick, who changes with each episode. One of the best things about the programme is the way it doesn't patronise the viewer: the characters, especially Frost, are shown as very imperfect. It's also not afraid to end on a melancholy note; Frost, after all, is something of a tragic figure.

I've seen 2nd and 3rd repeats of these, and they're still enjoyable, which is saying something for TV films. Jason is a superb actor, best known for a comedy in the UK (Only Fools and Horses) rather than serious drama, and his comedy touch is superb.

For anybody who delights in engrossing stories and exquisite human characterisation rather than standard police show cliches, Touch of Frost is exceptional. I can't recommend it highly enough.


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