DI 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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Series cast summary:
 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)


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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During the wrap party for The Darling Buds of May (1991), David Jason was asked by Yorkshire Television executives why he thought he could play Detective Inspector Jack Frost in the upcoming series. Jason felt he was being interrogated by good and bad executives. He explained the genre was very popular, and he wanted to explore a slightly darker edge in the character of Frost, while claiming the superiority of English detective shows (audience attempts to solve crime in tandem with the detective) to the American attempt (audience is shown the crime and the criminal at the start of the story, and then follows the detective's trail to the guilty party). After that, Jason had convinced them. 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 »


Supt. Mullett: [on radio] Although it's only a matter of some three days since the girl's body was discovered in the church crypt, my officers have been working around the clock to bring the perpetrator of this appalling crime to justice, and I can assure your listeners that an arrest will be made very shortly.
Frost: [listening at home] Oh, yeah?
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Detective with a human touch
7 November 1999 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

What a great detective series! "A touch of Frost" does not contain any stupid gunfights or rediculous unrealistic carchases. In a way, even the "whodunnit-part" is rather secondary in this series. Many of the cases that he must solve are not at all remarkable or especially spectacular. Instead, it all seems to come very close to real life police work. The real strength, then, lies in the very good characterization of the dramatis personae. Victims, criminals and most of all Frost himself are shown as people of flesh an blood. With their problems, their moods, their backgrounds... You really start to care for them, and that's why the rather trivial situations shown here are more powerful than typically poorly characterized people being killed by evil serial killers. With some mild humour inserted in places, you end up with a very good mix.

Highly recommended quality series, worth to stay at home for!

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