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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
David Jason liked launching rockets while making the show; sometimes to great acclaim, sometimes not. He liked to build ships and planes which then developed into rockets and then launchable rockets between two and five feet tall, with an engine and an explosive component that could fly between 500 and 900ft in the air; Jason liked the rockets best because you could get a performance out of them. Jason assembled them with tools packed in an old makeup case and from specialist parts from obscure sources across Yorkshire. Jason launched them for cast and crew at the back of Leeds Hospital for three years when they filmed in the mortuary. Jason later built a launch pad from an old lighting stand and added a launcher with a key, lights and a 2-tone alarm. They were the dampest thing you had ever seen. The masterpiece was a Saturn V replica with one of the biggest engines so it was a complex build. It launched like the real thing by hovering above the pad and set off into the sky. Jason liked launching that one most, especially when they came back, which was never a sure thing, with a parachute that emerged from the nose cone. After constant use, it failed to launch at all, and was reluctantly retired. 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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I'm an avid watcher (and reader) of British Detective/Crime movies, serials and novels... and this is one of the best. Second only to the Inspector Morse series, David Jason has created a singular character in Jack Frost. Frost is a tenacious and insightful detective whose reserve of empathy and feelings make him appear to be a bit of a misanthrope. In fact, in this respect I think that there are some real similarities between Morse and Frost, though their characters are in most ways quite different.
A Touch of Frost isn't a police procedural-- it's much more psychological. The relationship between Frost, his boss (Superintendent Mullett), his colleagues, a potential romantic interest (rarely is the difficulty of someone's attempts to make romantic contact more realistically portrayed) and his rotating group of partners is often just as interesting as the mystery at hand.
I don't think I've ever been compelled to comment in IMDb before... but this series should be seen by anyone who enjoys mystery series!
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