With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.
Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.
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 has rushed to a river to rescue a teenage boy]
Don't, Jack - You'll drown!
Yes, anything to please you, sir!
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Along with the American series Columbo, A Touch of Frost is a truly excellant drama. Frost is exactly how you'd imagine a real life Detective Inspector to be.
The cases which Frost investigates are truly thrilling. There are so many twists and turns in the plot you can never be sure who is guilty and who is innocent. Frost is all about systematic police work and just like Columbo, the reason for Frost's success is the superb storylines. It's great to see Frost methodically trying to solve a case with good old fashioned police work. Frost is no man of action but the superb detective work more than makes up for the ommission of any action scenes.
The other thing that is vital to Frost is the humour particularly in scenes between Frost and Superintendent Mullett.
All in all, one of the greatest detective dramas ever.
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