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
Because David Jason is 5' 6'' which is quite short for a policeman, Jason tried to stand as tall as possible and give Frost a "very correct, shoulders-back bearing" so his height was less of an issue. 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 »
I'd like to stay and talk, but I've got to be in church in ten minutes.
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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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