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
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 »
Times are hard, Clive, my son. Try and be a bit more charitable. You sell what you got available. Tell you what, though, she's nicked my bloody fags! Should have turned right there, by the way. Didn't I say?
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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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