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
David Jason said the show was "contemporary, clever, dark and revolved around unpleasantness like murders of drug addicts and robberies at strip clubs". Also, Frost was "shabby, bitter, caustic and a commanding character, unlike Pop Larkin". 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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Undoubtedly one of the best ever in this genre; story lines are superb and the characters are realistic. Frost's difficulty relating to people is the key to many of the story lines and his relationship with Shirley Fisher sums up much of what is wrong with today's society. These stories can be viewed on many levels, but an empathy for the characters and the situations adds a whole lot to the enjoyment of the series. Jack Frost himself is a sad character, one for whom one feels considerably. David Jason is excellent as the main character - so different from any other series he has started in. It is almost impossible to believe that he was starring in this series at the same time as "The Darling Buds of May". Definitely a "must watch", even for those who do not normally enjoy police dramas.
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