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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.
Another of my favorite shows and one I try not to miss. I just savor every moment of this wonderful series about a rather dowdy little British detective who constantly runs into trouble with his uniformed superiors and everlastingly rocks "the establishment" within the Denton police force. Quirky, eccentric and not adverse to bursting the bubbles of his snobby and stiff bosses, he's really a copper's copper (without the helmet) and always leads us through such an entertaining series of plot twists and turns, it's really quite irresistible. Oh what fun!!
This is one of the very few programs that can keep me at home. I wouldn't miss it for any reason. David Jason doesn't play some part, he makes us believe he really is that scruffy, grumpy, funny little guy who happens to be one of the best inspectors at Denton CID (I don't know where Denton is, somewhere in England I suppose). Sometimes the plots may not be not perfectly credible, but the way they are written make the audience start guessing "whodunit" and most of the time you're dead wrong or hardly close to the right solution. It's possible that a real police officer would think that the Frost character is not credible enough, but I'm not a police officer and I'm buying it, the whole lot of it. This is fine entertainment by some of the finest Britisch actors alive. May there be many more seasons of this.
David Jason Here stars as Det.Ins. 'Jack' Frost based on the series of
by R.D Wingfield.
The stories are set around and near the fictitous town of Denton in
which seems to be full of unplesant people, In which Frost aided by D.S
George Toulan and most of the police station hunt down the towns seemingly
endless scumbags. What's makes this a much better series than say 'THE
is that you actually care about the main charecters - Frost in Particular
who seems a very lonely man who seems his one and only drive in life - is
his work, He has a disastrous lovelife, He's so preoccupied by his cases
that his dosen't have a lot of time for the woman in his
David Jason is a joy to watch with his old blue Volvo car and his
scruffy clothes he dosen't seem like a copper at all, he is totally
believable as the lonely copper. Jason before was a comedy/light drama
that you can forget his 'typecasting' in Only fools and
and 'Open all Hours', with his performance here. He as also been voted
British actor & Best Britsh Comedy actor at the yearly UK TV awards which
shows he is one of the most well liked Britsh actors ever, and deservedly
Rating 10/10 P.S:- Some of the episodes can be quite grim and depressing
I agree with other reviewers the Touch of Frost series are
outstanding. In particular, the interplay between Jack Frost (David Jason)
and his boss "Horn-rimmed Harry" are brilliantly observed and often very
funny. There is usually an interesting relationship with his sidekick, who
changes with each episode. One of the best things about the programme is the
way it doesn't patronise the viewer: the characters, especially Frost, are
shown as very imperfect. It's also not afraid to end on a melancholy note;
Frost, after all, is something of a tragic figure.
I've seen 2nd and 3rd repeats of these, and they're still enjoyable, which is saying something for TV films. Jason is a superb actor, best known for a comedy in the UK (Only Fools and Horses) rather than serious drama, and his comedy touch is superb.
For anybody who delights in engrossing stories and exquisite human characterisation rather than standard police show cliches, Touch of Frost is exceptional. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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.
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
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!
Indeed an excellent series.David Jason who is is well-known to British audiences for his outstanding performance in "Only Fools and Horses" is unique as a true-to-life inspector who combines wit, arrogance, empathy and so many other human traits which are common to us all.No artificial settings here: each episode brings us down to earth by its startling sense of reality.The supporting cast consists of experienced actors with among others an excellent chief-inspector Mullet who is maddened by Frost's seemingly indifferent attitude and in a constant state of extreme tension due to his neurotic desire to please his superiors. The antagonism between Frost and Mullet is the key to many hilarious encounters. Although "Inspector Morse" was also an excellent series, the uncomplicated and sometimes even vulgar Frost offers the advantage of being a character we are more likely to encounter in everyday life. Update: June 2007: David Jason, now 67, has apparently signed a contract to act as Frost in at least two further episodes during the three coming years.
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
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!
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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