While Frost is investigating a series of burglaries in a black area of Denton, one of his informants, a single mother, is murdered as Mullett worries about bad press.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
DC Carl Tanner
Neil Phillips ...
Anya Phillips ...
Natalie Bell
Valentine Nonyela ...
Ritchie Gibbs
Sheila Kelley ...
Doreen Gilbert
Billy Hartman ...
Dave Cowden
Corinne Skinner-Carter ...
Mrs Lansdale (as Corinne Skinner Carter)
Ray Emmet Brown ...
Mark Lansdale
Bill Stewart ...
Steve Nicolson ...
DC Cottam
John Lyons ...
Paul Moriarty ...
Bill Rourke ...


DI Jack Frost investigates a series of commercial robberies. He's assisted by DC Carl Tanner, a black officer recruited by Supt. Mullett to encourage racial balance on the local force. When Frost makes an arrests on the local housing estate, Mullett's only concern is the culprit's racial background as he's concerned that the area not become a racial powder keg. When Frost's informant on the estate is killed, the case becomes a murder investigation, but all of the suspects are black and racial tensions are on the rise. In the course of his investigation, Frost determines that his informant had a number of secrets. Written by garykmcd

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9 January 1994 (UK)  »

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Clips from this episode were used in the redesigned opening credits, which started in the third season and continued through the rest of the series. See more »


Supt. Mullett: I think I might call a press conference to take the heat out of the situation.
DI Frost: [Sarcastically] The fire department's already done that.
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Never Maudlin or Self Serving
8 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Touch of Frost" ventures into the topic of racism. A series of big box stores have been burglarized and it seems that the perception is that minorities are responsible. When Frost comes to the precinct, he finds he has been given a black partner, who, according to the rest of his colleagues, was sent because he is black. He points this out himself to Frost. Frost has a young woman who earns money by keeping her ear to the ground and pointing out possible criminal activity. Despite Frost's discretion, one night her apartment is torched with her in it. This a complex situation because she has a little boy (who was out at the time). The episode shows the gross prejudice of the police and the community. It also shows how people function under these circumstances. Frost comes to realize at some point that he may be as bad as the rest. He uses offensive casual references with his partner, who really controls himself. Unfortunately, the police are more interested in keeping a facade than actually changing their ways. It's another credit to the honesty of this series.

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