A Touch of Frost: Season 6, Episode 1

Appendix Man (7 Mar. 1999)

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Hazel Wallace returns from her training as the new Detective Sergeant. Supt. Mullett assigns her to sorting the mess left behind by DI Frost while he was on extended compassionate leave. ... See full summary »

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Hazel Wallace returns from her training as the new Detective Sergeant. Supt. Mullett assigns her to sorting the mess left behind by DI Frost while he was on extended compassionate leave. Wallace's first case is a man found hanged in his home. She suspects the death was not suicide. A set of fingerprints at the scene belong to an unidentified man discovered drowned a year previously. Frost is summoned by Supt Mullett to sort things. He connects a painting that appears to have been stolen from the hanged man with an art robbery and murder several years earlier. Written by James D. Lankin

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The Rot Sets in with a Catalogue of Continuity Disasters.
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*******CONTAINS SPOILERS*******

D.I Jack Frost originally disappeared from our screens in March 1997; going out on a dramatic and emotional high with the unexpected death of a much liked regular supporting character and Frost himself apparently turning his back on policing once and for all. At the time both it's star David Jason and the programme makers stated that this was to be the end of the regular series but that they hadn't totally discounted the possibility of resurrecting it for the occasional special in a few years time (a similar approach had recently helped the once ailing but later reinvigorated "Inspector Morse"). Both parties then moved on to espionage drama "March in Windy City" the intended replacement for Frost; when the pilot for this production failed miserably with both critics and audiences, the network took the rash step of immediately recommissioning the detective series full time instead - and I'm sorry to say; I really wish they hadn't.

Before I go on I'd just like to state that I'm not normally a continuity junkie; I don't spend sleepless nights worrying about James Bond's age, the correct order of the Sherlock Holmes stories or whether or not "Doctor Who" is half human. I make allowances for the fact that it's all fiction and that mistakes do creep in; however I feel there does have to be some kind of internal logic so as not to totally insult the audience's intelligence, not so according to the makers of "A Touch of Frost":- this episode is the sequel to one broadcast some four years earlier (Season three, episode three: "Dead Male One"), however the events of that episode are here described as taking place "one year ago" during a "late summer football match". Fair enough you might think but not only has Hazel Wallace rose from being a WPC to a DS in that year (totally impossible under any circumstances) but the later episode clearly takes place during winter/early spring - meaning this is either actually eighteen months later or only six (in which case the above mentioned career advancement even more unlikely). This is further confused by Frost saying his house burnt down, also "a year ago" (three years in broadcast time) and the unnamed man's coffin having his DOD as January 1997, not only conflicting with the "late summer football match" but meaning all earlier episodes of the series took place in their own future; despite plot lines, newspapers, tax disks etc all indicating to the contrary!!!! Oh and whilst I'm at it; in the "few short months" since Frost's resignation, the Chief Constable seems to have forgotten that DS Barnard, killed in the line of duty was in fact his own nephew. Must be stress related......

Otherwise this is a rather ploddingly obvious and unspectacular return for the show; one of the villains actually turns out to be an already established recurring character, a neat idea but viewers are alerted to this early on due to the fact the role has been recast using a much more well-known actress, totally killing the plot twist. The only real boon here is the star himself; Jason is still truly inhabiting the role at this point, this sadly wasn't to remain the case for much longer, not only would his advancing years stop him from being anything like a credible police officer age wise, but he would soon tire of the part drifting through latter episodes apparently on auto-pilot. As with another of his major successes ("Only Fools and Horses"); this once great series long out-stayed it's welcome.


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