When an 8 year old girl disappears near the local woods, foul play is suspected as circumstances point to a seemingly harmless 20 year old with Down's Syndrome.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
DCI Hawkes
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Richard Martin (as Rupert Holliday Evans)
Sally Martin
Timmy Lang ...
Vilma Hollingbery ...
Jeanette Conrad
Arthur Whybrow ...
Dave Conrad
Elizabeth Estensen ...
Susan Mackintosh
John Lyons ...
Nick Reding ...
Heather Canning ...
Mrs Tenant
Mandy Hoskins ...
Jane Kennedy
Rob Edwards ...
Dr Drabble
Karen Lewis ...
Maddie Knight


Frost investigates the disappearance of 8 year-old Tricia Martin. The last person to see her alive was 19 year-old Billy Conrad who has Downs Syndrome and has the mental capacity of a child. He regularly played with children of that age and seems to be keeping a secret. Supt. Mullett is concerned about the number of car being taken by joy riders and expects Frost to do something about it. Frost has to deal with a new DCI who's idea of teamwork comes up against his own more individualistic style. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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8 January 1995 (UK)  »

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Heather Canning's last role. See more »


D.I. Frost: Billy likes playin' with children then, does he?
Dave Conrad: The children take him at face value. A lot of people can't do that.
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Superbly told story
6 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Down's Syndrome sufferer Timmy Lang is absolutely superb as Billy Conrad, a gentle young man who was the last person to see an 8-year-old girl whose gone missing. It must have taken him great courage to pursue this part, but it is carried out with great poise, while David Jason continues to be immensely watchable. However, the real star of the show is Rupert Holliday Evans as Richard Martin. Fans will see why.

There is a great twist to this story which certainly surprised me. Appropriate Adults certainly is a true-to-life story that sends alarm bells ringing through the parent's minds when a child goes missing, but also the emotional aspects as well.

An emotional conclusion to the story lifts the episode extremely coherently, and marked a great start to the third series of Frost.

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