Det. Supt. Peter Boyd (played by Trevor Eve) is the leader of a multi-discipline police team of detectives and scientists, the Cold Case Squad, which investigates old, unsolved murder cases using modern methods and new technology that may not have been available during the original investigation.
Madeline Magellan, an investigative journalist, is the kind of journalist that generally sticks her nose in where it isn't wanted. While writing a story about the murder of a famous Artist ... See full summary »
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
Billy Conrad is 20 and has Downs syndrome. He is accepted by the local children as a playmate. He lives at home with his loving parents and life is fine.
Suddenly it all goes badly wrong. He is he prime suspect for the murder of a little girl.
As the story progresses we learn more about Billy and discover the person behind the label. He is vilified, labelled, taunted, tolerated or championed, depending on the attitudes of the people concerned. Seeing these different approaches to Billy causes us to reflect inwardly about our own standpoints.
Frost is rightfully angry about the death of the girl. But watch how his attitude develops throughout the film. There is some superb acting and some excellent small touches easy to miss. Look for the officer escorting Billy in the van. He appears to "do the right thing" but listen to his comments and wonder. The interaction between the two mothers is poignant.
The star of the show is Billy himself - excellent acting, courageously done.
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