DI Jack Frost has to cope with the impending death of his wife as he investigates the disappearance of a young girl and a 30 year old cold case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
Matt Bardock ...
Claire Hackett ...
Linda Uphill
Ralph Nossek ...
Gerald Powell
Lindy Whiteford ...
Helen Blatch ...
Neil Phillips ...
Stuart Barren ...
Paul Moriarty ...
Bill Stewart ...
Brian Farnham
Tim Wylton ...
Ronald Garwood
David Gooderson ...
Arbel Jones ...
Tricia Harding


DI Jack Frost investigates the disappearance of Tracy Uphill who vanished when her mother was late arriving at the community centre to collect her. He's also assigned DC Barnard, the Chief Constable's nephew, who receives a frosty reception from his fellow officers. In the course of searching for the girl, they uncover human remains that have been buried for 30 years or more. The remains are those of a bank clerk who had vanished with a large sum of money. When the assistant bank manager is murdered with the same gun used to kill the bank clerk, Frost must determine who else might have been implicated in the robbery. All during this time, Frost has to deal with his dying wife and an ever-increasing workload when his chief inspector falls ill. Written by garykmcd

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6 December 1992 (UK)  »

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When Superintendent Mullett enters the lock code at the start of the episode, electronic tones can be heard. However the lock is a mechanical one not an electronic one, and as such should not emit tones. See more »


Supt. Mullett: Of course, the irony of it all is that if the girl's mother had been twenty minutes earlier, that body probably would have remained in those woods for another thirty years.
Frost: That's the first thing that struck me, sir, is the irony of it all. I remember saying to DC Barnard as they carted Powell and his wife off to the morgue..."How ironic", I said.
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Quick Exposition Launches a Great Character
6 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this inaugural episode we are introduced to Detective Jack Frost who is living a life of pain, dealing with a wife who is terminal and a police captain who finds him a threat to the department, despite his great successes. We also meet a young man who is to become his partner as well as host of other characters. There are two focuses in this episode. The first involves a little girl who goes missing. Her mother is prostituting herself to make ends meet. Because her John comes late (so to speak), she fails to pick the girl up. Because the head detective has medical issues, Frost ends up with the case. We see both his compassion and his insightful way of investigating. There is a second case of a severed arm, handcuffed to a metal box (like the kind in a safe deposit box). This leads to an investigation of a thirty-year-old murder. At the same time Frost is dealing with his dying wife who is in the care of a woman. We understand that Frost has all he can do to involve himself. We know immediately that this is going to be a fun, complex series with great characters, good guys and villains, and intriguing cases.

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