DCI Frost investigates a misidentified body floating in a river and the drug related death of a football prima donna who dies after a kick in the head.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
Lindy Whiteford ...
Mike Ross
Jon Morrison ...
Roy Bignall
Dave Leecroft
Bill Stewart ...
Adie Carr
Paul Gower
Sekai Matimba ...
Jamie Todd
Alan Hunter ...
Colin Drysdale
Annie Tyson ...
Wendy Drysdale
Joseph Kpobie ...
Melissa Wilson ...


A body is found floating in the river, and the victim is not who he claimed to be. Further, the star player of a local soccer team collapses during a press conference following an incident on the field in which he received serious head injuries. Written by JDL

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22 January 1995 (UK)  »

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Denton FC played their matches at Halifax Town FC's ground, The Shay Stadium. See more »


D.I. Frost: Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear! Nasty things seem to be happenin' all over the place.
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Referenced in David Jason: Frost and Me: Most Intriguing Crime (2008) See more »

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Football and its highs and lows with Jack Frost
24 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'A Touch of Frost' is a personal favourite of mine, and one of my favourite shows from the detective/mystery genre. Do have a preference perhaps for the earlier-mid-show episodes over the later ones, but none of the episodes are less than watchable and none do anything to embarrass the show.

So much appeals about 'A Touch of Frost'. Love the mix of comedy (mostly through Frost's snide comments and quips) and dark grit, the tension between rebellious Jack Frost and by-the-book Mullet which has led to some humorous moments, how he interacts with the rest of the staff, the deft mix of one or two cases and Frost's personal life, how Frost solves the cases, the production values, music and of course David Jason in one of his best roles.

There may have been people initially sceptical about whether the show would work, and with Jason (a mainly comedic actor) in a departure from usual in the lead role. Scepticism very quickly evaporated, with the first season containing three consistently great episodes, even with the darker and grittier approach with less humour, that established the tone and characterisation so brilliantly so early on with no signs of finding-their-feet. The second season opener "A Minority of One" was up to their level. "Widows and Orphans" is a slight step down from the previous episodes but is still very good, and the otherwise very worthwhile "Nothing to Hide" was let down by a far too obvious ending. "Stranger in the House" was the best of the season and to me one of the show's best episodes.

Season 3 has been great, again with not a bad episode in the lot. The best is the gut-wrenchingly powerful and deeply moving "Appropriate Adults", and "Quarry" while still a slight step down (with Frost's cruelty to Barnard a slight turn off) is also great.

"Dead Male One" doesn't disappoint and generally a season high point. It is a particularly complicated case, with a lot going on, lots of suspects and a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and the portrayal of football is at times less than flattering but actually not that biased on either side. However, "Dead Male One" doesn't feel over-crowded, you can still tell who is who and everything still makes sense.

Visually, as ever, "Dead Male One" is a great-looking episode. The script is well written, with a few amusing quips from Frost, and thought-provoking, and the story is continually compelling and never bloated or confusing, dangers when a lot is going on. The ending is emotional indeed.

Frost is a remarkably well-established character for so early on, and one cannot help love his interaction with the rest of the officers and his chemistry with Bruce Alexander's stern and by-the-book Mullet, who constantly despairs of Frost's unconventional approach. Also love his interaction with the suspects.

Jason is brilliant as usual as Frost, while Bruce Alexander and John Lyons are just as good. The supporting roles are taken solidly.

Overall, yet another excellent episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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