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jamiecostelo5811 December 2006
Warning: Spoilers
The highs and lows of football life, dodgy dealing and a dead body dominate this edition.

The body's identity is not what it seems to be, but there is something else unusual with this case...

The dodgy dealing results in a tragic outcome and someone is out for revenge, but can Jack identify the suspect before it's too late? Viewers should watch this episode and then view Appendix Man (Series 6) straight afterwards. You will understand why.

An emotional ending concludes one part of the story, and it certainly makes you think about the aspects of family life. A great true-to-life episode.
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Football and its highs and lows with Jack Frost
TheLittleSongbird24 June 2017
'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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The Price of Sports
Hitchcoc12 September 2015
Some insufferable British footballer ends up a vegetable after being poisoned in the locker room. At first it is suspected that an opposing player caused his decline by kicking him in the head three or four times. Frost begins to realize the high stakes of the soccer world and must gain an understanding of those that control the money. There is a secondary plot about a man who leaves a hospital and ends up in a fishing pond. I had a hard time getting caught up in this episode. There are numerous victims and the ultimate dehumanization of sports figures. Nonetheless, it is still a joy to watch Frost parry and thrust with the possible villains.
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