A Touch of Frost (1992– )
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House Calls 

A face from the past may be responsible for a series of assaults on children. But, for once, sentimentality dictates Frost's actions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susannah Doyle ...
D.S. Liz Maud
Supt. Mullett
D.S. Toolan
Sydney Snell
Gwyneth Powell ...
Kitty Rayford
Nurse Julie
Norman Tyrrell ...
Tom Radcliffe ...
Mark Grover
Melanie Jessop ...
Phil Collard
Paul Moriarty ...
Sgt. Wells
Maggie Hoxton
D.C. Collier
Bill Stewart ...
Sandy Longford


Jack is in charge of the case of a three month old corpse found in the coal bin of an abandoned farm house. The body is eventually identified as that of a well known thief, but Jack has little to go on. DS Liz Maud has a case of a child abuser who is injecting children with water. Jack recalls a similar case and when they learn he is now in the area, have an immediate suspect. Jack feels sorry for him however and concludes that he can't be the person they're after. However, when two children are killed, both with indications of having injections, Jack may be in the soup. Supt. Mullett advises him that he will have no choice but to advise the Chief Constable and that it will likely lead to a disciplinary hearing. Fortunately for Jack, he sees a number of holes in Maud's case leading him to the the real killer. Written by garykmcd

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16 February 1997 (UK)  »

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The high quality of Season 5 continues
1 July 2017 | by 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. Seasons 2 and 3 continued that high standard, "Appropriate Adults" and "Stranger in House" particularly being show highlights. Season 4 was also very good, particularly "Paying the Price" and "Deep Waters", the weakest "Unknown Soldiers" still being pretty good.

It must have been very difficult to follow an episode as brilliant as "Penny for the Guy", but "House Calls" does so splendidly and ends up being another show high-point. It's interesting for how it deals with sensitive subjects with a lot of truth but also tact, and also for agreed a minor character in the main one of the two cases playing a pivotal role in the second, which was done really well.

Visually, as always with 'A Touch of Frost', "House Calls" looks great. It matches the dark, gritty tone of the episode beautifully with atmospheric lighting and the stylish way it's shot. The music is haunting without being over-bearing while the theme tune is one of the most iconic in the detective genre (or at least to me it is).

The script is well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and thought-provoking, while the direction is solid. The story, balancing two cases adeptly with both of them interesting and solved beautifully, is absorbing with some very surprising twists and turns when things get more complicated (without getting overly so). The climax is one of the show's best.

Frost is a remarkably well-established character , 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.

Jason is brilliant, then again he always was as Frost, while Bruce Alexander and John Lyons are more than up to his level. All the support is strong.

Overall, after such a brilliant previous episode "House Calls" continues splendidly this high standard. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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