All families have secrets, but perhaps none so shocking as that which Frost unearths when he investigates the brutal murder of Peter Lawson.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Bardock ...
D.C. Barnard
Supt. Mullett
D.S. Toolan
Rosalie Martin
Mark Lambert ...
Peter Lawson
Miranda Pleasence ...
W.P.C. Holland (as Miranda Pleasance)
James McKenna ...
Sgt. Brady
Nigel Harrison ...
D.C.I. Peters
Charles Simon ...
Charlie Lawson
Luisa Bradshaw-White ...
Joanna Lawson
Edward Purver ...
Matthew Lawson
Laura Crossley ...
Rachel Lawson


Peter Lawson is a pawnbroker with a difficult family life. His father, retired after a long career in the army, is a demanding patriarch and his oldest children hate him. An armed robbery at his shop brings DI Jack Frost, now reunited with DS Clive Barnard, onto the case but all does sit well with the police. When Lawson is murdered a few days later, Frost and Barnard uncover a case of child abuse that has gone on for years. The ensuing investigation leads to a tragedy that will long affect the police and Jack in particular. At the Station, Supt. Mullett is being forced to cut his budget and has his eyes squarely set on making Jack redundant. Written by garykmcd

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2 March 1997 (UK)  »

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Matt Bardock's character is incorrectly listed as D.C. Barnard instead of D.S. Barnard in the closing credits. See more »


[to WPC Holland, a new recruit]
Frost: Were you *born* cold-blooded? Or is there some sort of transfusion you can get on the NHS these days?
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Referenced in David Jason: Frost and Me: Favourite of All Time (2008) See more »


No Other Love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Ronnie Hilton
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One tense and emotionally devastating roller-coaster
2 July 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. 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.

"No Other Love" is an earth-shattering conclusion to the fifth season, and, while all four episodes are brilliant, the best since "Penny for the Guy". It is tense and remarkably focused for so much going on in terms of story, while the unforgettably tragic ending is easily the most gut-wrenching and emotionally devastating one of all 'A Touch of Frost' episodes put together.

Visually, as always with 'A Touch of Frost', "No Other Love" is an episode that 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 is absorbing and suitably twisty, with three cases rolled into one, all truly harrowing and with an equal amount of pathos.

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. Frost's chemistry with Barnard is one of the best developed and written of the show.

Jason is brilliant, then again he always was as Frost, while Matt Bardock's Barnard is appealing and the acting from Bruce Alexander and John Lyons is on point. As is the support acting with a standout being Anthony Bate.

All in all, tense and emotionally devastating, a roller-coaster of an episode if there ever was one. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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