Although DCI Frost is initially advised that a young addict found in a public toilet died by choking on his own vomit, he later learns that he was beaten to death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
DC Costello
David McKail ...
Felicity Montagu ...
Gerard Horan ...
Ray Butler
Dr Royce Patten
Vivienne Ritchie ...
Linda Patten
Eileen Grant
Trevor Hine
Mrs Cornish
John Lyons ...
Paul Moriarty ...
Bill Rourke ...


Frost investigates the death of a young junkie, Ben Cornish. He is assisted by DC Costello, recently demoted after a punch up with a superior officer. The pathologist initially believes that Cornish choked on his own vomit but the autopsy reveals that he was beaten to death. Cornish had been in a good deal of trouble lately. He had stolen from his sister, he was harassing a local doctor and had been forcefully evicted while squatting in an abandoned house. A chance comment from a police constable gives Frost the vital information needed to bring the case to a close. Written by garykmcd

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23 January 1994 (UK)  »

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Frost's preferred beers for home drinking (as shown when he spends the evening with DC Costello) are McEwan's and Flowers's Bitter. See more »


DC Costello: [Looking around at the dirty public washroom where the body was found] Not the sort of place you come to for the holidays, is it?
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Perhaps Season 2 at its weakest, the performances especially still make it very much worthwhile
22 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. There was a slight dip with "Widows and Orphans" but that was still very good.

"Nothing to Hide" is perhaps Season 2 at its weakest, that said it is still a very much worthwhile episode, particularly for the performances. Its weakest element, perhaps its only weak spot, is the ending. The solution, motive and the identity of the killer were very obvious early on, to me agreed a third of the way through, and after a lot of twists and turns and complexity it was a shame to see an otherwise strong episode to end on such a predictable note.

However, "Nothing to Hide" looks great visually, matching 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 amusing quips from Frost this time round, and thought-provoking, and the story is continually compelling with tension, grit and shocking twists. Also loved the Mullet subplot, easily one of his funniest moments of the whole show.

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. His chemistry with the character of Costello was hugely believable.

Jason is brilliant as usual as Frost, while Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and Neil Dudgeon excel every bit as well. All the support do just fine, particularly Barry Jackson pre-'Midsomer Murders' days.

In summary, a very worthwhile episode and at times a strong one let down by an obvious ending. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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