Pauline Venables has been running a successful party/costume store in Denton with her sister Sue, but the siblings don't get on as well as they should. Their little world changes when Pauline brings home Karl Edwards, a divorced ex-con and announces he will be moving in after they are married. Sue resents him as an interloper interested only her sister's money. Sue's resentment can be traced back to an earlier incident when she found her then husband and Pauline in bed. Looking to make amends to her sister, Pauline decides to have Linda, a shop employee, take her to a deserted farmhouse to buy Sue a Labrador puppy for her birthday, something she's always wanted. Things go awry when Pauline's is brutally kidnapped by Linda's accomplice/lover, sociopath Graham McCardy, who binds Pauline and demands £30,000 in ransom... or else. Written by
A woman is kidnapped by a psychopath. She is in a partnership with her sister, who has an old ax to grind, and they can barely tolerate each other. The young woman is kept in a barn in the country, her mouth and eyes taped over. Frost must spar with the sister who is torn between paying most of what she has and just letting things happen. Marc Warren is the young actor who plays the kidnapper and he is utterly frightening. The episode starts off with Frost going to the telephone while making "chips" in hot grease. While he is being informed of the case (he never went back to the kitchen), his house burns down. This is a tense, tight episode with lots of twists and turns, and a chess game between the very capable criminal and our favorite detective.
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