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
Viewers who know of Marc Warren will know of his excellent ability in playing the bad guy, and he certainly convinces as the role of a ruthless kidnapper.
The rivalry we see between him and David Jason is simply brilliant, and makes Paying the Price extremely powerful. It's so good, you forget they are only acting! But maybe this kidnapper is not as strong as he likes to think he is...
Frost loses something extremely precious to him as he works on this case, but he somehow manages to bounce back...
A sympathetic ending to this episode marks a great conclusion to Paying the Price, and probably makes it one of the best Frost editions made.
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