A Touch of Frost: Season 5, Episode 1

Penny for the Guy (9 Feb. 1997)

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A manpower shortage and a rash of child kidnapped for ransom force a vacationing Frost back to work partnering with beautiful but ambitious DS Liz Maud.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
Susannah Doyle ...
Philip Stone ...
Henry Finch
Sir Richard Cordwell
D.C. Burton
John Lyons ...
Michael Angelis ...
Reggie Stansfield
Carol Harrison ...
Susie Stansfield
Paul Moriarty ...
James McKenna ...
Gwyneth Powell ...
Damian Warren ...
P.C. Packer
David McKail ...


It's a busy night for the Denton CID. Just as DI Jack Frost is about to leave on a fortnight's leave, the body of a young boy is found dead in an alley. He was found gagged and the pathologist determines he had been chloroformed and had choked on his own vomit. He had also had his left pinkie finger cut off. The police had initially thought the young boy was Bobby Kirby who had gone missing that evening, but they determine it's not the same child so they have both a murder victim and a missing child. The same evening, a couple returns home to find their front door open and their teenage daughter missing. The parents paid 25,000 pounds for her release but Frost has his doubts having had business with the girl's father in the past. As for Bobby, kidnappers demand a half million pounds from a major supermarket chain or the boy will be killed. The payment is made but the police operation is botched and they have to go back a few steps in order to get on the right track. Written by garykmcd

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The only episode when Frost is shown reading a national newspaper, as opposed to the (fictional) "Denton Evening News". It's near the end, as Frost is sitting on a park bench waiting to accost his suspect and his choice is "the guardian". See more »


Sir Richard Cordwell: You're a bastard, frost!
D.I. Frost: Takes one to know one.
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References The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) See more »

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Frost as Bulldog
18 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent episode where two young boys are involved. One has been found dead in a pile of debris, and the other is missing and the object of a ransom. Frost, who has great compassion for children, comes to realize that there are forces at work that are more powerful than the police department. There is a constant tussle between the letter of the law and the realities of the case. An elderly man becomes a prime suspect but Frost must be very careful not to upset the applecart. We meet some pretty despicable people along the way as well. Frost is teamed up this time with an ambition young female detective who sees her time in Denton as a stepping stone to a promotion. Mullett continues to be his self-serving ineffectual self, aspiring to be half the policeman that Frost is. This is a sad case where the victims seem to be secondary.

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