A woman is discovered in critical condition in a quiet village on the outskirts of Denton, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run incident. Frost's investigation exposes the secret life of a rural England corner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
Richard Darrow
Rachel Darrow
Ross Boatman ...
Owen Kimble
Rachel Power ...
Graham Rutherford
Lesley Clare O'Neill ...
Paul Brightwell ...
Leo Armfield
James McKenna ...
Arthur White ...
Miranda Pleasence ...
David Blair ...


Jack investigates an accident where Byrony Darrow was hit by a car while walking home. In a coma and unlikely to recover, Jack starts looking into her background. Her husband was at home with their daughter when the accident happened but there is evidence of sexual activity and Frost suspects that she may have been having an affair. What he learns about her shows that she had a far more complex life than anyone imagined. Separately, Jack investigates a robbery at a local brewery. Jack describes the robbery as "OTT" - over the top - since the thieves wore ski masks and used a sawed off shotgun when there was only one elderly security guard on duty. Using information from the police archives, he manages to lay a trap for the would-be thieves. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 March 1999 (UK)  »

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John Lyons (DS George Toolan) does not appear in this episode. Until this edition, Lyons had appeared in every single episode since its beginning in 1992. See more »


DI Frost: Years I've been in the job. You can't believe the secrets that people keep.
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References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »

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Sometimes It's Better Not to Know
23 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about layer after layer of deceit as it affects a whole community. An attractive woman is assaulted as she walks toward her house; her family waits for her. She is hospitalized and in a coma. There is Gulf War vet in the neighborhood who has issues with combat fatigue and violence. He is immediately assumed to be the guilty party because he kills rabbits in the woods. There are a bunch of locals who hang around a pub and pass judgment on people. They see themselves as solid citizens when, in reality, they are a bigoted, dangerous lot. At some point, a series of layers begin to be pulled away and secrets are revealed. Frost must wade through the usual lies and deceptions and cover-ups from the principle characters. Watch this. It is really quite engaging, although at times it stretches reality a bit.

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