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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Good enough episode
9 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The storyline in this episode follows the repercussions of a hit-and-run accident and an armed robbery in the idyllic settings of the countryside.

A unique fact regarding Private Lives is the absence of many of the show's regular characters (most notably John Lyons as George Toolan, who until this edition, had appeared in every episode since the start). Nevertheless, Peter Egan puts in a cherished performance as a seemingly upset husband struggling to cope with his wife's accident, but there seems to be more to that case than meets the eye.....

Private Lives is a good enough edition in the franchise that continues the trend viewers had come to expect from Frost, with strong acting and clear conclusions.

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