A Touch of Frost: Season 2, Episode 2

Widows and Orphans (16 Jan. 1994)

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Frost investigates two serial criminals preying on senior women, a burglar and a serial killer while working with a beautiful new partner.

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DI Jack Frost investigates a series of burglaries directed against old age pensioners. Things take a serious turn when an elderly woman is badly beaten. On examination however, this case doesn't fit the pattern of the others and may not be related. As well, the victim was very difficult and disliked by many, including neighbours and community volunteers. The case takes a nasty turn when another elderly victim is found dead, with the potential to create a panic among the public. Frost concludes that the second victim knew her attacker and proceeds to eliminate all possible suspects, one by one. Written by garykmcd

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D.C.I. Allen: [Talking about DI Lawson] She's a good-looker. I hope you don't find yourself tempted.
D.I. Frost: What? Sleep with a junior officer? Gawd dear! Mullet would love that, wouldn't he? Actually, Jim, I've lost the, henh, urge. You know... women. What's that... growin' up or growin' old?
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Frosty Frost is well-depicted by the actor
2 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Jack Frost's sarcastic but rather honest views are well associated with the actor David Jason. A Touch of Frost is right on his tongue and his "comments" make the audience chuckle. I always love a finishing touch of frost at the very end of every show.

Frost is a loner and is not always in pair with sidekicks "for keeps". He is not into a relationship with anyone else and is not eager or keen to pair up with anyone for work. He is a lone wolf. His cynic personality and extreme aloofness can be a snag for perpetual partnership with anyone. New sidekicks always leave for some reason and his new sidekick this time was a female officer with ranks. That was an interesting change also.

According to the trivia of this series, the author of the character Jack Frost did not favor this TV program or the actor David Jason but I think Jason's likable personality with cynic tongue made the character shine through for years. In the original Jack Frost in books the character loves teen-aged girls, but the TV series cannot depict this in any way so that part was basically ignored. Instead, Jason's depiction of Frost added the "snide & snip", so to speak, in his "comments" that he makes to his colleagues and suspects.

In this tale of spiteful young man who was twisted by the difficult old people and his own dark past, Frost's interview to the young man is, although he duly understood how much abuse and difficulty the young man may have been suffered in life, a psychological chase that heats up little by little through discussion with him and his spiteful grandmother.

If Frost was a touch of frost, then that old lady was more than a cup of hot peppers. I did not like her too much, so I felt sorry for that young man who basically became insane because of her abusive rearing of him.

In TV drama the personality of Jack Frost seems to be extremely warm and nice although cynic at the same time, and I like this one better than what he is depicted in the books!!!


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