A Touch of Frost (1992– )
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In the Public Interest 

A shallow grave is uncovered and three bodies are discovered. Could this be a ritual killing?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Alexander ...
John Lyons ...
Adrian Lukis ...
James Callum
Tam Williams ...
Michael / Michele
Mel Martin ...
Deputy Editor
Rosemary Morrow
Diesel Bob
Lauren Ward ...
Miriam Walker
Julia Dalkin ...
Lucy Jane Bowen ...
WPC Collins
Arthur White ...
Julia St John ...
Amanda Chase
David McKail ...
James McKenna ...


The naked bodies of three young men are found, arranged in a triangle, in a grave at an old burial site and an American anthropologist insists to Frost that these are ritual killings. However the fact that she has a book to promote and reports of unrest among local Eastern European immigrant workers suggest that the murders are not mystical at all. Ever the maverick, Frost enjoys crossing swords with James Callum, an unpleasant local business man who is going to tear down the local youth club to make way for new offices. When Callum's fitness instructress mistress, Rosemary, is found dead on her houseboat, and evidence also suggests that another of Callum's girlfriends died in suspicious circumstances some years earlier Frost cannot wait to pounce. First, however, he must get past Callum's adoring personal assistant, Michael. Perhaps a spot of breaking and entering would help Frost find the clues he is after. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 October 2008 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
DS Toolan: [on mobile] OK, panic over. He's here.
Officer - offscreen: Morning, Sir.
Insp Jack Frost: Good morning.
DS Toolan: Morning, Jack.
Insp Jack Frost: Morning, George. What've we got?
DS Toolan: Mass grave.
Insp Jack Frost: How many?
DS Toolan: Three. So far, anyway.
Insp Jack Frost: Three! It's hardly a *mass* grave then, is it?
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In the Public Interest
7 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As has been said by me numerous times already, 'A Touch of Frost' is a personal favourite of mine, and one of my favourite shows from the detective/mystery genre. Do have a preference perhaps for the earlier-mid-show episodes over the later ones, but none of the episodes are less than watchable and none do anything to embarrass the show.

So much appeals about 'A Touch of Frost'. Love the mix of comedy (mostly through Frost's snide comments and quips) and dark grit, the tension between rebellious Jack Frost and by-the-book Mullet which has led to some humorous moments, how he interacts with the rest of the staff, the deft mix of one or two cases and Frost's personal life, how Frost solves the cases, the production values, music and of course David Jason in one of his best roles.

There may have been people initially sceptical about whether the show would work, and with Jason (a mainly comedic actor) in a departure from usual in the lead role. Scepticism very quickly evaporated, the first six seasons were top notch with a few not-quite-outstanding-but-still-very-good episodes but most of them being near-perfect to masterpiece. Was not sure initially as to whether the Seasons 7-9 two parters would work, having seen two parters not quite work with 'Lewis' for example, but all three worked brilliantly.

Most of Season 10 was of a very high standard, "Held in Trust" was my personal favourite of the episodes but Jim Sturgess' performance in "Close Encounters" is one of the show's best supporting turns. Was a little let down however by "Hidden Truth", which was still decent and much better than a lot of weaker episodes from other shows but considering the high quality of Seasons 1-9 decent didn't seem quite enough. "Another Life" and "Dancing in the Dark" were very good episodes for Season 11, though neither high points. "Near Death Experience" was one of my favourite latter season episodes, while the next episode "Endangered Species", while a long way from bad (pretty decent still) is one of my least favourites of the series.

"Mind Games" was a great return for 'A Touch of Frost' after a two year absence, while "Dead End" while still decent was a disappointment and one of my least favourite episodes overall. As far as Season 14 episodes go, "In the Public Interest" is not as good as "Mind Games" but is superior to "Dead End".

The climax is a more graphic one to usual and is a tense one, but while the explanations/final solutions are straightforwardly done and easy to follow the one here was on the convoluted side. On occasions the pace lags as well.

However, the production values still look great. It matches the dark, gritty tone of the episode beautifully with atmospheric lighting and the stylish way it's shot. The music is haunting without being over-bearing, the theme tune still iconic.

Good deal of the script is taut and thought-provoking, while both Frost and Toolan have some amusing lines. The story is absorbing, with a good deal of tension and suspense, as well as being one of the more graphic episodes, not just the ending but the houseboat murder is one of the show's most brutal doesn't anybody else think.

Frost is remarkably well established as a character, with his faults but also good qualities. Even with a more conflicted side, he is closer to the old Frost than the unnecessarily rude and acrimonious character seen in "Endangered Species". The supporting characters are well drawn.

Can't fault Jason as Frost, he is simply brilliant in the role as always with not one foot put wrong. All the supporting cast are on point with not a weak link.

Overall, very good though not one of my favourite 'Frost' episodes. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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