British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small).
With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.
As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.
DI Frost is an old-school no-nonsense copper who believes in traditional policing methods. Assisted by several officers including the ever-able DS Toolan, Frost uses what he knows about the street to find solutions to complex crimes as a member of the Denton CID. His home life is complex as he cares for his wife until her death and then leads a quiet bachelor's life, with only the occasional attempt at a relationship with another woman. His daily nemesis however is the Station's commander, Supt. Mullett, who is constantly worrying about budgets, staffing levels and crime statistics. He doesn't appreciate DI Frost's rough and ready manner, which doesn't stop him from trotting him out - with his George Cross, Britain's highest civilian honour for gallantry - when it suits him.Written by
Of all the shows David Jason has done, he claimed this was the one that involved the most elaborate mucking about on the part of the people involved in it. The other show that ran a close second was Only Fools and Horses (1981). See more »
Assuming that Frost had joined the police as a young man, he would have been too short. David Jason is 5'6" and the minimum height for a male police officer in England was at least 5'8" (5'10" in some forces) until 1990. See more »
Although it's only a matter of some three days since the girl's body was discovered in the church crypt, my officers have been working around the clock to bring the perpetrator of this appalling crime to justice, and I can assure your listeners that an arrest will be made very shortly.
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Along with the American series Columbo, A Touch of Frost is a truly excellant drama. Frost is exactly how you'd imagine a real life Detective Inspector to be.
The cases which Frost investigates are truly thrilling. There are so many twists and turns in the plot you can never be sure who is guilty and who is innocent. Frost is all about systematic police work and just like Columbo, the reason for Frost's success is the superb storylines. It's great to see Frost methodically trying to solve a case with good old fashioned police work. Frost is no man of action but the superb detective work more than makes up for the ommission of any action scenes.
The other thing that is vital to Frost is the humour particularly in scenes between Frost and Superintendent Mullett.
All in all, one of the greatest detective dramas ever.
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