A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Deep Waters 

Frost is frustrated in his interrogations of two men that stabbed a young woman during a robbery and a predatory professor possibly involved in an assault on a pretty co-ed.

Director:

Don Leaver

Writers:

R.D. Wingfield (characters), Christopher Russell (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... D.I. Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt. Mullett
John Lyons ... D.S. Toolan
Tamzin Malleson ... Helen Tudor
Charlotte Bellamy Charlotte Bellamy ... Jamie Merrick
Damian Lewis ... Adam Weston
Darren Tighe Darren Tighe ... Tony Jarvis
Jonathan Hyde ... Dr. Keith Michaelson
Gillian Bevan Gillian Bevan ... Suzanne Michaelson
Simon Coates ... Simon Marsh
Stephanie Turner ... Mrs. Jarvis
Jay Simpson ... Peter Bainbridge
Francis Magee ... Rod Bainbridge
Katrina Levon Katrina Levon ... W.P.C. Lindsey Hunter
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ... D.S. Clive Barnard
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Storyline

DI Jack Frost investigates the stabbing of a woman during a robbery at a sub-post office. He is convinced that they have the culprits in custody but is frustrated by the limits placed on his ability to gather evidence. He also looks into an attack on the very pretty Helen Tudor who was pushed down the stairs at her university. She has no idea who may have pushed her but had recently rebuffed a professor, Dr. Michaelson, who had a reputation for getting too "close" to his students. In the course of the investigation, Frost learns that a woman very similar in appearance to Helen drowned some two years previously, even though she was a very good swimmer. Clive Barnard, now a DS in Boxborough, assists Frost in locating a possible suspect, a student who knew both girls. Frost finally finds himself a flat but also gets some unexpected lodgers. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1996 (UK) See more »

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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Hyde appeared on Midsomer Murders in a Tale of Two Hamlets and Tamzin Malleson later played pathologist Kate Wilding on the show. See more »

Goofs

When Frost is in the professor's office, he examines the bookshelf. First, there are two copies of the same book ("Psychology") just a few inches apart, Next, when Frost removes a book called "Violent Death" and opens it, it's clear that a phony cover was placed on a real book upside-down. See more »

Quotes

[Frost is slowly and silently going through a suspect's records]
Gareth King: Look, are you going to tell me what this is about or what?
Frost: You're not under arrest, Mr. King. You're free to leave whenever you like.
[King gets up to leave]
Frost: What time did you get back today?
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Connections

References How I Won the War (1967) See more »

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In deep water with Jack Frost
1 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'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, with the first season containing three consistently great episodes, even with the darker and grittier approach with less humour, that established the tone and characterisation so brilliantly so early on with no signs of finding-their-feet. The next two seasons and "Paying the Price" were more than up to their levels, with "Appropriate Adults" and "Paying the Price" being two of the show's best episodes.

For me, "Deep Waters" is the second best episode of Season 4 after "Paying the Price", though all the episodes are good and there was not a bad episode of the show up to this point, the weakest being the still pretty good "Unknown Soldiers".

Visually, as always with 'A Touch of Frost', "Deep Waters" looks 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 while the theme tune is one of the most iconic in the detective genre (or at least to me it is).

The script is well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and thought-provoking, while the direction is solid and has more clarity than in "Unknown Soldiers" for example. The story is absorbing with some very surprising twists and turns when things get more complicated (without getting overly so) and plenty of suspects. The final solution is shocking and full of suspense, one of the show's most memorable endings.

Frost is a remarkably well-established character for so early on, and one cannot help love his interaction with the rest of the officers and his chemistry with Bruce Alexander's stern and by-the-book Mullet, who constantly despairs of Frost's unconventional approach.

Jason is brilliant, then again he always was as Frost, while Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and a returning Matt Bardock are more than up to his level. As are early career Tamzin Malleson and Damian Lewis and more seasoned performers like Jonathan Hyde and Gillian Bevan.

In conclusion, great episode and the second best of Season 4. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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