A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Mind Games 

DI Frost must deal with a desperate mother and solve a 20 year old missing persons case following the discovery of a teenage girl's remains.

Director:

Paul Harrison

Writers:

R.D. Wingfield (characters creator), Michael Russell (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Insp Jack Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt Mullett
John Lyons ... DS Toolan
Keith Barron ... David Crewes
Jonathan Slinger ... Carl Meyer
Julia Watson Julia Watson ... Vicar Lucy Daniels
John Castle ... Charlie Collingham
Paula Wilcox ... Gloria Collingham
Nicholas Farrell ... Simon Slater
Elizabeth Berrington ... Babs Sellwood
Ariyon Bakare ... Jason Cohu
Joseph Marcell ... Joshua Ray
Vince Leigh ... Tom Brody (as Vincent Leigh)
Dhafer L'Abidine ... Roman Cassell
Sarah-Jayne Steed Sarah-Jayne Steed ... Kate McGreavy
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Two young men are tricked by their girlfriends into stripping themselves nude for a midnight swim, during which the girls run off with the boys' clothes, leaving them to streak through Denton. One is arrested but the other, Roman Cassell, gets back to his office where,the next day ,he is found beaten to death. Suspicion falls on Jason Cohu and his father-in-law Joshua Ray, who blame Cassell for the death of Jason's wife and were in the vicinity of the office that night. Joshua admits to the murder but Frost believes he is innocent, misguidedly protecting his son-in-law and CCTV footage proves him right. At the same time Carl Meyer is released from a twenty year prison term. When he was a young boy he was accused of murdering a little girl with whom he used to play and with whose corpse he was found. Her cousin disappeared on the same day and he was also accused of killing her. The girls' family conduct a vendetta against him to which he shows no malice, claiming, as he had done all ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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[first lines]
Supt Mullett: Uh, ninety percent of the form consists of questions requiring a simple yes/no answer; uh, a, a tick in the box. I-i-it couldn't be simpler.
[audience laughs]
Supt Mullett: Where no answer is possible or the section is irrelevant, you simply jump to the next, um, next, uh, relevant question. Uh, now I know there may appear to be rather a lot of pages...
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Frost is back!
7 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

After a two year absence, 'A Touch of Frost' is back and "Mind Games" feels more like 'Frost' when it first started rather than as feared a show past its sell by date having had a hiatus. It may not be classic 'Frost' but it reminded me somewhat of it.

As ever, the production values as always are incredibly well done. 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.

Script is very taut and one of the best written episodes of the later seasons, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and is thought-provoking. Most of it though is a more sombre and more serious tone, and, considering the tone of the episode and Frost's predicament and dilemma of whether the convicted man was innocent or guilty all along, that not only was a perfect fit but necessary, any other way from personal opinion would have jarred too much.

"Mind Games" main case is harrowing and poignant, with an ending that wraps things up neatly but makes an incredibly powerful impact. It was also really interesting to see how the case is solved and how far forensics has come over-time. The second case starting with the prank wasn't quite as interesting, due to featuring somewhat less in the story, but had some nice twists and turns even if resolved slightly melodramatically.

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, with particularly interesting characters in David Crewes and Carl Meyer.

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, like with Bruce Alexander and John Lyons of the regulars and of the guests Jonathan Slinger's impressively ambiguous Carl and Keith Barron's understated David standing out in particular.

Overall, great comeback. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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