A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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If Dogs Run Free: Part 1 

Small time hood Gerry Berland, who sponsors illegal dogfighting, tries to intimidate RSPCA officer who witnessed a murder committed by his son.


Paul Harrison


R.D. Wingfield (characters created by), Michael Russell (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Insp. Jack Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt Mullett
John Lyons ... D.S. Toolan
Arthur White Arthur White ... Police Collator
Adrian Dunbar ... Gerry Berland
Niamh Cusack ... Sally Berland
Phyllis Logan ... Christine Moorhead
Simon Shepherd ... Tom Viner
Leah Bracknell Leah Bracknell ... Carolyn Viner
Adam James ... Gregory Salmond
George Costigan ... Allen Moorhead
Fiona Glascott ... Jenny Mallinger
Chris Overton ... Sean Berland
Hasan Dixon Hasan Dixon ... Neil Viner
James McKenna James McKenna ... Custody Sergeant (as James Mckenna)


Frost and his men assist RSPCA officer Christine Moorhead in smashing an illegal dog fighting ring but its organizer, local gangster Gerry Berland, eludes them. One of Christine's helpers, Brian, is stabbed to death by Berland's thuggish son Sean, who believes he set the police on the ring,and Christine recognizes him and his accomplice,Neil. Berland arranges alibis for the boys and though initially appalled, his wife Sally colludes with him as he has always run her life. She persuades Neil's honest and horrified parents to go along with the lie. Having failed to warn Christine off, Berland sends a thug, Lisowski, to torch the RSPCA unit with Christine inside it with her rescued dogs. Meanwhile a mysterious criminal is duplicating unsolved crimes on Frost's books from years earlier and, as he goes to rescue Christine, Jack finds,chalked on his drive, 'You Die Next.' Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 April 2010 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jenny Mallinger approaches Frost's car to attack the tyres with a knife, the camera operator, boom operator, and presumably the director are visible via a reflection from the rear of the car. See more »


[first lines]
Insp. Jack Frost: It's Berland, right on time. That's his van, with the star attraction of some kind. How long should we give 'em?
Christine Moorhead: Let them start. Ten minutes.
Insp. Jack Frost: Right.
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The end of 'Frost': Part 1
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.

"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".

Season 15 was the last, after David Jason decided to retire the role, and is comprised of one two parter. And it's a two parter that starts very strongly in Part 1, though the two parter overall is not quite as good as the previous three two parters from Seasons 7-9.

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, with a few amusing moments but a good deal of gritty ones. The story is absorbing, with a good deal of tension and suspense, especially the pretty nail-biting cliff-hanger ending.

Frost is remarkably well established as a character, with his faults but also good qualities. 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, with Bruce Alexander and John Lyons being as ever sturdy regular support and Phyllis Logan and Adrian Dunbar faring best of the guest turns.

In summary, great start to the final 'Frost' episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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