A Touch of Frost

 (246)7.81992TV-14
David Jason stars as Jack Frost - an unconventional policeman with a sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. In this opening series, Frost finds himself leading the investigations in three mysterious and sinister cases.
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Suspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Care And Protection
    December 5, 1992
    1 h 41 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The search for a missing child unearths a crime that took place thirty years earlier.
  2. 2. Not With Kindness
    December 12, 1992
    1 h 42 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    There are threats, deaths, arson and a staff shortage at the police station.
  3. 3. Conclusions
    December 19, 1992
    1 h 42 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frost has plenty on his plate when an MP's son is involved in a hit-and-run accident.

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1992
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BritBox
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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246 global ratings

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Charles van BurenReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A most realistic police drama
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No vintage Jaguar here. No Oxford educated gentleman listening to classical music. Inspector Frost's streets are unhappy ones filled with people living quiet and not so quiet lives of despair. Frost is a melancholy program with mournful music punctuating the episodes. But despite his own unhappy personal life and gruff persona, Frost is a man of sympathy for the hopeless and helpless and anger at the monsters who prey on them. My wife calls this that silly Frost thing, finding it too bleak for her tastes. Based upon my own experiences in a law enforcement career, I find A Touch of Frost to be one of the most believable of police programs. Even with the bleak mood of the program, I do not find it depressing. David Jason, an actor who can make sir seem the most insulting of epithets, is just about the perfect actor to portray this version of Frost. I say this version because the author of the Frost novels has complained that this version is much different from the Frost in the books.

I streamed this program via Amazon Prime so can not comment on any hard copies.
22 people found this helpful
C. KillmerReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
British Mystery
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We enjoy British mysteries very much. This is a good series. It's a bit slower than Midsomer Murders or Inspector Morse, but the stories and acting are excellent. We will be ordering additonal seasons.
3 people found this helpful
Heather A. SweetenReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Old fashioned policecwoe
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I like the old fashioned cop work done by the characters. He's a great actor. I wish I could contact him. I tried looking, but he's not on social media. I like that there are a bunch of seasons. One thing to understand when buying the series is set two may include season two plus part of season three. Set doesn't mean season. That seems to be the way they were distributed. There is overlap. They are very economical too.
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FYIReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Happy, Late Discovery
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Having exhausted all the Inspector Morse series several times over, it is quite pleasing to land on this wonderful, long-running series! David Jason is grumpy perfection as Detective Inspector William Edward "Jack" Frost. A recipient of the St. George Medal for bravery, he suffers no fools, while consuming vast quantities of coffee and an inordinate amount of delicious sandwiches. Unlike both the Morse and Lewis series, this does not feature erudite poetry or beautiful architecture with cathedrals of learning. Rather, this is a gritty, tough-minded mystery series, with a fine cast and flavor as savory as a Yorkshire bacon butty.
11 people found this helpful
Daniel J. GartrellReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Have seen three episodes of season one, so only ...
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Have seen three episodes of season one, so only my impression so far: "A Touch of Frost" is a classic, old school police detective mystery series in the time honored British genre. Murder at the beginning, sleuthing for rest of show, logical but often hard to figure out eventual culprit. Crime done for interesting psychological reasons. Have been through Foyle, Morse, Lewis, and Vera, so Frost seems to be the next in line. An interesting junior partner, which helps to invigorate the other series, has yet to emerge. So far, maybe not action-packed enough for some viewers, but generally fairly well written and appealing to lovers of the genre.
7 people found this helpful
PuppluvReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW I really love this show, best UK Crime Series
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Wow, I love mystery/crime shows but have had to branch out to UK and Canada b/c the US Mystery/Crime shows are all "from the headlines" (BLAH, please, we know who you are talking about and we'd rather see something unique and original) or too political (please stop this nonsense, it's supposed to be entertainment, not entertaining only to those people who you like, and a slam at everyone else), or repeat and copy so many stories from other shows that I think I've seen it, even though it's a brand new episode.

I have avoided Frost because there were very few reviews, and the actual description just didn't make me want to watch it. This is the BEST series from the UK Mystery/Crimes I have seen, thank goodness for the sale that made it affordable. I only have one complaint, the ridiculously short "seasons"/"Volumes". I'd be pretty upset if I spent $40-50 on a two or three disc set, with three or four episodes.

It's creepy, spooky, foggy, and the music is unbelievable at the beginning. You've got to love FROST, he's so loveable, so wonderful, and I just can't stand his boss, who could care less about solving a case, or convisting the guilty person, it's all about politics and what looks good - that makes me so mad.....but not mad anough to not watch, which is a fine line.

I needed a new, creepy, curl up before bed crime show that isn't so gruesome or action oriented that it makes my heart race while I'm watching-cause then I can't go to sleep right after. This is the Perfect, creepy, go to sleep mystery. It's hard to explain but if you like the creepy, foggy, cozy mystery types, this is the one for you. I bought season one a few weeks ago and have already finished 1, 2, and started 3, and now ordered 4. Now, there's nothing else I want to watch before bed, this has the perfect amount of crime and creepy without the heart pounding action that I prefer in prime time.

If you like a slick, perfect looking, modern, all the cops could be runway models (male and female), high heels, designer clothes, high-tech super slick looking, HD quality crime, then this is not for you. This is regular people, regular looking, regular clothes, regular cops, regular police station but great stories and characters, and a super mystery factor.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
The real thing
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I am a huge fan of English cozy mysteries but am fast running out of shows. So, I decided to try something a little more serious and "A Touch of Frost" sounded interesting so I took a chance.
What first struck me when watching it was how real everything looked. David Jason, in the title role, looks like a real cop, the town looks like a real town and the people act like real people. The situations are dramatic but you always believe in the characters.
Frost is a sloppy, intelligent, gruff and thoroughly likable character in spite of, or maybe because of, his rough edges. The mysteries are literate and manage to get their point across without being horrifically graphic. (Though there is violence and some innuendo and a very brief glimpse of a breast, I can't recommend this show for children)
"Care and Protection"- When the young daughter of a local woman goes missing, Frost is called in. Relieved, since he is dealing with a terminally ill wife, Frost sets to work. But when a decades old corpse with a severed arm and a suitcase attached is discovered during the search for the girl, Frost finds himself dealing with two cases at once. In this episode, he is teamed up with the fairly amiable but spoiled nephew of the superintendant. Very good episode that deals with the triple drain on Frost's emotions, his dying wife, a cold case he didn't want and the missing child whose chances for survival decrease as time passes.
"Not With Kindness"- Following the death of his wife, Frost is at odds with her Americanized sister. Meanwhile, a papergirl's body is discovered in a graveyard and she may or may not be a victim of rape. The subplot deals with an affluent couple who are being harassed by phonecalls and and deadly practical jokes. Frost is partnered with an even sloppier career cop who has an irritatingly happy family life. A rather sad episode that deals with the dangers of grief.
"Conclusions"- A fatal hit-and-run leads Frost to the spoiled rotten son of a mamber of parliament. Meanwhile, there has been a robbery at a local casino and an armed and dangerous fugitive is loose in the area. When a patrolman is brutally murdered, the manhunt is on. Frost is partnered with a surley new transfer who has a perfectly rotten homelife and a brooding manner. He's almost too surly for Frost!
I highly recommend this series to all fans of cozies who are ready to try something a little more serious and to any mystery fan, especially if you want something a little more realistsic than is offered in this country.
57 people found this helpful
DadzillaReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
I was hesitant about this purchase but not anymore
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I knew nothing of this British show, it started off very slowly for my interests, but by the second episode I was into it. If you like the "Inspector Morse" and the follow-up "Inspector Lewis" genre'. you'll appreciate Frost as well.

My only complaint is that I'm not seeing a well priced boxed set available. Like "Morse" this show went on for a dozen years or so; and like Morse there are only a few episodes each year because these episodes are movie length NOT like the 42 minute American tv show versions.
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