A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Another Life 

A recently reinstated Frost re-teams with D.S. Lawson to investigate a corpse floating in the canal and a mutilated body in a discarded refrigerator.

Director:

Roger Bamford

Writers:

R.D. Wingfield (characters), David Gilman (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Insp. Jack Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt Mullett
Sally Dexter Sally Dexter ... D.S. Lawson
John Lyons ... D.S. Toolan
Amanda Root ... Dolores Delmonte
Nigel Betts ... Reginald Muldane
Ken Drury ... Oscar Belmont
David Cardy David Cardy ... Len Morrison
Julia St John Julia St John ... Amanda Chase
Arthur White Arthur White ... Ernie Trigg
Bernard Holley ... Chief Constable
David McKail David McKail ... Dr McKenzie (as David Mckai)
Rosie Thomson Rosie Thomson ... Jenny Burrows
Hazel Ellerby Hazel Ellerby ... Jay Burrows
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Dr Patrick Knight
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Storyline

Reinstated and again working with Sergeant Lawson, Frost has two corpses on his hands. One is that of a man found floating in the river with cash and a list of numbers in his pocket. The other leads him into the competitive world of ballroom dancing and Miss Dolores Delmonte, whose search for perfection in her partners goes to alarming lengths. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2003 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Ken Drury re-unites with David Jason as the wig-wearing dancer, Oscar Belmont having worked with him as the wig-wearing midwife, Dr. McCallum in the episode of Only Fools and Horses titled, "Three Men, a Woman, and a Baby" (1991). See more »

Quotes

Supt Mullett: I've had the press calling me non-stop. Having a demented killer on the loose is doing us no good at all.
Frost: Mmm, that's true. Not much fun for the victims either, is it?
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Soundtracks

Fly Me to the Moon
(uncredited)
Written by Bart Howard (1964)
Instrumental played at dane hall
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More mystery and fun with 'Frost'
6 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.

Season 11 only had two episodes, generally 'A Touch of Frost' had less episodes of each season with only 2 or even 1 (the only exception was Season 14). The first one is this "Another Life". For 'A Touch of Frost', "Another Life" is very good if not one of my favourites. The writing has been slightly more focused before perhaps and for 'Frost' there are parts where the cases take a slight turn for the weird, which for Frost is unusual. That's all personal opinion of course.

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 script is mostly well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and is thought-provoking, the best moments being between Frost and Lawson (love the chemistry between the two of them). The story, comprised of more than one case as is often the case with 'A Touch of Frost', has a bit of weirdness here and there and suspense levels could have been more, but is mostly fun and absorbing and it all just about comes together in terms of sense at the end.

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

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, Bruce Alexander, John Lyons and particularly Sally Dexter all solid as rocks.

In conclusion, very good if not quite great or outstanding. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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