A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Unknown Soldiers 

DC Frost has to deal with discovering the source of a handgun owned by a teenager, the culprits involved in an armored car heist, and a fatal accident on an army base.


Adrian Shergold


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... D.I. Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt. Mullett
John Lyons ... D.S. Toolan
Nicholas Jones ... Major Harvey
Ralph Brown ... Captain Carlisle
Saira Todd Saira Todd ... Sgt. Donovan
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ... Mrs. Meredith
Ian Flintoff Ian Flintoff ... Mr. Meredith
Sam Kelly ... Scully
Will Knightley Will Knightley ... Barry Hockey
David Bradley ... Les James
Matthew Scurfield ... Dave Chaplin
Eileen O'Brien Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs. Hockey
Diana Davies Diana Davies ... Mrs. James
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Steve Marson


DI Jack Frost is now living above an Indian curry restaurant and his day is off to an inauspicious start when he is held by a gun-toting teenager suspected of dealing in drugs. The police are concerned that there may be others guns being sold on the street. He also has to deal with another armed robbery of a security van and the death of a part-time soldier on maneuvers who was shot when everyone was supposed to be using blanks. Frost suspects the van robberies are an inside job. It's determined that the soldier could not have been shot with a military weapon and the police find an identical pistol to that used by the gun-toting teenager. Frost soon determines the motive and the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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14 January 1996 (UK) See more »

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Barry Hockey: [Ironically] Honesty is a hard habit to break.
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Good, but, seeing as a lot of 'A Touch of Frost' is fantastic, a little disappointing
28 June 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. "Unknown Soldiers" is good and well done, but seeing as 'A Touch of Frost' is mostly great and fantastic when at its best good didn't quite seem good enough.

"Unknown Soldiers" is not quite as involving as the previous episodes, where pacing was tighter and the situations covered left no time for slacking. Compared to "Paying the Price", and admittedly it was always going to be hard following on from an episode as good as that, it didn't grab me as much and generally the pacing could have been tauter and the direction in need at times of more clear direction, parts of it felt slightly dull and bland after being treated to one of the most tension-filled episodes of the show in "Paying the Price". So really "Unknown Soldiers" doesn't necessarily do anything wrong, just that other 'A Touch of Frost' episodes did certain aspects better.

Visually, as always with 'A Touch of Frost', "Unknown Soldiers" 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 (the line about honesty being a hard habit to break has so much truth to it), and the story is mostly absorbing, though the crimes in previous and succeeding episodes often did lend themselves a little better to creating tension and such.

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 the supporting cast are just as good.

In summary, good if a little disappointing. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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