gs: Claire Hackett [ Linda Uphill ], Ralph Nossek [ Gerald Powell ], Helen Blatch [ Annie Stephanopolous ], Sion Tudor Owen [ Barry James Farnham (Brian Farnham in credits) ], Tim Wylton [ Ronald Garwood ], Arbel Jones [ Tricia Harding ], Rachel Victoria Roberts [ Mary-Louise Harding ], Ian Driver [ PC Chris Jordan ], Martin Moss [ PC Lambert ], Irene Skillington [ Forensic technician ], Martin Pearson [ Darren Brennand (Sean Brennand in credits) ], Phil Croft [ Young Felton ], Peter Quilter [ Young Garwood ], Katy Landis [ Bank clerk ], Janet George [ Nurse ], Tricia Thorns [ Miss Grey (pathologist's secretary) ], Otis Munyangiri [ Boy in church hall ], Olive Pendleton [ Mrs Powell ], Rebecca Ricketts [ Tracy Uphill ]
Shirley Fisher, Sandy Longford, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Dr McKenzie, Det Ch Insp Jim Allen, Det Sgt George Toolan, Det Const Clive Barnard, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Det Const Mark Howard, WPC Hazel Wallace, PC Simms, PC Keith Stringer
Det Insp William Edward, "Jack", Frost alternates his police duties in Denton, a town in southern England near Bristol, with nursing his terminally-ill wife, Mary, leaving her in the care of nurse Shirley Fisher during the day. He is assigned a new Detective Constable, Clive Barnard, the nephew of the chief constable, to assist him in the investigation of a missing young child, Tracy Uphill. Barnard incidentally discovers that Frost has been awarded the George Cross not long before, for trying to disarm a man, being shot twice in the incident. While looking for the missing girl in local woods, the police uncover a man's severed arm chained to a locked strong box, which turns out to be empty. Checking with Sandy Longford, the editor of the local Denton Evening News, identifies it with the robbery of two men making a bank transfer that occurred 30 years previously. Soon after Frost interviews the survivor of the robbery, Ronald Garwood, he is found shot dead, by the same gun that killed the other man at the time. Frost's wife finally dies, at Denton Hospital, leaving him bemused and with just his work to occupy his life now. He correctly identifies the person behind the robbery and killings, though this involves him with another face-down with an armed person, and the girl is handed in to the hospital.
b: 6 Dec 92 w: Richard Harris s: R D Wingfield d: Don Leaver
gs: Tony Haygarth [ Det Sgt Gilmore ], Diane Bull [ Cheryl Bartlett ], Charles Dale [ Colin Fletcher ], John Vine [ Michael Bell ], Amanda Elwes [ Alex Compton ], Dominic Jephcott [ George Compton ], Annabel Leventon [ Marion ], Denise Black [ Jen Hamilton ], Steve Swinscoe [ Sean Hamilton ], Ian Driver [ PC Chris Jordan ], Fred Pearson [ Church warden ], John Bleasdale [ Bernard Hicks ], Sean Carnegie [ Damien Cooper ], Janet Kay [ Mrs Cooper ], Merelina Kendall [ Mrs Blakiston ], Bunny May [ Geoffrey Rickman ], Edward Pinner [ Forensic operative ], Tricia Thorns [ Miss Grey (pathologist's secretary) ], Robert Whelan [ Fire officer ], Ian Taylor [ Undertaker ], Lee Whitlock [ Apprentice ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Det Const Mark Howard, WPC Hazel Wallace, PC Simms, PC Keith Stringer
Frost's sister-in-law, Marion, has come over from the US for his wife's funeral, but her staying at his house leads to friction, and she returns home prematurely. Frost is assigned another assistant, Det Sgt Gilmore. As DCI Allen is still on medical leave, Denton's incoming cases fall to Frost. These are a missing teenage girl, Paula Bartlett, and the case of a woman who has been receiving threatening phone calls and suffering malicious pranks. In addition to the staff shortage, the police station's central heating has broken down. While investigating an unrelated complaint about vandalism in a churchyard, Frost discovers the body of the missing girl, and the ensuing murder hunt focuses on the paper round that she failed to complete on the morning of her disappearance and death. Frost cannot do much to protect Alex Compton, the victim of the threats, and that night the police are called to her house, to find it engulfed in flames, with her husband dead inside and her unconscious on the lawn. The fire officers detect the petrol that shows it to have been arson, and Frost has his own ideas on who started it.
b: 13 Dec 92 w: Richard Harris s: R D Wingfield d: David Reynolds
gs: George Anton [ Det Const Webster ], Vincent Regan [ PC David Shelby ], Sue Johnston [ Phyllis Bowman ], Ben Daniels [ Roger Massie ], Norma West [ Stella Massie ], Rowena King [ Julia King ], Douglas McFerran [ Ronald Arthur Eustace ], Caroline Paterson [ Diana Webster ], Jane Hazlegrove [ Maureen Shelby ], Tony Armatrading [ Leslie Russell ], Dominique Barnes [ Sophie Hamilton ], Ian Driver [ PC Chris Jordan ], Martin Moss [ PC Lambert ], Joan Scott [ Mrs Lee ], Geraldine Griffith [ Bett ], Peter Harlow [ Massie's solicitor ], Colin McCormack [ Caretaker ], Alex Leppard [ Mr Darbon ], Elizabeth Hunt [ Mrs Hickman ], Tara Shaw [ Woman in launderette ], Alan Gear [ Bouncer ]
Sandy Longford, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Dr McKenzie, Det Ch Insp Jim Allen, Det Sgt Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Det Const Mark Howard, WPC Hazel Wallace, PC Simms, PC Keith Stringer
A hit and run driver kills an elderly man, after deliberately drawing attention by wild driving on a residential estate. On the same evening the local private casino, the Sherwood Club, is violently robbed of its night's takings. It is immediately apparent that the car belongs to the local MP's son, Roger Massie, whom Frost has charged with motoring offences on more than one occasion, but whose excellent legal team have got him cleared. Frost gets a humorless new partner, DC Webster, to assist him in the investigations. Then a dangerous armed robber, Ronnie Eustace, seeks refuge in the Denton area, and a police officer is shot dead while on patrol. An armed hunt for the fugitive tracks him down, and he takes a pair of hostages, but Frost is persuaded to substitute himself for them.
b: 20 Dec 92 w: Richard Harris s: R D Wingfield d: Anthony Simmons
gs: Lennie James [ Det Const Carl Tanner ], Anya Phillips [ Natalie Bell ], Valentine Nonyela [ Ritchie Gibbs ], Sheila Kelley [ Doreen Gilbert ], Billy Hartman [ Dave Cowden ], Corinne Skinner Carter [ Mrs Lansdale ], Ray Emmet Brown [ Mark Landsdale ], Michael Buffong [ Ian Purcell ], Steve Nicolson [ Det Const Cottam ], Mark Burdis [ PC Naylor ], Andrew Ballm [ Philip Aspinall ], Paul McKenzie [ Errol Baker ], Alexander Newland [ Davis Clark ], Melanie Sylvester [ Woman up ladder ], Rodney Litchfield [ Norman ], Karen Meagher [ Lab liaison officer ], Amjad Saleem [ Dr Shakir ], Gabrielle O'Brien [ Hospital receptionist ], Jane Wall [ Baker's girlfriend ], Karel da Costa [ Matthew Bell ]
Sandy Longford, Det Ch Insp Jim Allen, WPC Hazel Wallace, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Det Sgt George Toolan, PC Mike Austin, PC Simms, PC Ernie Trigg, PC Keith Stringer
Frost is assigned a new, black detective constable, Carl Tanner, transferred in to help him investigate a string of commercial burglaries, which lead them to a group of families on the local Eastdean estate that Frost calls "the crime academy". It doesn't come naturally to him to tread carefully to avoid accusations of police racism there and at Denton Police Station. Then one of his informants from the estate, Natalie Bell, is murdered, and he feels guilty for possibly compromising her. Tanner uncovers an interesting aspect of the information she had passed to Frost over the years. As Frost's team close in on the robbery suspects, the woman's child is abducted, and Frost sets off in single pursuit, resulting in a confrontation in an abandoned warehouse, while Tanner interviews and arrests the killer.
b: 9 Jan 94 w: Christopher Russell d: Roger Bamford
gs: Sally Dexter [ Det Sgt Maureen Lawson ], Christopher Fulford [ Ronald Gould ], Margery Mason [ Mrs Archer ], Steven Mackintosh [ Dean Hoskins ], Clara Salaman [ Kathy Reynolds ], Graham Turner [ Vicar ], Peter Benson [ Bernard Elliott ], Pamela Cundell [ Mrs Barrett ], Valerie Lush [ Mrs Mary Haynes ], Richard Beale [ Mr Proctor ], Isabelle Amyes [ Angela Newcombe ], Michael Hadley [ John Newcombe ], Rose Hill [ Mrs Alice Ryder ], Max Mason [ Desmond Ryder ], Ian Driver [ PC Chris Jordan ], Ian Dunn [ Mr Bright ], Louise Yates [ Mrs Miriam Bright ], Linda Dobell [ Mrs Speight ], Tom Harrison [ Mr Maskell ], Chris Brailsford [ Maskell's neighbor ], Anthony Milner [ Sound technician ], Richard Maplecroft [ Barman ]
Shirley Fisher, Det Ch Insp Jim Allen, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Sgt Bill Wells, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Const Mark Howard
Frost is assigned to investigate a series of non-violent break-ins at the homes of elderly people for the purpose of theft, which does not excite his enthusiasm. Then there are a couple of brutal attacks on elderly women for seemingly no reason, which does get him energised. He knows that he has to catch the culprit before he kills again. WPC Wallace uncovers similarities with a series of attacks in Plymouth two years previously. Frost is helped by a newly-assigned female detective, DS Maureen Lawson, who also offers him advice on his personal life, as a consequence of which he invites Shirley Fisher out for dinner when they run into each other again at the hospital.
b: 16 Jan 94 w: Richard Harris d: Roy Battersby
gs: Neil Dudgeon [ Det Const Costello ], Felicity Montagu [ Anne Butler ], Gerard Horan [ Ray Butler ], Barry Jackson [ Walter Peters ], Albert Welling [ Dr Royce Patten ], Vivienne Ritchie [ Linda Patten ], Marion Bailey [ Eileen Grant ], Michael Feast [ Trevor Hine ], Linda Bassett [ Mrs Cornish ], Ewen Bremner [ Gordon Hicks ], Christopher Penney [ Ben Cornish ], James Saxon [ Mortuary attendant ], Tony Bluto [ Security guard ], Sue Cleaver [ Patten's receptionist ], Lorraine Peters [ Butler's neighbor ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Const Mark Howard, PC Mike Austin, PC Simms, PC Keith Stringer
Frost is assigned a new Detective Constable, Costello, who has been demoted from Inspector for assaulting a senior police officer, and who has an attitude problem with his new role in the police force, not helped by the junior ranks of Denton Police rubbing his face in it. Frost is called out when a dead body is discovered in a flooded public conveniences, which he recognises as a long-time drug addict, Ben Cornish. He and Dr McKenzie assume the death was accidental and drug-related, but the post-mortem surprisingly shows that he was beaten and kicked to death. The trail to the culprit involves raking up a local doctor's past, tracing the people with whom Cornish was sharing a squat, and dealing with his family, who have mixed emotions about his death. Frost also decides to confront an aspect of his own past, and tries to renew his friendship with Eileen Grant, the woman with whom he was having an affair before his wife became ill.
b: 23 Jan 94 w: Richard Harris d: John Glenister
gs: Amelda Brown [ Pauline Cook ], Terence Budd [ Martin Cook ], Vanessa Hadaway [ Joanne ], Gavin Richards [ Les Wingham ], Bill Leadbitter [ Gordon Perryman ], Len Collin [ Nick Daish ], Melsada Pantry [ Clare Bamtema ], Brian Bovell [ Terry Bamtema ], Angela Clarke [ Tara Holdsworth ], Emma Jane Lavin [ Kelly Power ], Dougal Davis [ Stephen Galloway ], Zoe Hilson [ Emma Fox ], James Bowers [ Shaun Pascoe ], Mark Burdis [ PC Naylor ], Gerardean McHugh [ Josie ], Neale Goodrum [ Minicab controller ], Jean Ainslie [ Mrs Collings ], Sharon Akerboom [ Mrs Daish ], Owen Aaronovitch [ Man with dog ]
Shirley Fisher, Sandy Longford, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Ch Insp Jim Allen, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Det Const Ketley, PC Simms, PC Mike Austin
Frost is invited to a reunion of fellow George Cross recipients in London, but he finds every excuse to avoid it, until he asks Shirley Fisher to accompany him, though he still forgets to turn up for her. A teenage girl, Alison Cook, goes missing after coming home from school early, and Frost fears she may have been a victim of a serial rapist who has been active in Denton in recent months. Frost has been at pains to help the victims, and revisits some of them to try to find a new lead, and uncovers a connection with the father of the missing teenager. Higher authorities in the police force add to the pressure by threatening to replace him on the case, which leads him to try a desperate measure of using WPC Hazel Wallace as a decoy, but it exposes her to serious danger.
b: 30 Jan 94 w: Christopher Russell d: Don Leaver
gs: Matthew Marsh [ Det Ch Insp Charlie Hawkes ], Rupert Holliday-Evans [ Richard Martin ], Harriet Bagnall [ Sally Martin ], Timmy Lang [ Billy Conrad ], Vilma Hollingbery [ Jeanette Conrad ], Arthur Whybrow [ Dave Conrad ], Elizabeth Estensen [ Susan Mackintosh ], Nick Reding [ John Parker ], Heather Canning [ Mrs Tenant ], Mandy Hoskins [ Jane Kennedy ], Rob Edwards [ Dr Drabble ], Karen Lewis [ Maddie Knight ], Susan Colverd [ Mrs Prentice ], David Killick [ Pathologist ], Sam Graham [ Simon Carter ], Helena Little [ Alison Curtis ], Tristan Maguire [ Bradshaw ], Alex Wilkinshaw [ Pearce ], Mark Burdis [ PC Naylor ], Melanie Ramsey [ WPC Morgan ], Peter Mair [ Magistrate ], Steve Yule [ Man outside court ], Tony Westrope [ Officer in van ], Katie Scales [ Tricia Martin ], Ricky-Lee Mays [ Daryl ]
Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, PC Simms
Tricia Martin, an 8-year-old girl is missing, and the last person to have seen her is Billy Conrad, a gentle young man with Down's syndrome, but who appears to be hiding something. Frost's superior, DCI Hawkes, believes Conrad is guilty, but Frost pursues other lines of enquiry, leading him to question a London officer, who has been visiting the Denton police social club, about a motorcyclist who has been photographing joyriders in Beningfield Woods, where Martin's body is subsequently found.
b: 8 Jan 95 w: Christopher Russell d: Herbert Wise
gs: Michael Byrne [ Alex Ormrod ], Allie Byrne [ Ruth Ormrod ], Nathaniel Parker [ Stephen Milmore ], Richard Graham [ Tony Walder ], Jean Leppard [ Pam Walder ], Tat Whalley [ Nick Walder ], Sean Pertwee [ Darren Michael "Dazza" Scott ], Mary Healy [ Kate ], Del Henney [ John Kerns ], Duncan Bell [ Peter Winrow ], Phillip Joseph [ Stratton ], Malcolm Sinclair [ Chief Constable ], Rachael Weaver [ Diane Cooper ], Peter McNamara [ Trevor Cooper ], Derren Litten [ PC Hobbs ], Mark Burdis [ PC Naylor ], Nimmy March [ Mrs Pardoe ], David Killick [ Pathologist ], Constance Byrne [ Female protester ], Sally Cassin [ A & E nurse ], Joanna Dolan [ Girl at takeaway ]
Shirley Fisher, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Const Clive Barnard, Det Const Mark Howard, PC Ernie Trigg, PC Simms
An odd group of animal rights advocates attempting to sabotage a foxhunt at Denton Lacey includes a working-class teenager, Nick Walder, who is murdered by a severe blow to the head. Then another person associated with the anti-hunt protesters, a landscape gardener named Tom Cody, is found in the local woods dead by a shotgun blast. Frost is re-assigned the chief constable's nephew, DC Clive Barnard. Frost's investigations into the two deaths and any possible links take him to tea with the local squire and leading huntsman, Alex Ormrod, though Supt Mullett is apprehensive lest he upset the gentry. Meanwhile he fears his new housekeeper, Kate, is trying to get her feet under the table, and he strikes up his relationship with Shirley Fisher again.
b: 15 Jan 95 w: Christopher Russell d: UNCREDITED
gs: Larry Lamb [ Mike Ross ], Jon Morrison [ Ron Bignall ], Berwick Kaler [ Dave Leecroft ], Jason Cheater [ Adie Carr ], Craig Kelly [ Paul Gower ], Sekai Matimba [ Jamie Todd ], Alan Hunter [ Colin Drysdale ], Annie Tyson [ Wendy Drysdale ], Joseph Kpobie [ Darren Matthews ], Melissa Wilson [ Nicola Balmer ], Jane Wall [ Tonia Reece ], Joe Duttine [ Terry Blakeway ], Ismail Taylor-Kamara [ Vince Tyson ], Danny Dyer [ Shaun Everett ], James Ottaway [ Mr Adams ], Margaret Kinnon [ Kirsty Adams ], Kenny Baker-Brown [ Dean Wilks ], Karl Haynes [ Ray Walsh ], Caroline Harding [ A & E sister ], Paul Slack [ Tenant ], Amjad Saleen [ Hospital doctor ], Glenn Cunningham [ Fisherman ], Richard Sinnott [ Estate agent ], Tracey Booth [ Reception nurse ], Steve Ryan [ Football steward ]
Shirley Fisher, Sandy Longford, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Sgt Bill Wells, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Const Mark Howard, PC Ernie Trigg, Det Const Ketley
Frost's Saturday afternoon is disrupted by the discovery of a man's body floating in the river, and it turns out that he is not who he claimed to be, which was Colin Drysdale, a local headteacher. The mystery man is only ever known as 'Dead Male One' or 'Appendix Man'. Events become more intriguing when Adie Carr, the star player of the local soccer team, Denton Athletic, collapses during a press conference, following an incident on the pitch in which he received head injuries, but it turns out he had been poisoned. Two other members are being harrassed in various ways. Despite further missed dates, Frost decides to sell his house and move in with Shirley Fisher.
b: 22 Jan 95 w: Christopher Russell d: Roger Bamford
gs: Sally Dexter [ Det Sgt Maureen Lawson ], Billy Murray [ Bill Boxley ], Susan Brown [ Stella Boxley ], Dorian MacDonald [ Kevin Boxley ], Charlotte Cornwell [ Marion Parfitt ], Amanda Harris [ Liz Kelsey ], Rachel Robertson [ Rachel Mostyn ], Stephen Jameson [ Stuart Penrice ], David Carr [ Michael Heathfield ], Huggy Leaver [ Des Conrad ], Shirin Taylor [ Helen Cartwright ], James Hayes [ Jimmy Dunne ], Charlie Creed-Miles [ Alan Teal ], Kate Maravan [ Jamie Webster ], Craig Pocknell [ PC Heaton ], Alice MacDonald [ Receptionist ]
Shirley Fisher, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Arthur Hanlon, Det Const Mark Howard, PC Ernie Trigg, PC Simms
There is an armed payroll snatch at the local family-run Boxley glassworks, during which an employee is shot dead. The owner, Bill Boxley, who is one of the witnesses, is then threatened, and goes into hiding. The family has a tangled web of personal relationships, which Frost has to understand, in order to find who is doing the threatening. Meanwhile, Shirley Fisher's mother dies, and Frost fails to attend the funeral. When DS Lawson investigates a case of a "live-in burglar", she lets business and personal relationships mix, with serious consequences.
b: 29 Jan 95 w: Christopher Russell d: Don Leaver
gs: Neil Stuke [ Det Sgt Frank Nash ], Michael Kitchen [ Jonathan Meyerbridge ], David Ryall [ Edward Gull ], Belinda Sinclair [ Ruth Meyerbridge ], Sara Stevens [ Milly Atkinson ], Malcolm Terris [ Sykes ], Maggie Shevlin [ Gwen Holland ], Lill Roughley [ Mrs Charteris ], Glyn Grain [ Boris Ivanovich ], Sally Rogers [ Vicky Philips ], Kacey Ainsworth [ Carole Nash ], Joanne Wootton [ Helen ], Anthony Lewis [ Barnabas Meyerbridge ], Adam Scourfield [ Matthew Meyerbridge ], Sarah Doubery/Dubery(?) [ Sarah Meyerbridge ], Tim Barker [ Newsagent at ram raid ], Lorraine Sass [ Female patient ], Dan Armour [ Committee member ], Kittie Prince [ Betty Gunner ], Craig Pocknell [ PC Heaton ], Brendan Gore [ Big Dave ], Ruth Regan [ Woman at ram raid ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Det Ch Insp Peters, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, PC Simms, Det Const Lambert, WPC Jane Brent, PC Craven
When a beautiful young woman physiotherapist, Vicky Philips, is found viciously stabbed to death in her car in a car park, Frost consults the victim's personal organiser, from which a trail leads him to the religious community of the New Union Church, and their solicitor. But when progress is slow, he and his new assistant from London, DS Nash, are assigned to help DCI Peters investigate a series of ram raids.
b: 21 Jan 96 w: Robert Smith d: Peter Smith
gs: Russell Hunter [ Det Sgt Prentice ], Mel Martin [ Jane Fanshawe ], Joanna David [ Prue Hastings ], Martin Jarvis [ Harvey Wade ], Rebecca Lacey [ Anne-Marie Pearce ], Jan Harvey [ Yvonne Newbiggin ], Peter Wight [ Cyril Pearce ], James Faulkner [ Clifford Hastings ], Judith Paris [ Florence Allott & Barbara Dutton ], David Dixon [ Barry Curzon ], Jonathan Phillips [ Damien Law aka Frankie Barton ], Tilly Vosburgh [ Joy Barton ], Christopher Driscoll [ Bob Bowker ], Helen Pearson [ Addie Parsons ], Eric Mallett [ Ron ], Anthony Schaeffer [ Lawyer ], Gordon Banks [ Himself ], Simon Cunningham [ Colin Barton ], Frances Shergold [ Katie Barton ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Dr McKenzie, Rosalie Martin, Sandy Longford, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Johnnie Johnson, Sgt Bill Wells, WPC Jane Brent, Det Ch Insp Peters, Sgt Don Brady, PC Craven
A woman commits suicide naked in public, and Frost connects her death with the later death of a gigolo. He discovers that the dead man had business with several women in Denton. Meanwhile there appears to be a series of break-ins at the local cricket pavilion, and Supt Mullett, who is a member, orders Frost to investigate them as well as the murder.
b: 28 Jan 96 w: Alma Cullen d: Adrian Shergold
gs: Peter Gunn [ Sydney Snell ], Gwyneth Powell [ Kitty Rayford ], Emer Gillespie [ Nurse Julie Fleming ], Norman Tyrrell [ Harbin ], Tom Radcliffe [ Mark Grover ], Melanie Jessop [ Caroline Fleming/Evans ], Ian Peck [ Phil Collard ], Caroline O'Neill [ Maggie Hoxton ], Shelagh Fraser [ Mrs Hinkley ], Grant Masters [ Den Milton ], Virginia Fiol [ Lily Turner ], Amanda Garwood [ Lady GP ], Bill Riddoch [ Duncan Hammond (forensic examiner) ], Dermot Heaney [ Dougie Cooper ], Polly Kemp [ Dr Hamilton ], Myles Hoyle [ Maltby ], Shelley Willetts [ Mrs Milton ], Peter Geddis [ Neighbour ], Peter Waddington [ Rail inspector ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Dr McKenzie, Sandy Longford, Det Ch Insp Peters, Det Sgt Liz Maud, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Bill Wells, Det Const Collier, PC Ernie Trigg
The body of Lemmy Hoxton, a small-time burglar, is found at an abandoned farm. There is a spate of break-ins where the intruder gives the sleeping children injections, which reminds Frost of a similar series a few years earlier. A man returns home late one night to find his children dead and his wife missing. Frost's investigations make as many demands on his compassion as on his professional expertise, and he makes a serious error of judgement.
b: 16 Feb 97 w: Malcolm Bradbury d: Graham Theakston
gs: Anthony Bate [ Charlie Lawson ], Dean Harris [ Terry Wilson ], Jean Rimmer [ Dr Stone ], Luisa Bradshaw-White [ Joanna ], Edward Purver [ Matthew Lawson ], Laura Crossley [ Rachel Lawson ], Ashlie Walker [ Suzanne Lawson ], Stacey Winfield [ Melanie (Blackpool waitress) ], Mark Lambert [ Peter Lawson ], Jean Heywood [ Olive ], Charles Simon [ Harry ], Diana Payan [ Eva ], Diane Keen [ Janet ], Dave Fishley [ Lee Wilson (Matthew's workmate) ]
Rosalie Martin, Det Sgt George Toolan, Det Ch Insp Peters, Sgt Don Brady, WPC Hazel Wallace, Det Sgt Clive Barnard, WPC Holland, PC Ernie Trigg
Frost investigates two domestic cases. The first is the tragically straightforward murder of a cantankerous old man by his wife. The other is a more cruelly deceptive one, in which a man is killed, and his son and one of his daughters go missing: Frost tracks them down to Blackpool, where she has gone for an abortion - but who was the father? The answer leads him and DS Barnard into a tragic confrontation with an armed and dangerous paedophile.
b: 2 Mar 97 w: Sian Orrells d: David Reynolds
gs: Cheryl Campbell [ Diana Grey ], Dominic Letts [ Lester Bryce-Jones ], Suzan Sylvester [ Debbie Viner ], Kate McEnery [ Leonie Viner ], Peter Kelly [ Brian ], Ian Driver [ Det Const Chris Jordan ], David Blair [ PC Martins ], Thomas Wheatley [ Chief Constable ], Simone Bendix [ Joanna Kenworthy ], Jane Wheldon [ Mrs Dale ], Judy Browne [ Staff nurse ], Alison Lintott [ Miss Dill ], Joseph Kpobie [ Darren Matthews ], Phil Atkinson [ Petrol attendant ], Chris Armstrong [ Fisherman ], Rupert Degas [ Insurance rep ], Bev Willis [ Barman ], Paul Williamson [ Chairman ], David Summer [ TV journalist ], Peter Glancy [ Hospital porter ], Christopher Grimes [ Shop assistant ], Nick Wilkinson [ Ian Priest (Appendix man) ], The Lydian String Quartet [ Musicians ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Sandy Longford, Det Sgt Hazel Wallace, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
Hazel Wallace returns from her training, as the new Detective Sergeant, and is put to work by Supt Mullett sorting out the mess of paperwork left behind by DI Frost, while Frost is on extended compassionate leave, as Mullett is up for promotion. Meanwhile Frost takes posession of his house upon completion of the repairs and refurbishment paid for by the insurance company following the earlier fire. Before long Wallace is called upon, when a man is found hanged in his home, and she suspects it was not suicide. Routine investigations show that a fresh set of fingerprints at the scene belong to an unidentified man, naed 'Appendix Man', who had been found drowned a year previously in Denton's river. Frost is summoned back by Supt Mullett to sort things out, and he connects a painting that appears to have been stolen from the hanged man with an art robbery & murder eight years before at the local Black Farm.
b: 7 Mar 99 w: Malcolm Bradbury d: Sandy Johnson
gs: Emma Kay [ WPC Roberts ], Niall O'Brien [ Gerry Ryan ], Tom Georgeson [ Jim Scott ], Cyril Nri [ Warren Barber ], Ginny Holder [ Naomi Barber ], Martin Gower [ Geoff Owens ], Eluned Jones [ Christine Owens ], Daniel Betts [ Mark Owens ], Victoria Allen [ Jane Owens ], Thomas Jamerson [ Rickie Bayley ], Linda Armstrong [ Det Insp Alice Beale ], James Barriscale [ PC Tom Haliday ], Trevor Sellers [ Allen Deering ], Elizabeth Downes [ Marjorie Deering ], Gilly Coman [ Julia Ryan ], Steve Osbourne [ Harry Radcliffe ], Howard Crossley [ Dave Hurley ], Jenny Howe [ Anne Waldron ], Joe Montana [ Joop ], Liam Barr [ Boy ]
Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady
Frost has trouble remembering to pay his household bills, and offers to take in a junior colleague, who is a trainee dog handler, and his trainee dog. Frost has to investigate two deaths simultaneously: a homeless teenage girl, Jane Owens, found beaten up and drowned in Denton's river; and that of an environmental health officer, Warren Barber, after a dismembered arm is washed up on the shoreline on the other side of England, near Hull. The first investigation takes him into the world of Denton's homeless; the second leads to the investigation of a local meat processing factory.
b: 14 Mar 99 w: Michael Russell d: Alan Dossor
gs: Susan Penhaligon [ Pam Hartley ], Michelle Joseph [ Det Const Ronni Lonnegan ], Michael Cochrane [ HMI Babcock ], Barrie Ingham [ Arnold Harris ], Jason Merrells [ Michael Patterson ], Julian Wadham [ Harry Monkton ], Annette Ekblom [ Fiona Monkton ], Gerrard McArthur [ Paul Harris ], Sherry Baines [ Jean Harris ], Barry Jackson [ Walter ], Jonjo O'Neill [ Jeffrey Meadows ], James Flynn [ Paul Matthews ], Kate Maberly [ Melanie Monkton ], Sidney Kean [ Fabriani ], Ben McCosker [ Stevie Nesbit ], Bill Riddoch [ Duncan Hammond (forensic examiner) ], Natalie Morse [ Rita ], Sarah Nash [ Mrs Pomeroy ], Martin Oldfield [ Speaker ], Andrew French [ Engineer ], Colin Meredith [ Canoe instructor ], Reece Andrews [ Officer ]
Dr McKenzie, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt George Toolan, PC Ernie Trigg, Sgt Don Brady
A body with no identification is found in a local reservoir, and a couple fall victim to a brutal killer in their own home. Frost is assigned a new, female, West Indian detective constable, Ronni Lonnegan, and gets off to a bad start with a few racially-insensitive remarks. He then reluctantly accepts the help of a psychological profiler, psychiatrist Pam Hartley, who he met at a conference. Meanwhile, there is an inspection of Denton Police underway, and Frost's old-fashioned methods are not endearing him to the inspector, so Supt Mullett is forced to give him more support than usual.
b: 27 Jan 02 w: David Gilman d: Roger Bamford
gs: Susan Penhaligon [ Pam Hartley ], Michelle Joseph [ Det Const Ronni Lonnegan ], Michael Cochrane [ HMI Babcock ], Barrie Ingham [ Arnold Harris ], Jason Merrells [ Michael Patterson ], Julian Wadham [ Harry Monkton ], Annette Ekblom [ Fiona Monkton ], Barry Jackson [ Walter ], Jonjo O'Neill [ Jeffrey Meadows ], James Flynn [ Paul Matthews ], Kate Maberly [ Melanie Monkton ], Ben McCosker [ Stevie Nesbit ], Michael Bertenshaw [ Tony Chalmers ], Muriel Barker [ Evelyn Post ], Liam Noble [ Lionel Grange ], Joanna Bacon [ Tessa Meadows ], Elliott Young [ Billy Simpson ], Joanne Allen [ Susan Talbot ], Reece Andrews [ Officer ], Steve Weston [ Engineer ], Phyllis McMahon [ Irene Malloy ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, PC Ernie Trigg, Sgt Don Brady
Background enquiries turn up two previous deaths, which appear related to the case. But their initial suspect, armed bank-robber Charlie Lehman, turns out to have died in prison over a year earlier. As they work to profile the killer they are hunting, Frost starts to get close to Hartley personally as well as professionally, though neither realises just how closely she is linked to the case until it is almost too late. Frost has a race against time to find where she is being held.
b: 28 Jan 02 w: David Gilman d: Roger Bamford
gs: Robert Glenister [ Det Sgt Terrence Reid ], Beatie Edney [ Sheila Hadley ], Sean Blowers [ Sgt Alan Hadley ], Sophie Stanton [ Cathy Thompson ], Leagh Conwell [ Robbie Thompson ], Helen Masters [ Eileen Cleary ], Michael McKell [ Jack Flynn ], John Harding [ Sullivan ], Donald Sumpter [ Maynard ], Gary Powell [ George Starkey ], Simon Meacock [ Gary Tinley ], Stuart Bowman [ PC Kenny Russell ], Sarah Kirkman [ Det Const Giles ], Robert Horwell [ Det Const Malcolm Chandler ], Bill Riddoch [ Duncan Hammond (forensic examiner) ], Danielle Lydon [ Tracy Miller ], Adrian Preater [ Surgeon ], Jeremy Peters [ Senior prison officer ], Reece Andrews [ Team leader ], Julie Higginson [ Patricia ]
Dr McKenzie, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
Frost is protecting Cathy Thompson, a vital witness to a murder committed by Jack Flynn, who has hired a hit-man to eliminate her. He requests the help again of DS Reid, because of his contacts in the London underworld, where Flynn comes from. But with the hit-man finding the safe house easily, it's obvious that there's a leak coming from someone inside the protection team. Then one of the armed team is shot dead while trying to apprehend a second hit-man. Meanwhile Frost has mislaid his jackpot-winning lottery ticket, and has to get Ernie Trigg to search the station for it.
b: 19 Jan 03 w: David Gilman d: Paul Harrison
gs: Jimmy Yuill [ Charles Lightfoot ], Maurice Roëves [ Stuart Mackintosh ], Jane Gurnett [ Janet Carter ], Jim Sturgess [ Laurence Burrell ], Rob Spendlove [ Martin Burrell ], Elizabeth Rider [ Helen Burrell ], Paterson Joseph [ Colin Stokes ], Sheila Whitfield [ Sally Stokes ], Samuel Graham [ Ben Stokes ], Andy De La Tour [ Oscar Manning ], Wayne Foskett [ Les Jameson ], Mike Savage [ Bill Duggan ], Michael Jenn [ Alec McGuiness ], Stephen Rashbrook [ Police doctor ], Ian Barritt [ Mr Weston ], Cate Fowler [ Mrs Weston ], Norman Beg [ Takeaway delivery man ], Liam Fox [ Removal firm guard ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, Det Sgt Hazel Wallace, Sgt Don Brady
Laurence Burrell, an autistic young man, is the only witness to an attack on a security guard at Denton Quarry, but he claims that aliens were responsible. Superintendent Mullett asks Frost to investigate a series of burglaries on homes that have been recently occupied, and drafts him in some help, in the form of Det Sgt Hazel Wallace, who sometimes has to bring her new baby Emma into work. Frost is also suspicious about the link between a local takeaway delivery service and another series of burglaries. Then a seven-year old child of divorced parents goes missing, and the father is unable to account convincingly for his whereabouts in the hours afterwards. Frost wonders if there is a coincidental link between him and the first series of burglaries. Meanwhile, his suspicions are growing about what is happening behind the scenes at the quarry, and how it relates to a proposed large development in the area that would include it.
b: 3 Mar 03 w: Michael Russell d: Paul Harrison
gs: Robert Glenister [ Det Sgt Terrence Reid ], Alastair Galbraith [ John Palmer ], Emma Amos [ Emma Palmer ], Ryan Watson [ Bobby Palmer ], Heather Louise Cameron [ Helen Palmer ], Nigel Hastings [ Martin Drew ], Jennifer Hennessy [ Elizabeth Drew ], Jamie Knox [ Alan Drew ], Nicholas Woodeson [ Anton Caldwell ], Elizabeth Bennett [ Psychiatrist ], Emma Pierson [ Alice Thompson ], Bill Riddoch [ Duncan Hammond (forensic examiner) ], Julia St John [ Amanda Chase ], Anna Keaveney [ Phyliss Morgan ], Dylan Brown [ Phil Stevens ], Amanda Horlock [ Cheryl Stevens ], Richard Vanstone [ Jimmy Holborn ], Huw David Thomas [ Security guard ], Mark Penfold [ Superintendant ], Julie Teal [ Det Const Slater ], Jonathan McGuinness [ Det Const Wilson ], Eileen Dunwoodie [ Det Const Marsden ], Eilis Hetherington [ Asst Chief Const #2 ], Debby Bishop [ Josie Metcalf ], David Slack [ Peter Johnson ], Katherine Tozer [ Young mum ], Caroline Woodruff [ Doctor #1 ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
A 10-year-old boy, Bobby Palmer, disappears from the terraces at Denton Football Club in the middle of a match, while his father is distracted. A man's body is found by a roadside, having been hit by a vehicle, but the patholgist suspects he was battered first. Frost finds out that the man was a known pedophile, who was living in Denton without registering with the police. A boy's body is then discovered on a local rubbish tip, but it turns out to be someone other than Bobby Palmer. Soon, Frost realises that there is a pedophile ring operating in Denton, and the race is on to identify them and catch them before more children fall into their clutches. Superintendant Mullett persuades Frost to apply for promotion to Chief Inspector, even though it will result in a transfer away from his beloved CID work to a desk job. And there is the distraction of a secret admirer who is showering Frost with gifts, causing the whole station to wonder who it is, and why.
b: 14 Sep 03 w: David Gilman d: Roger Bamford
gs: Sally Dexter [ Det Sgt Maureen Lawson ], Amanda Root [ Delores Delmonte ], Nigel Betts [ Reginald Muldane ], Ken Drury [ Oscar Belmont ], David Cardy [ Len Morrison ], Julia StJohn [ Amanda Chase ], Bill Riddoch [ Duncan Hammond (forensic examiner) ], Bernard Holley [ Chief Constable ], Rosie Thomson [ Jenny Burrows ], Hazel Ellerby [ Jay Burrows ], Simon Scott [ Dr Patrick Knight ], Lucy Robinson [ Antonia Knight ], Mona Hammond [ Mrs Chalmers ], Joanna Van Gyseghem [ Mrs Burnley ], Francis Middleditch [ Senior manager ], Taryn Kay [ Shelley Warner ], Sam Dastor [ Ruanda Majendie ], Matthew Cullum [ Dentist ], Adam Deacon [ Darryl Stephens ], Stephen Wight [ Ritchie Mason ], Richard Lloyd [ Stationery shop owner ], Adrian McLoughlin [ Shoe repair man ], Richard A Jones [ Dr Knight's lawyer ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, PC Ernie Trigg
Returning from his seven months suspension, Frost is immediately plunged into two parallel murder investigations, despite a defective police lollipop causing him the need for major, painful dentistry. A man's body is pulled from the canal, with £6000 in cash on him, but no identifying papers. Frost's investigations reveal not one, but two, separate lives that he led, and how he financed them. Meanwhile, at a local fridge recycling holding site, a dismembered man's body is found in one of fridges. All the body parts fit together, except that he has two left feet - could he be linked to the local ballroom dancing scene?
b: 26 Oct 03 w: David Gilman d: Roger Bamford
gs: Nicholas Burns [ Det Const Jasper Tranter ], Clive Wood [ Stephen Richford ], Jill Baker [ Elizabeth Richford ], Louisa Gilpin [ Sarah Richford ], Claire Cox [ Julie Brown ], Amber Sainsbury [ Heather Wills ], Sandy McDade [ Dianne Hawkins ], Andrew Dunford [ Colin Bayliss ], Patrick Baladi [ Edward D'Arblay ], Ania Dykczak [ Renata ], Julian Rivett [ Terry Hirst ], Zoë Henry [ DC Victoria Cook ], Renny Krupinsky [ Frank Wills ], Peter Forbes [ Morgan ], Jeremy Gittins [ Marcus ], Noel Clarke [ Kenny ], Andy Quine [ Tony Pember ], Simeon Truby [ Peter Lacy ], Sue Ellen Koczwara [ Interpreter ], Simona Dumitrescu-Armstrong [ Ivanna ], Vicky Dobravolski [ Ania ], Reece Andrews [ ARU Commander ]
Dr McKenzie, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
Frost gets a new assistant, outstanding geography graduate and computer expert DC Jasper Tranter. After fetching Frost an egg sandwich from the canteen, he has to help investigate a man who is found dead at a bottle bank having recently won thousands of pounds on a bet. The trail leads to a pole dancing club, illegal foreign migrants, an escort agency and a gang of people smugglers, and then there is another suspicious death. Meanwhile Frost is being indecisive about whether to join a local gym.
b: 22 Feb 04 w: Christopher Blake & Tony Charles d: Roy Battersby
gs: Philip Jackson [ Det Sgt Sharpe ], Sara Stewart [ Martine Phillips ], Jeff Rawle [ Steve Markham ], Danny Webb [ Fr David Rose ], Lia Williams [ Sylvia Ford ], Mick Ford [ Bill Ford ], Julia Dalkin [ Det Const Bennett ], Julia StJohn [ Dr Amanda Chase ], Amanda Royle [ Helen Croft ], Katie Gale [ Lucy Croft ], Rosie Timpson [ Mary Toolan ], Adam Allfrey [ Larry Arnold ], Cornelius Macarthy [ Dr Howell ], Carol Ackerty [ Adele Metcalfe ], Joanna Ingram [ Phillippa Murray ], Simon Hedger [ ICU doctor ], Martin Jones [ Officer ]
Dr McKenzie, Derek Simpkins (pathologist), Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
DS Toolan is severely injured while assisting Frost prevent a suicide, so Frost gets a temporary new assistant, DS Sharpe. A widow and her teenage daughter are viciously attacked in their own home by an intruder who leaves no trace. Frost's team soon find that the crime matches several others committed in the previous few years, and a psychological profiler, Martine Phillips, is brought in to assist. The killer strikes again far more quickly than expected, so they know that they are close to him, and they have to race against time to identify him from amongst their suspects before he can strike again.
b: 25 Sep 05 w: David Gilman d: Paul Harrison
gs: Cherie Lunghi [ Det Supt Annie Marsh ], Dearbhla Molloy [ Linda Heal ], Stephen Kennedy [ Andy Heal ], Sarah Ball [ Sarah Heal ], Jason Maza [ John Heal ], Vick Hopps [ Jessica Green ], Daren Elliott Holmes [ Mark Harrison ], Joe Renton [ Tony Woods ], Brett Allen [ Robert Trusham ], Vincent Riotta [ Philip Townsend ], Julia St John [ Amanda Chase ], Daniel Anthony [ Lewis ], Jack Cheyette [ Palmer ], Richard Clews [ Lofty Parker ], Joanne Mitchell [ Joan Atkins ], Sally Hurst [ Trish Monroe ], Rachel Ferjani [ Helen Campbell ], Sagar Arya [ Forensic Officer Nahmad ], James Albrecht [ Brock ], Kenneth Hadley [ Gas company supervisor ], Josephine Cook [ Forecourt woman ], Rupert Mason [ Forecourt man ], Alex Hardy [ Pool manager ], Jacob Krichefsky [ Doctor ], Naomi Capron [ Solicitor ], Don Crann [ Homeless man ], Ann Aris [ Elderly passenger ]
Dr McKenzie, Det Sgt George Toolan, Sgt Don Brady, PC Ernie Trigg
Frost finds himself working again with Det Supt Annie Marsh, a former colleague how got him suspended after making a formal complaint about his handling of a case. They have two cases to work on. A clown is found murdered in an alleyway in Denton town center, after he has robbed a couple of the houses where he has been entertaining children's parties, and where he inadvertantly terrified a child's mother with a phobia of clowns - she later bumps into him in the town center, but can't remember what she did after that. Two people are abducted from a bus late at night: the driver and a female bus company employee. The driver is released, but a search is instigated to find the woman, made more urgent as she is a diabetic and did not have her insulin with her. This latter investigation leads Frost to try a dangerous rescue in a lift shaft, against Marsh's misgivings.
b: 19 Oct 086 w: David Gilman d: Roger Bamford
Thanks to George Fergus for getting this started.
Some novels by R(odney) D. Wingfield on which the series is based are: A Touch of Frost , Night Frost [1992?], Frost at Christmas , Hard Frost , and Winter Frost .
From Episode 25, various numbering conventions have been applied to the series by various bodies.
Episodes 1 - 15 were available on PAL VHS video in the UK from Marks & Spencer some years ago,
and Episodes 1 - 20 have also been available on PAL VHS video from Britannia Video.
A DVD copy of "Close Encounters" was distributed with The Sun through Asda in September 2003.
A DVD copy of "House Calls" was distributed with The Sun via a send-away offer on 29 Jan 2004.
Episodes 1 - 16 are now available in the UK on PAL VHS video from Universal Playback.
Episodes 1 - 40 are now available in the UK on Region 2 DVD from Universal Playback.
Episodes 1 - 37 are now available in N America on Region 1 DVD from MPI Media Group.
There is a soundtrack CD available in the UK - for details, see here.
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