A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
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Held in Trust 

As Frost has mixed emotions about promotion, a young boy is reported missing and the malnourished corpse of a youngster is presumed to be his.


Roger Bamford


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Insp. Jack Frost
Bruce Alexander ... Supt. Mullett
Robert Glenister ... D.S. Reid
John Lyons ... D.S. Toolan
Nicholas Woodeson ... Anton Caldwell
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ... Psychiatrist
Julia St John Julia St John ... Amanda Chase
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Phyliss Morgan
Alastair Galbraith ... John Palmer
Emma Amos ... Emma Palmer
Ryan Watson Ryan Watson ... Bobby Palmer
Heather Cameron-McLintock Heather Cameron-McLintock ... Helen Palmer (as Heather Louise Cameron)
Nigel Hastings ... Martin Drew
Jennifer Hennessy ... Elizabeth Drew
Jamie Knox Jamie Knox ... Alan Drew


Presents keep arriving at Denton Police station from Frost's new secret admirer, though their identity turns out to be ironic, rather than adoring. He is up for promotion but Mullet seems to be more enthusiastic on his behalf and he even walks out of an interview panel because duty calls - a very sad duty, in fact. Bobby Palmer has gone missing whilst at a football match with his father, and there seems no doubt that the corpse discovered in a shed is his. The body of a second, malnourished boy, is also found dumped but this at least allows Frost to save a third lad from a grasping family. The fact that Anton Caldwell, a known paedophile, has been released from another area, and is living unsupervised in a local hostel fills him with rage, causing him to berate the psychiatrist who can only point out to him the failings of the system. Caldwell is not only a seedy little man but an extremely provocative one who taunts the police, saying that he 'loves' children and that it is quite all... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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14 September 2003 (UK) See more »

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Denton FC football ground is in fact the real football ground of Halifax FC . It was used for two different episodes of "A Touch Of Frost". The other episode was filmed there in 1994. The football ground is nicknamed The Shay & is in West Yorkshire. See more »


Insp. Jack Frost: I think if anything has happened to that little boy, we should cast off any pretence of civilization and bring back the death penalty.
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Really hit me hard
5 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.

Was a little let down by Season 10's opening episode "Hidden Truth", not a bad episode but the weakest 'Frost' episode seen at that point of the show with Seasons 1-9 being of such a high standard. The brilliant "Close Encounters" more than made up for it, and was blown away even more by this episode "Held in Trust".

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 well written, with a few very amusing quips from Frost, and is thought-provoking and sometimes emotionally affecting. The story is a hard-hitting mix of the suspenseful, the harrowing and the poignant, handling a sensitive and important subject and handling it tactfully and in a way that makes the events terrifying and heart-wrenching. The climax has a lot of tension, and the villain is to me the single most repellent on the whole of 'A Touch of Frost', it is no wonder Frost acted the way he did even though you don't condone it.

Other cases are hardly neglected and make strong impact, and Frost's promotion subplot is very well done. It is the main case though and how it handled its theme that story-wise is the revelation.

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 Robert Glenister all solid as rocks. The performance of the villain is also effectively skin-crawling.

Overall, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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