The BEST Episodes of A Touch of Frost

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2019

Network: ITV1

Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a disorganised DI for the Denton Police Force and will do anything to see that justice is done, even if he has to break the rules.

If Dogs Run Free (2)

#1 - If Dogs Run Free (2)

Season 15 - Episode 2

Frost considers retiring from the Police force and plans to get married, ending the series, however DS George Toolan dies of heart failure following a collision outside the church where the wedding is about to take place. It is noteworthy that an alternate ending was filmed, where Frost is killed instead of George, but David Jason chose the 'happier' ending over this one.

star 8.45
33 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell, R.D. Winfield
If Dogs Run Free (1)

#2 - If Dogs Run Free (1)

Season 15 - Episode 1

The first in the final two-part episode in the series sees Frost attempting to crack an illegal dog-fighting ring, only to discover that its manager, a wealthy Denton businessman, has links to a drug-smuggling operation. Frost also begins to form a relationship with RSPCA Inspector Christine Moorhead, and attempts to finally get over the death of his wife.

star 8.38
34 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell, R.D. Winfield
Stranger in the House

#3 - Stranger in the House

Season 2 - Episode 4

Frost is invited to join fellow George Cross recipients in London. He is instructed to enlist the aid of WPC Hazel Wallace as a decoy to catch a serial rapist, but it exposes her to serious danger.

star 8.22
49 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Christopher Russell
Endangered Species

#4 - Endangered Species

Season 13 - Episode 1

Frost responds to a call for help but, when he arrives at the scene, all he finds is a disembodied leg… and a crocodile!

star 8.12
34 votes
Directors: Roy Battersby
Writers: Tony Charles, Christopher Blake
No Other Love

#5 - No Other Love

Season 5 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.09
45 votes
Directors: David Reynolds
Writers: Sian Orrells
No Refuge

#6 - No Refuge

Season 3 - Episode 4

There is an armed robbery at a local family-run glassworks, in which an employee is shot dead. The owner, 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 he fails to attend the funeral. DS Lawson lets business and personal relationships mix, with serious consequences.

star 8.00
41 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Christopher Russell
Hidden Truth

#7 - Hidden Truth

Season 10 - Episode 1

A vital witness to a gangland killing goes missing before she can give evidence in court, And frost finds himself under pressure to find her and her son before a hitman can get to them. Frost thinks he has won the lottery but he has lost his ticket!

star 7.98
49 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: David Gilman
Held In Trust

#8 - Held In Trust

Season 10 - Episode 3

DI Frost pursues a paedophile suspected of abducting a 10-year-old boy from a Denton Town football match. Initially, Frost is unsure whether the lad simply ran away or is genuinely the victim of a kidnapping, but when the boy is found dead and a man is found dead following a hit and run incident, the identity of the latter creates a frightening link to the missing child. When a second child turns up dead in a deserted quarry, Frost is in a desperate race against time to stop a third child being murdered. While Frost is contending with this a note arrives from a secret admirer and Mullet tries to push Frost into a promotion he doesn't want.

star 7.97
37 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Dancing In The Dark

#9 - Dancing In The Dark

Season 11 - Episode 2

Pole dancers, false passports and murder. A lethal combination of events draws Inspector Jack Frost and his new assistant into a tragic case of lust, greed and death

star 7.97
37 votes
Benefit of the Doubt (2)

#10 - Benefit of the Doubt (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2

With the railroad murder solved, Frost tries to come to terms with having an previously unknown daughter. Detective Reid is sent to look for contraband cigarettes, but is found nearly dead on a public toilet. Was he high, or did Frost´s lookalike have anything to do with it? Meanwhile, Frost eliminates suspect after suspect in the surgeon murder, and ends up saving several lives.

star 7.95
21 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Mistaken Identity (2)

#11 - Mistaken Identity (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.94
32 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Dead End

#12 - Dead End

Season 14 - Episode 2

A bus driver and conductress are abducted. Frost is unhappy at being paired with DS Marsh, who made a complaint about him 15 years before.

star 7.91
43 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Another Life

#13 - Another Life

Season 11 - Episode 1

After a seven-month long suspension, Frost is back on the job. His first case is a floater in Denton River, with £6000 in his pockets. The man also carries with him a list with four sets of mysterious numbers, and the keys to two different cars. The local dance competion is the venue for another drama: a missing con man who recently switched dance partner, and a woman with a Hollywood name and a terrible temper - who keeps on ordering new fridges for her dance partners... But Frost is more interested in getting his teeth back in order after a particularly vicious lollipop.

star 7.90
50 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Nothing to Hide

#14 - Nothing to Hide

Season 2 - Episode 3

Upon investigation, Frost discovers that the apparently accidental death of a drug addict was actually murder. He also decides to confront an aspect of his own past.

star 7.89
53 votes
Directors: John Glenister
Writers: Richard Harris
Paying the Price

#15 - Paying the Price

Season 4 - Episode 1

Frost's house is burned down, and he moves in with a colleague temporarily. A mysterious, ruthless kidnapper on a motorcycle tests Frost's skills to the limit. It proves a tough case to crack, and for the abducted woman, time is running out.

star 7.88
50 votes
Directors: Ross Devenish
Writers: Christopher Russell

#16 - Conclusions

Season 1 - Episode 3

Frost investigates an MP's son who is involved in a hit-and-run accident, and a robbery at a private casino, which occur on the same night. He gets a humorless new partner to assist him.

star 7.86
70 votes
Writers: Richard Harris
Unknown Soldiers

#17 - Unknown Soldiers

Season 4 - Episode 2

Frost is held at gunpoint by a drugs dealer, a Territorial soldier is shot dead on an exercise, and a security van is robbed by a shotgun-wielding gang. Frost investigates the three incidents, and tries to find any links between them. His intrusions onto the army base stir up hostility from the commanding officer.

star 7.84
45 votes
Directors: Adrian Shergold
Writers: Michael Russell
Fun Times For Swingers

#18 - Fun Times For Swingers

Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.83
46 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Robert Smith

#19 - Quarry

Season 3 - Episode 2

An odd group of animal rights advocates attempting to sabotage a foxhunt includes a working-class teenager, who is murdered. Then another person associated with the anti-hunt protesters is murdered. His investigations take Frost to tea with a local squire, but Supt Mullett is apprehensive lest he upset the gentry.

star 7.79
43 votes
Writers: Christopher Russell
A Minority of One

#20 - A Minority of One

Season 2 - Episode 1

Frost is assigned a new, West Indian detective constable, Clive Tanner; transferred in to help him investigate a string of commercial burglaries, which leads him to a black family on the local Eastdean estate, that he calls ""the crime academy"", while feeling guilt over the death of one of his informants. Will the arrest of the apparent culprit lead to accusations of police racism?

star 7.79
62 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: Christopher Russell
Care and Protection

#21 - Care and Protection

Season 1 - Episode 1

Nursing his terminally-ill wife, Det Insp ""Jack"" Frost's life becomes more stressed when, during a missing-child investigation, he unearths evidence on a 30-year-old case involving a skeleton chained to a locked strongbox that turns out to be empty.

star 7.78
88 votes
Writers: Richard Harris
Benefit of the Doubt (1)

#22 - Benefit of the Doubt (1)

Season 8 - Episode 1

While Denton´s female population has to watch out for a con man posing as Frost, Frost himself has more dire concerns: a woman found dead by the railroad. To top it off, Frost has to work with a soon-to-be wash-out with possible drug problems. Then a disliked surgeon goes missing, and turns up dead.

star 7.76
41 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Not with Kindness

#23 - Not with Kindness

Season 1 - Episode 2

Frost investigates the murder of a teenage girl, and the case of a woman who has been receiving threatening phone calls. Meanwhile, at the Denton police station, there are threats, deaths, arson and a staff shortage.

star 7.75
80 votes
Writers: Richard Harris
Close Encounters

#24 - Close Encounters

Season 10 - Episode 2

Denton's last remaining quarry is vandalised. Frost finds a baby in his office and is delighed to discover it belongs to DS (previously WPC) Hazel Wallace. He gets Hazel to look into some burglary's that have been occuring just after removal jobs have been completed. At the quarry a second body is found, which causes them to call the police. The only witness to the murder is an autistic boy, who immediately becomes prime suspect. Frost finds out about some dodgy dealings in the past between the quarry owner and his former partner. The boy escapes through a window and the Officers on duty get a sever telling off. A woman comes in saying her 7-year-old son has been abducted by her husband. The quarry owner then turns up dead in a brook a small way from the quarry. The boy is found but he has rigged the Autistic boy is found and he has rigged Denton Quarry with explosives and threataning to blow the quarry and himself up. Frost manages to get the boy down but the explosives in the boy's bag still explode. Frost then goes and arrests the quarry owner's partner for the double murder and finds the other boy safe and sound in a removals depot. He arrests the missing boy's father for robbery.

star 7.74
35 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell
Near Death Experience

#25 - Near Death Experience

Season 12 - Episode 1

The murder of a widow soon gives Frost a chance to prove his worth again, but the investigation only reveals an intriguing web of deceit, and it isn't until a forensic psychologist joins the team that they realise a serial killer is at work.

star 7.73
45 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: David Gilman