The BEST Episodes of A Touch of Frost

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

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.

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If Dogs Run Free (2)

#1 - If Dogs Run Free (2)

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 5, 2010

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 8.74
93 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell, R.D. Winfield
Held In Trust

#2 - Held In Trust

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 14, 2003

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 8.55
99 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Endangered Species

#3 - Endangered Species

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 5, 2006

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 8.46
68 votes
Directors: Roy Battersby
Writers: Christopher Blake, Tony Charles
Benefit of the Doubt (2)

#4 - Benefit of the Doubt (2)

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2001

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 8.42
57 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Line of Fire (2)

#5 - Line of Fire (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 1, 2000

Frost continues to try to identify the detective's killer. The task is complicated by a bizarre series of pet shootings, about which he is reluctantly forced to seek help from a computer system run by a seconded new junior WPC. His pursuit leads to a confrontation high above a power station.

star 8.27
63 votes
Directors: Robert Knights
Writers: Michael Russell
No Refuge

#6 - No Refuge

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 1995

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 8.22
105 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Christopher Russell
In the Public Interest

#7 - In the Public Interest

Season 14 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

Three naked bodies are found buried, and laid out in the shape of a triangle. Meanwhile, there is trouble when a multi-millionaire businessman decides to relocate his corporate headquarters to Denton.

star 8.21
76 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Thomas Ellice
Appropriate Adults

#8 - Appropriate Adults

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 1995

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 is hiding something.

star 8.20
171 votes
Directors: Herbert Wise
Writers: Christopher Russell
Stranger in the House

#9 - Stranger in the House

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 30, 1994

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 8.17
200 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Christopher Russell
Mind Games

#10 - Mind Games

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2008

A man is released on licence after serving 20 years for the murder of a 14-year-old girl. When the body of her best friend, who disappeared at the same time, is found, Frost has to investigate a 20-year-old murder.

star 8.14
77 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Elaine Collins, R.D. Winfield
True Confessions

#11 - True Confessions

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 23, 1997

A man's church confession provides an insight into what appears to be a straightforward murder. But before Frost can make an arrest, he is suspended over the outcome of a related case 10 years earlier.

star 8.10
79 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: Michael Russell
Paying the Price

#12 - Paying the Price

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 1996

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 8.09
144 votes
Directors: Ross Devenish
Writers: Christopher Russell
Appendix Man

#13 - Appendix Man

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 7, 1999

Hazel Wallace returns from her training, as the new Detective Sergeant, and is put to work by Supt Mullett sorting out the mess left behind by DI Frost, while he is on extended compassionate leave. Before long she 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 who had been found drowned a year previously. 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 some years before.

star 8.02
143 votes
Directors: Sandy Johnson
Writers: Malcolm Bradbury
The Things We Do For Love

#14 - The Things We Do For Love

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 1996

A young woman is found viciously stabbed to death. Frost consults the victim's personal organiser, from which a trail leads him to a religious community.

star 8.00
101 votes
Directors: Adrian Shergold
Writers: Alma Cullen
Mistaken Identity (1)

#15 - Mistaken Identity (1)

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 27, 2002

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.

star 7.99
109 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Hidden Truth

#16 - Hidden Truth

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 19, 2003

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 7.96
145 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: David Gilman
Dancing In The Dark

#17 - Dancing In The Dark

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 22, 2004

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 7.95
75 votes
Mistaken Identity (2)

#18 - Mistaken Identity (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2002

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
95 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
Nothing to Hide

#19 - Nothing to Hide

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 23, 1994

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 7.93
204 votes
Directors: John Glenister
Writers: Richard Harris
Another Life

#20 - Another Life

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 2003

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 7.93
116 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman
If Dogs Run Free (1)

#21 - If Dogs Run Free (1)

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 4, 2010

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 7.92
148 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell, R.D. Winfield
Widows and Orphans

#22 - Widows and Orphans

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 16, 1994

Frost investigates a series of break-ins and brutal attacks at the homes of elderly people. He is helped by a female detective, DS Lawson, who also offers him advice on his personal life.

star 7.92
155 votes
Directors: Roy Battersby
Writers: Richard Harris
Close Encounters

#23 - Close Encounters

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 3, 2003

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 7.90
102 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Michael Russell
A Minority of One

#24 - A Minority of One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 1994

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 7.89
187 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: Christopher Russell
Benefit of the Doubt (1)

#25 - Benefit of the Doubt (1)

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 14, 2001

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 7.86
107 votes
Directors: Roger Bamford
Writers: David Gilman