The Best Episodes of A Touch of Frost

Mistaken Identity (2)

#1 - Mistaken Identity (2) 8.80

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.

Directors: Roger Bamford
If Dogs Run Free (2)

#2 - If Dogs Run Free (2) 8.53

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.

Directors: Paul Harrison
Stranger in the House

#3 - Stranger in the House 8.50

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.

Directors: Don Leaver
No Refuge

#4 - No Refuge 8.50

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.

Directors: Don Leaver
Paying the Price

#5 - Paying the Price 8.47

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.

Directors: Ross Devenish
No Other Love, aka Love Me Tender

#6 - No Other Love, aka Love Me Tender 8.47

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.

Directors: David Reynolds
Nothing to Hide

#7 - Nothing to Hide 8.46

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.

Directors: John Glenister
Benefit of the Doubt (2)

#8 - Benefit of the Doubt (2) 8.43

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.

Directors: Roger Bamford
Fun Time For Swingers

#9 - Fun Time For Swingers 8.43

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.

Directors: Peter Smith
Dead End

#10 - Dead End 8.39

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.

Directors: Roger Bamford
If Dogs Run Free (1)

#11 - If Dogs Run Free (1) 8.34

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.

Directors: Paul Harrison
Private Lives

#12 - Private Lives 8.34

Season 6 - Episode 3

A woman is found in a critical condition in a quiet village on the outskirts of Denton, a victim of an apparent hit-and-run incident. Her husband and daughter are distraught. Frost's investigation exposes the secret life of a corner of rural England.

Directors: David Reynolds
Endangered Species

#13 - Endangered Species 8.33

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!

Directors: Roy Battersby

#14 - Quarry 8.31

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.

Directors: Roy Battersby (Uncredited)
Appropriate Adults

#15 - Appropriate Adults 8.30

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Held In Trust

#16 - Held In Trust 8.29

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.

Directors: Roger Bamford
Another Life

#17 - Another Life 8.29

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.

Directors: Roger Bamford

#18 - Conclusions 8.24

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.

Directors: Anthony Simmons, R D Wingfield
Deep Waters

#19 - Deep Waters 8.20

Season 4 - Episode 5

A sub-postmistress is fatally stabbed in a small-scale robbery, and Frost wastes a lot of time questioning the leading suspects. Then, Helen Tudor, a beautiful first-year psychology student and keen swimmer at Denton University, is attacked on the campus, and suspicion initially falls on her psychology tutor, Keith Michaelson, but Frost's investigations uncover a link with the death of another beautiful young girl swimmer two years earlier, in another town.

Directors: Don Leaver
Hidden Truth

#20 - Hidden Truth 8.20

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!

Directors: Paul Harrison
Not with Kindness

#21 - Not with Kindness 8.14

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.

Directors: David Reynolds, R D Wingfield
Appendix Man

#22 - Appendix Man 8.13

Season 6 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Sandy Johnson
True Confessions

#23 - True Confessions 8.13

Season 5 - Episode 3

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.

Directors: Sandy Johnson
In the Public Interest

#24 - In the Public Interest 8.11

Season 14 - Episode 3

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.

Directors: Paul Harrison
Penny for the Guy

#25 - Penny for the Guy 8.10

Season 5 - Episode 1

A ruthless kidnapper holds a supermarket chain to ransom by threatening the life of a young boy.

Directors: Paul Seed