R D Wingfield

Frost: A Touch of Frost
  • Frost: A Touch of Frost

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama starring Derek Martin, the precursor to the popular TV series and novels.

    Jack Frost is disheveled, disorganised and disrespectful. His superiors don't like him. He has a habit of doing things his way – and getting results. But when Denton CID is faced with a spate of major crimes, Frost finds himself under pressure.

    A young woman becomes the sixth victim of a multiple rapist, a teenage girl goes missing, there's a robbery at the Purple Parrot nightclub, and an old man is injured in a hit-and-run. With all this on his plate, Frost has little time and less patience for paperwork – but if he doesn't submit the overtime reports, there will be hell to pay. Has Frost bitten off more than he can chew?

    A Touch of Frost gave rise to a hugely successful TV series that ran between 1992 and 2010. This gritty drama, first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1982, features Derek Martin as Jack Frost, with a supporting cast including Haydn Wood, Stephen Thorne and Alan Dudley.

    Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation! Duration: 1 hour 25 mins approx.

After a successful career writing for radio, R. D. Wingfield turned his attention to fiction and created the character of DI Jack Frost, who has featured in the titles Frost at Christmas, A Touch of Frost, Night Frost, Hard Frost and Winter Frost. The series has been adapted for television as the perennially popular A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. R. D. Wingfield died in 2007.