IS Sir David Jason about to freeze out A Touch of Frost?
It looked that way yesterday when he spoke at the launch of his latest ITV1 project.
But will Det Insp Jack Frost return at some stage for one final case?
There’s a news story in today’s MEN and a TV feature in tomorrow’s editions. Click here for the online version of the feature.
In essence, Sir David, 67, told us that Frost may be for the axe because of his new role in Diamond Geezer: The Series.
Your may remember the original ITV1 film screened in March 2005 as a pilot for a possible series.
Three new stories have now been made, to be screened from next month, starring Sir David as gentleman thief Des Parker.
In truth, I wasn’t a huge fan of the original production. But these new films are sharper, with a touch more style now Des has escaped from prison.
The star of the show reckons he can’t carry on as Frost while also playing a criminal, however loveable, in Diamond Geezer.
He’s also spoken in the past of becoming tired of playing the grumpy detective, who no longer presents him with an acting challenge.
In addition, the veteran actor now limits the amount of time he spends away from home filming, which could be another nail in Frost’s coffin.
Both A Touch of Frost and Diamond Geezer are made in Yorkshire, which means Sir David is parted from his wife and young daughter.
But he did just hint at a glimmer of light for Frost fans – if ITV executives come up with enough cash…and a helicopter.
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