Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character – 3 episodes
Short Take: British crime drama
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Year: 1992
Duration: 105 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Roy Battersby, Don Leaver, Roger Bamford
Writer: R.D. Wingfield, Richard Harris, Christopher Russell, David Gilman
Starring: David Jason, Bruce Alexander, Sally Dexter

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Touch of FrostA Touch of Frost is a British crime drama centered on the character of Detective Inspector Jack Frost (David Jason). He is unconventional in his tactics, aggravating to his superiors, but extremely smart and quick witted. Throughout the series, he is paired up with different crime solving colleagues, one of whom is Detective Sergeant Maureen Lawson (Sally Dexter), a lesbian out at work. DS Lawson appears in three episodes.

202 Widows and Orphans
Air date: January 16, 1994
Someone is breaking into the houses of elderly women and stealing their money. Then two of the women are murdered. Frost teams up with Lawson for the first time on this case. On a stake out, Frost comments that he hopes her boyfriend doesn’t get annoyed that they have been working late a lot. Lawson lets him know that it’s a girlfriend at home.

Later, Frost runs into the two women at the supermarket. (Note that I generally really like this show, but this episode is a bit of a snoozer.)

304 No Refuge  
Air date: January 22, 1995
Frost and Lawson work on a home robbery case together. The boss, Superintendent Norman Mullett (Bruce Alexander), pulls Frost aside to make sure he has no problem working with Lawson because of her sexual orientation.

The case is of a lesbian couple being robbed, and Lawson hits it off with Liz, one of the women. The two chat and later go out to lunch. The other partner, Marion, confronts the Detective Sergeant at the station, accusing her of using her position to meet women.

Things do not go well, and when Liz ends up in the hospital, it is feared that Lawson will have to testify in court about a crime of passion of which she is part. Frost has her back, but DS Lawson is forced to move to another police force. On the other case in this episode, a glass factory is robbed.

1101 Another Life  
Air date: October 26, 2003
Lawson is back in Denton to work with Frost one more time on two murder cases – a man found dead in the river, and a case of ballroom dancing turned deadly, when a body is found in a dumped refrigerator.

Lawson’s sexual orientation is acknowledged as a normal part of day-to-day life on the job. One night she has to leave early to go to her partner’s daughter’s school concert, and Frost asks her how the relationship is going with the “instant family.” Later, the partner and daughter pick Lawson up from work. (AB)