Frontiers (1996 TV series)
|Created by||Stephen Poliakoff|
|Written by||Sam Donovan|
|Directed by||Michael Whyte|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Therese Pickard|
|Camera setup||Gary Parnham|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production company||Carlton Television|
|Original release||7 May –|
25 June 1996
Frontiers is an ITV television crime drama series was produced by Carlton Television, broadcast between 7 May and 25 June 1996. The series, created by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff, focuses on the rivalry between two rival police chiefs of the Special Crime Squad and their respective teams of officers. Co-written with Sam Donovan and Sandy Welch, only a single series of six episodes was broadcast, as despite a high-profile cast, including Kevin McNally, Clare Holman, Hywel Bennett and Philip Glenister, the series failed to impact audiences and was quickly axed. Amelia Bullmore, Fay Ripley and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor also appeared in the series.
Thomas Sutcliffe of The Independent said of the series; "Stephen Poliakoff is noted as a Special Adviser to Frontiers. Stephen Poliakoff, the respected playwright, that is. This is inexplicable, unless they have simply ignored his advice, because Frontiers is the apotheosis of the Angry Shouting Copper show, a mail-order catalogue for every exhausted cliché of the genre – from the lazily rotating extractor fan which casts such a gothic light, to the stand-up rows in gloomy corridors. "Screw up on my territory again, and I'll make sure you're not in charge of a whelk stall before I'm finished with you."
- Kevin McNally as Superintendent Graham Kirsten
- Peter Howitt as Superintendent Nick Jarratt
- Simon Kunz as DCI Adrian Jackson
- Clare Holman as DI Louise Raynor
- Hywel Bennett as DS Eddie Spader
- David Sibley as DCI David Lennox
- Jay Villiers as DS Lacey
- Philip Glenister as DS Danny Curtis
- Kevin Dignam as DS Alick Jackson
- Mac Andrews as DS Marshall
- Dido Miles as DS Elsa Cooper
- Chris Brailsford as DC Ryan
- Justin Chadwick as DC Clive Reilly
- Annie Keller as DC Lizzie Harlech
- David Baukham as ACC Gordon Pierce
- Anthony Carrick as ACC Henry Barton
- Amelia Bullmore as Caroline Poole
- Fay Ripley as Elizabeth Kirsten
- David Tse as DS Bailey
- Vivienne Ritchie as Kate Jarratt
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor as Rosie Jarrett
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||British air date|
|1||"Two Teenagers Kidnapped"||Andrew Piddington||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||7 May 1996|
|2||"Casual Bank Robbers"||Andrew Piddington||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||14 May 1996|
|3||"Overseas Politicians"||Michael Whyte||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||21 May 1996|
|4||"Date Rape"||Michael Whyte||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||28 May 1996|
|5||"Cheerleader Murder"||Michael Whyte||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||4 June 1996|
|6||"Palmer is Found Murdered"||Michael Whyte||Sandy Welch & Stephen Poliakoff||25 June 1996|
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- 1996 British television series debuts
- 1996 British television series endings
- 1990s British crime television series
- 1990s British drama television series
- ITV television dramas
- 1990s British television miniseries
- Carlton Television
- Television series by ITV Studios
- English-language television shows
- Television shows set in Liverpool