All 11 episodes from the fourth series of the TV classic. In 'Rocky Eight and a Half' Terry climbs back into the boxing ring for the first time in years. 'Senior Citizen Caine' sees Terry protect a recently-widowed garage owner who is in danger from his own family. 'High Plains Pilferer' has Terry blamed for the loss of Micky the Fish's wife's jewels. 'Sorry Pal, Wrong Number' finds Terry minding some public telephone boxes for Arthur. 'The Car Lot Baggers' sees Terry get involved when one of Arthur's car dealer mates is intimidated by villains. 'If Money Be the Food of Love, Play On' has Arthur and Terry fall under the spell of a beautiful Australian who is searching for her fiancé. In 'A Star is Gorn' Arthur becomes involved in the world of pop. 'Willesden Suite' finds Arthur preparing to make a speech at the hotel where Terry works as a house detective. 'Windows' sees Arthur putting together plans for the Daley Health Club, while Terry gets involved in a tug-of-love scenario. 'Get Daley!' has Arthur spend some uncomfortable time in hospital after witnessing a job that Terry's mate is being put in the frame for. Finally, in 'A Well-Fashioned Fit-Up', Arthur's journey into the world of fashion doesn't turn out exactly as he hoped.
First appearing on our screens in late 1979, Minder
was a vehicle for ex-Sweeney
sidekick Denis Waterman, but its lasting contribution to TV culture was rehabilitating George Cole, whose lovable but unscrupulous "entrepreneur" (an older version of the spiv he portrayed in the St Trinian's
films) mockingly reflected the values of 1980s Thatcherite Britain. The series is fondly set in a rough demimonde
of small-time gangsters and ageing dolly birds, and against a backdrop of seedy London pubs and dubious business dealings. Waterman plays Terry McCann, ex-boxer and ex-con trying to stick to the straight and narrow, but persuaded against his better judgement to become involved in murky capers set up by his employer, "Arfur", who regularly sublets him to dodgy associates of his. In this, the first series, Arthur Daley is more in control, not quite the figure of fun he would later become. In the opening episode, for instance, as Terry is held hostage by wannabe black militants in a launderette, Arthur is negotiating his "exclusive" story to a tabloid. Though aspects of these episodes are a little creaky and dated--Terry's flares especially--the interplay between the too softhearted hard man Terry and his dapper but slippery boss is both priceless and timeless.
This DVD has a scene selection feature and individual episode guides. --David Stubbs
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