Series 7 of Minder is the last to feature Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, it is also the weakest of any of the 10 series broadcast between 1979 and 1994. Series 6 of Minder broadcast some 3 years earlier was in many ways the peak for the programme, with massive viewing figures, good storylines, and plenty of humour. Had the programme finished at this point, it would have bowed out on a high note. Instead it was resurrected, but despite the long break, the production team seemed to have simply ran out of steam and didn't really know what else to do with Terry and Arthur. An over reliance on guest stars does not help the series, with familar names such as Billy Connelly and Ian MacShane appearing in various episodes. Although in fact the episode to feature Ian McShane, The Last Video Show,is actually the best of this series. It concerns Jack Last, a local armed robber, trying to locate a videotape which incriminates a high ranking Police Officer on his trail, thereby getting him off the hook. Ofcourse Arthur gets dragged into this, when the tape gets mixed up with one Jack Last hired from his videoshop.
Terry's last episode is not a particularly great epiosde, and as the production team did not know that he was planning to leave it has no sense of the end of an era about it. Waterman does appear slightly bored with the programme at this point, perhaps unhappy that the series was now forcusing on Arthur rather than Terry.
The Gary Webster years would freshen the series up, and take it into the 1990's. The end of one era, the start of another