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Minder: Series 5 (Box Set) [DVD] [1979]

George Cole , Glynn Edwards    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster, Patrick Malahide
  • Writers: Leon Griffiths
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Clear Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 410 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085RO1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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The complete fifth series of the TV classic. In 'Goodbye Soldier' Terry and Arthur follow the lure of cheap tobacco. 'What Makes Shamy Run?' has some forged bank notes cause trouble for our favourite conman. 'A Number of Old Wives' Tales' sees the boys attend Clive's wedding celebrations. In 'The Second Time Around' Terry looks after a lady romantic novelist who likes a drink or two. 'Second Hand Pose' has Terry search out another line of work. 'The Long Ride Back to Scratchwood' finds Arthur in receipt of some dodgy tickets for the big match. 'Hypnotising Rita' sees Arthur take charge of a steam-cleaning business. Finally, in 'The Balance of Power', Arthur delves into the world of local politics.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life for the classic series 27 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Brushed and tidied up for DVD technology the first series of Minder is over twenty years old now. However classic story lines, drama, and comedy never go out of fashion. This DVD combines all 11 episodes in one box set, that starts with the dramatic first episode featuring a hold up in a launderette, and progresses along, developing the characters that became an institution during the eighties and nineties.
This first series started originally with the main focus being on ex-con, ex-boxer Terry McCann and his struggle through the darker corners of the black economy. However by the end of series one "Arfur Daley" - Terry's self confessed mentor comes into his own. Would you buy a car from this man?
While some of the episodes in this series one such as "You need friends" are a little obscure and not among the show's best, Minder fans won't be disappointed. Other episodes featured here like "the Desert song", "Monday night Fever", and "the smaller they are" show why Minder regularly pulled in 18million paying punters through the eighties.
A great start to a great series.
You know it makes sense.....
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent XMAS specials! 23 Oct 2007
By Stevo
I am a huge fan of Minder, I own all ten series box-sets on DVD and these specials are a perfect addition to anyone's Minder collection. On the first disc we have Minder XMAS special which was aired on 26 December 1983, which features clips from the first three series of Minder put together with fifteen mintues of Arthur Terry & Dave in the Winchester remembering old times & the second XMAS special is Around the Corner which was aired on 26 December 1984 where Arthur is given a greyhound to cover a debt, while Terry spends time trying to try it and Arthur gets conned over some non-existant video recorders.

The second disc features An Officer & a Car Salesman which went out on 26 December 1988 and features guest stars Richard Briers (The Good Life & Ever Decreasing Circles), Diana Quick and this is also the last time Patrick Malahide appears in Minder as Chisholm, this time Terry has a spell in prison after being found in possession of some hooky videos that Arthur left in his flat, it looks as though their partnership is finished. Then Terry gets a job working for Caplan, an ex-army colonel who runs a survivalist school who Arthur is supplying army surplus equipment to, which reunites the pair when they stumble across a plot by Caplan and his men to rob a security van. The second is The Cruel Canal featuring Gary Webster as Arthur's nephew which was aired on the 26 December 1991, Arthur has a consignment of video recorders which he needs to deliver to a punter but his van packs up, so he borrows a canal boat to deliver them instead. I preferred the 1988 XMAS special to the Cruel Canal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Past its prime but still excellent! 11 Nov 2008
First aired in September 1985 the sixth series is the penultimate 'Terry McCann' release. With only six episodes (compared with eight in series five and up to thirteen in the first four) value for money compared to earlier releases is not so good. The individual episodes are consistently enjoyable with the droll DS Chisholm arguably stealing the show in a number of them. Dennis Waterman's Terry is maybe getting a little long in tooth as a hard man whilst George Cole's Arthur is as good as ever. At the time of filming this was possibly going to be the final series finishing with the brilliant Xmas special 'Minder on the Orient Express' (available on the 'Specials' collection).
In brief an excellent, though to be harsh past it'd peak, series and a natural purchase after working your way through the previous five sets - you will certainly not be disappointed (apart from the limited number of episodes). I do not intend this review to come across as negative, this is nothing but thoroughly enjoyable television and part of perhaps the best ever Britsh TV (comedy) dramas - Its simply not quite as good as the better earlier series four and five.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Minder fans 17 Nov 2008
Another nicely packaged box set containing all five Xmas specials from this classic series spread over three disks. The first 'special' form 1983 is not an episode in the sense its Arthur, Terry and Dave in the Winchester Club looking back, with the aid of flash backs, at the scrapes they've got into during the early series of the show. The second and third specials from '84 and '88 are 'proper' stories (they run a little longer than those in the normal series) and include the final appearance of Patrick Malhide's excellent Albert 'Charlie' Chisholm. With Gary Webster's Minder appearing in the 1991 xmas episode this completes the first two disks. The gem of this collection though is the full movie length 'Minder on the Orient Express'. I remember watching and enjoying it when it was first aired, watching it again I enjoyed it even more. Terry and Arthur at their usual best with an excellent supporting role from the affore mentioned Detective Chisholm. If I had one criticism of the set it would be the lack of information regading the dates when the shows first aired, this is fairly easy find out but I do think it should have been included. It goes without saying that Minder fans will buy this release and they will not be disappointed. I watched the episodes in Tandem with the series releases slotting them into the correct timeline (hence my comment above), whether you choose to this or not its an excellent collection of stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good set at a very reasonable price
Published 1 month ago by harguy
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Very entertaining. Excellent value for money and promptly delivered. I am collecting the entire series over a period of time.

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very good programme we love watching it when its on tv its a comedy drama series and great actors would recommend to anyone
Published 18 months ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars The old rogue lives on
Series 5 starts with a classic caper of Arfur trying to sell some football boots and passing them off as trainers and ends up getting involved in a dodgy tobacco smuggling racket. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by Wayne 100 hundreds
5.0 out of 5 stars minder series 5 part 1
I found the minder series from 1979, most enjoyable thank you.
I do prefere the George Cole , Dennis Waterman partnership
the best cheers
Published on 18 April 2012 by Joseph Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the first CD, but the second is great
The final series of Minder starring Dennis Waterman as Terry. The opening episode, despite having its moments, is far too downbeat to be a series opener. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by StormSworder
4.0 out of 5 stars minder mania
Great qty picture, case Etc.

shows the full laughter & drama to put you off used car dealers.. Haha
Published on 31 July 2010 by geo4bo
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Minder
Vintage Minder series. The end of Terry and the beginning of Ray. Definitely one for the fans. The evolution of Arthur as the series develops from Series 1 is worth it alone.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by J. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What more can I say - the classic that is Minder - great memories came flooding back!
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by Fitzgib
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