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  • Actors: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Glynn Edwards, Patrick Malahide, Pat Gorman
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy, Christopher King, Roy Ward Baker, James Gatward, Mike Vardy
  • Producers: Lloyd Shirley, George Taylor
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Clear Vision Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


All eleven episodes from the first series of the popular comedy-drama centring around dodgy London entrepreneur Arthur Daley (George Cole) and his 'minder', former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman). In 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette', Terry becomes a hostage when an Italian wedding turns into a siege. 'Bury My Half at Waltham Green' sees Terry getting into more trouble when Arthur arranges for him to mind an ex-jail-bird, and in 'The Smaller They Are...', Arthur inadvertantly becomes involved with international crooks after changing a hundred dollar bill for his associate Big Stan. In 'A Tethered Goat', Terry is forced to mind an Arab banker with a proclivity for firearms. 'The Bounty Hunter' sees Terry helping widow Jo reclaim the savings which she has been conned out of. In 'Aces High - and Sometimes Very Low', Terry helps out his impoverished gambler chum Maurice by offering Terry's services as minder while he tries to recoup his losses at the tables. In 'The Bengal Tiger' Arthur gets Terry to keep an eye on Mr Mukerjee his local newsagent. In 'Come In T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away', Terry is sent in to deal with a spot of bother at a minicab firm Arthur has a stake in. In 'Monday Night Fever', hard-headed Arthur falls for Sharon, an aspiring singer, and promises he can get her to the big time. In 'The Dessert Song', Terry lands himself and Arthur in the midst of an inter-restaurant feud after rescuing Greek Cypriot Charlie from a brawl. Finally 'You Gotta Have Friends' sees Arthur's attempt to do a good turn for an old friend having unpleasant repercussions for himself and Terry.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Yardley on 9 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
As a Minder fan since its first airing on TV twenty eight years or so ago I was really looking forwarded to ploughing through it all again. After this series I was left a little disappointed. It is very much a warm up, introducing and getting to know the characters and giving their relationships a chance to develop. Many episodes, whilst still watchable, left me a little empty and they did feel very dated. However, things do improve as you work your way through and certainly subsequent series, especially 3-5, are excellent. Series 1 and 2 are more serious than latter ones though they do show glimmers of the more comedic side to come.
In summary, this is a must watch and a rite of passage to the later episodes. Do not let the three star rating put you off, it's really a reflection of how good the later 5* series are.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PJC on 4 July 2007
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The entire series represents a wonderful commentary on 1980's Britian from the the free marketeteering Arthur to the social conscience of Terry McCann. The humour is timeless, the characters broad ranging and sometimes eccentric and the juxtaposition between law and order and a nice little earner is central to every mouth watering epidsode. A truly brilliant series which must hve one star deducted, because as a hearing impaired person there are no sub-titles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Hutchinson on 26 May 2010
Format: DVD
I loved the Minder series, I have all 10 now but some are classics (series 2 to 7) and others have been spoilt but those who produced them. The acting is always good and the stories entertaining. However, in series 1 there was something that I could not initially identify which made it seem a little bit more amateurish. In re-watching it now, I believe it is the use of short 'musical' pieces in 'dramatic' parts that really does cheapen the production (this was ever more pronounced in series 8-10 when the background score was totally out of place and a real distraction). Series 2 to 7 had little to no background score - let's face it the programme is too good to need the crutch of a bunch of musicians adding sounds to the scenes. I presume they sit around watching the programme and play this music as they feel fit. I have never understood why producers feel this is necessary. Series 1, by definition, was still finding its way, the mindset of adding the music make it feel older and less sophisticated than the other series with Denis Waterman. It is still well worth buying though even if the humour is lacking a little bit (series 8 to 10 suffer from this as well).
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