[copy of earlier review from VHS format]
The first of only two feature-length 'Minder' episodes (the other being 'An Officer And A Car-salesman'), this is a must-have for all fans of that seminal 1980s classic that made 'Arthur Daley' a by-word for dodgy dealing, and introduced 'er indoors' to the Oxford English Dictionary.
After leaping to the defence of an attractive young woman, salt-of-the-earth Terry McCann is rewarded with a journey for two. But instead of enjoying the warm female company of his club-manager girlfriend, Terry is, of course, stitched-up by loquacious, summons-dodging Arfur, who inveigles his way onto the world's most romantic train ... by taking, of course, diabolical liberties. Might make a nice little earner shifting frost-damaged 'fridges.
Paragon of Fulham (or is it 'Ammersmiff) law & order, and intending to cement Anglo-French and Interpol relations, 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisum also boards the Orient Express on his first venture outside his manor ... and outside England ("Holiday? I don't know the meaning of the word").
It's all here: the missing cliffs of Dover, accosted by strange birds in the khazi, a hunt for a dead mobster's missing millions, international intrigue, Arsenal, and a large vodka & orange ... if you only ever own one MINDER video/DVD, Arfur & Terry largeing it on the Oriental is THE one to have.
Watched it again last night and marvelled at the characters (and lovely Amanda Pays; whatever happened to her?). Can understand why owners will only sell their precious DVD for £100+ ... but do me a favour, Gawdun Bennett - mine ain't for sale. EVER!