Minder On The Orient Express [DVD] 
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When Terry (Dennis Waterman) wins a trip on the Orient Express he sees it as the perfect opportunity for a romantic holiday with his girlfriend Annie (Linda Hayden). Trouble is, Terry's boss Arthur Daley (George Cole) has other ideas. He is desperate to avoid a court appearance and decides a nice, relaxing holiday abroad is just what he needs. Of course whenever Terry and Arthur are together trouble is never far away and, sure enough, the two of them soon find themselves trying to protect Nikki (Amanda Pays), daughter of the recently-deceased gangster Jack South, from a trainload of sinister characters.
The one thing everyone wanted to watch on Christmas Day 1985 was this special film-length Minder On the Orient Express. It was the end of Season 6 (of 10), and the show had never been more popular. It drew a star-studded cast that in turn drew audiences: Honor Blackman, Adam Faith, Ralph Bates and Amanda Pays feature prominently in a surprisingly complex story concerning millions in lost gangland money. Terry is given a pair of tickets for the Orient Express ("no, it's not a Chinese takeaway, Arthur") when he rescues Nikki South (Pays) from a mugging. So it is that the train sets off with Arthur having lied his way aboard, poor beleaguered DS Chisholm working with an Interpol Detective (Bates), several gang thugs led by Jimmy Crane (Faith, who doesn't sing!) and several gold diggers such as the flirtatious Helen (Blackman). An all-important paper envelope passes hands endlessly, while the action progresses into the realms of French farce as cabin doors rapidly open and close. A couple of explosions of fisticuffs seem to threaten the end of Croydon's finest second-hand car dealership, but all it'll take is a couple of "large VATs" to restore the Daley entrepreneurial spirit.--Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is, of course, and quite naturally, played for laughs. Arthur is on top form, with Chisholm a close second. Shortly after the train leaves Victoria Station and Terry is contacted in a lavatory by a woman who needs him to mind her, Arthur retorts, "That's the international travel scene for you. Accosted by a strange bird in the khasi and here we are still not out of Brixton".
But it also stylishly shot and wonderfully atmospheric in places. The train helps, but the script makes full use of all the dramatic possibilities offered by the location. More so, it could be argued, than the great 1974 Albert Finney Orient Express film.
The problem with it is that it is in three acts, none of which really feel like the others. In the first act we learn why Arthur and Terry are on the train. In Act 2, the drama is acted out, and in Act 3 we all go home. Act 1 could do with being 66% shorter. Act 2 could easily run double length and Act 3 could have been dispensed with entirely.
It would have been so much better to leave them on the train, at the end of Act 2, hurtling into the exotic and unknown, with the ending left to our imaginations.
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!
Adam Faith is menacing as the bad guy (he and Dennis didn't hit it off apparently), Cole is superb, dealing ineptly with foreigners and being 'ejaculated' from the train. Great fun!
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This was a brilliant edition of Minder and I would recommend it to anyone. However, I find it hard to believe that the DVD contains enough additional material to justify the asking... Read morePublished on 13 July 2005 by K. Billis