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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life for the classic series
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...
Published on 27 Oct 2001

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terry's final series
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...
Published on 11 April 2005 by D. Evans


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life for the classic series, 27 Oct 2001
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Past its prime but still excellent!, 11 Nov 2008
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P. F. Yardley "Paul" (England) - See all my reviews
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Missing, 17 Oct 2004
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From Autumn 1985 this is another great series of Minder. George Cole and Dennis Waterman are on top form throughout the six episodes here.
The only black mark is that there is no appearance of Peter Childs' DS Rycott, with Patrick Malahide appearing in all six as DS 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% quality, 14 Sep 2001
The classic British TV comedy, honest. Very good to watch on return from the pub, again and again. Timeless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first ever three episodes-her indoors will like it! FAB!, 1 July 2001
This is the first three episodes from 1979 ("gunfight at the ok laundrette", "bury my half at waltham green",and "the smaller they are")and they really are great! id forgotten how good minder actually is! The story's are really good and each one is hillariously funny!- And of course, Arthur is up to all his usual tricks! Great video!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great tv to watch!, 18 Mar 2004
Even though old school 'Minder' fans might not like the fact that the second of these special episodes features Terry's replacement 'Ray' - Arthur's Nephew, one of the newer episodes, the first feature length episode is worth the price alone.
Aside from the usual hilarity Arthur & Terry concoct, Patrick Malahide as Chisholm deserves a special mention for his hilarious performance.....this is truly classic tv, a must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minder Series 1 Box Set Review, 29 Aug 2001
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Although gettting a little dated the quality of acting combined with the charaters and storylines make it still a pleasure to watch. You can see the charaters developing as you watch all the episodes in the first series. It's a bargin at this price and completely pucka and has no way fallen of the back of a lorry as Arthur would say. Watch out for Dave the owner of the bar for the great dry comic moments. In summary a must to own and now available as one complete box set providing better value.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terry's final series, 11 April 2005
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D. Evans "dantheman95" (Southport) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Minder - Series 7 [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The best drama/comedy on ITV in the 80's!, 23 Oct 2007
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Minder was a classic show, it had great characters played by fine actors, there were classic stories and lines. It had been repeated on Paramount Comedy, Men & Motors and is currently being shown on ITV4. The picture quality on these DVDs is very grainy, there is a lot of print and longer shots look out of focus.

Plus the episodes have been edited from 60 minutes and seem to run out at 48 minutes or 49 minutes, why Clear Vision did this I will never, they could've made some effort into digitally remastering & restoring the episodes, personally I think Network should've handled the Minder releases, because they did an amazing job of tidying up and remastering episodes on the Sweeney boxsets. Still, I'd rather have edited episodes of Minder than no episodes at all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 15 April 2007
A great collection and fitting tribute to the greatest TV show of all-time.

Artur Daley and Terry are the best duo since Laurel and Hardy and a double act equal to Bushell & Johnson...

I would a re-union for a TV special...
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