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The best series EVER - and if you disagree, I'll send Terry round!,
This review is from: Minder - Series 1-10 - Complete (DVD)
There have been some great series over the years, but none is greater than Minder. It's hard to imagine that my two favourite comedy-drama series of recent years (Life on Mars and Shameless) could have existed had it not been for Minder: it effectively invented the comedy-drama genre. Fans of my age are now incapable of seeing Only Fools and Horses (which played up the comedy) as anything but a sentimental imitatation, 'Minder-lite'.
Owning every episode may be a mixed blessing. It took a little while for the series to find its feet...but what feet. Arthur Daley is one of the finest fictional characters ever created, right up there with Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Miss Piggy - he's practically an archytype, as Jung would say. Is there any salesman in existence who doesn't have a little of him in them? I read in the eighties that every Londoner wanted to look like James Dean and talk like Arthur Daley. Replace James Dean with 50 Cent/Eminem and that's still true!
As for Terry, well, although the series was written for him, he could never really compete with Arthur's charisma. Even when he left to be replaced by Arthur's nephew Ray, we barely noticed. Ray's first episode ('The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Entrepreneur' - the episode titles were all great!), with its wonderful opening, parodying The Godfather, is actually one of the very best. That said, Terry led to every compromised but essentially honest and decent hero ever since, including Sam Tyler and Lip Gallagher.
We mustn't forget the minor characters, too - including Dave, mine host at The Winchester Club...too integral to really be a 'minor' character but Arthur's oldest friend and therefore longest-suffering victim (the never-seen 'er indoors excepted, perhaps).
My favourite episode? Well, Terry discovering he has a son he never knew about is pretty poignant, but you can't beat the one with Arthur on jury service ('Poetic Justice, Innit?') - and he has seen Twelve Angry Men!
A delightful series, in which we fell in love with morally ambiguous heroes (or should that be anti-heroes, particularly in Arthur's case?). It set the scene for all that followed.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2008 21:30:17 GMT
Mr. David Bapty says:
When telly was,good or should i say be good,its a cracker,untill Dennis left,then just not the same,best time 4 telly 70's and 80's
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