Minder: Series 1 (Box Set) [DVD] 
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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.
First appearing on our screens in late 1979, Minder was a vehicle for ex-Sweeney sidekick Denis Waterman, but its lasting contribution to TV culture was rehabilitating George Cole, whose loveable but unscrupulous "entrepreneur" (an older version of the spiv he portrayed in the St Trinian's films) mockingly reflected the values of 1980s Thatcherite Britain. Set in the rough demimonde of London, against a backdrop of small-time gangsters, seedy pubs, dubious business dealings and ageing dollybirds, Waterman plays Terry McCann, ex-boxer and ex-con trying to stick to the straight and narrow but persuaded against his better judgement to become involved in murky capers set up by his employer "Arfur" who regularly sublets him to associates of his. Though aspects of these episodes are a little creaky and dated--Terry's flares especially--the interplay between the too soft-hearted hardman Waterman and his dapper but slippery boss is both priceless and timeless. --David Stubbs
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The second disc features An Officer & a Car Salesman which went out on 26 December 1988 and features guest stars Richard Briers (The Good Life & Ever Decreasing Circles), Diana Quick and this is also the last time Patrick Malahide appears in Minder as Chisholm, this time Terry has a spell in prison after being found in possession of some hooky videos that Arthur left in his flat, it looks as though their partnership is finished. Then Terry gets a job working for Caplan, an ex-army colonel who runs a survivalist school who Arthur is supplying army surplus equipment to, which reunites the pair when they stumble across a plot by Caplan and his men to rob a security van. The second is The Cruel Canal featuring Gary Webster as Arthur's nephew which was aired on the 26 December 1991, Arthur has a consignment of video recorders which he needs to deliver to a punter but his van packs up, so he borrows a canal boat to deliver them instead. I preferred the 1988 XMAS special to the Cruel Canal.Read more ›
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.....
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.
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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Just got it today and as I sat nursing my arthritis pains I was still laughing out loud at this wonderful series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobeee
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If you love Minder this is a must have,as the Christmas specials are hardly ever broadcast. 5 stars from me !Published 12 months ago by DARREN COGGER