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Minder: Series 1 (Box Set) [DVD] [1979]

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  • Actors: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster, Patrick Malahide
  • Writers: Leon Griffiths
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Clear Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N9H4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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Format: DVD
I am a huge fan of Minder, I own all ten series box-sets on DVD and these specials are a perfect addition to anyone's Minder collection. On the first disc we have Minder XMAS special which was aired on 26 December 1983, which features clips from the first three series of Minder put together with fifteen mintues of Arthur Terry & Dave in the Winchester remembering old times & the second XMAS special is Around the Corner which was aired on 26 December 1984 where Arthur is given a greyhound to cover a debt, while Terry spends time trying to try it and Arthur gets conned over some non-existant video recorders.

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.
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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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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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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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Another nicely packaged box set containing all five Xmas specials from this classic series spread over three disks. The first 'special' form 1983 is not an episode in the sense its Arthur, Terry and Dave in the Winchester Club looking back, with the aid of flash backs, at the scrapes they've got into during the early series of the show. The second and third specials from '84 and '88 are 'proper' stories (they run a little longer than those in the normal series) and include the final appearance of Patrick Malhide's excellent Albert 'Charlie' Chisholm. With Gary Webster's Minder appearing in the 1991 xmas episode this completes the first two disks. The gem of this collection though is the full movie length 'Minder on the Orient Express'. I remember watching and enjoying it when it was first aired, watching it again I enjoyed it even more. Terry and Arthur at their usual best with an excellent supporting role from the affore mentioned Detective Chisholm. If I had one criticism of the set it would be the lack of information regading the dates when the shows first aired, this is fairly easy find out but I do think it should have been included. It goes without saying that Minder fans will buy this release and they will not be disappointed. I watched the episodes in Tandem with the series releases slotting them into the correct timeline (hence my comment above), whether you choose to this or not its an excellent collection of stories.
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