Now then, I must confess that when I saw this one on original broadcast I was very tempted to switch off as I thought Minder had moved very far away from its original core theme of 'minding'. I have watched it again many times of the years and have actually come to like it. It's not going to set the world on fire plotwise but was a good watch from start to finish when I watched it again recently. Heart Attack, Little Pete and Vic are all pretty solid characters.
This has a very memorable football match at the end that Morley referees which was filmed at Southall FC. As well as getting most of the regular cast involved, it also features George Sweeney, a familiar face to most of us on here I'm sure!
A slight indicator of filming dates for this one is the photo from Press Association below, dated 5th August 1992.
Not the greatest episode but very watchable - 6/10.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Pretty much spot on with your review jno. Not a classic episode by any stretch by does have some very good scenes throughout the episodes, especially the football match. Morley really was incompetent as the ref. The charity auction was also another good bit. Also the end when Arthur sends Vic on his way, leaves you wondering how Arthur could ever survive without someone to cover his back.
I found this highly enjoyable because of it's Englishness. All the talk of pubs and a football match appeals to my Anglophilia. No shortage of great Arthur lines and magic from George Cole. My two favorites were the look on Arthur's face when he has to pay cash for a round of drinks and the way he lied to the reverend thinking the charity March was for Winchester Cathedral. He's getting back at the reverend for performing his marriage to 'er indoors. Wonderful!
Arthur says the vicar was the one who married him and er indoors, yet in "for a few dollars more" Arthur yas he has been married for nearly 35 years, was he a child vicar then, as he does not look that old!