Post by jno on Feb 16, 2015 19:49:06 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S01E04_ATetheredGoat.htm
This one stands out for me in series 1 as being an episode where Terry is really called upon to be a real Minder and is probably not as humourous as some others in this series.
There are also some real dodgy characters in this one on an international scale - firstly 'Elliot' played by Michael Sheard. He is very scary for me in this one and clearly has no qualms at all about topping anyone and is extremely cold.
Then there is Sardi played by Nadim Sawala (who was in a Hamlet cigar advert with George Cole some years earlier). He is 'diplomatic bent' and clearly looking for some sort of political gain out of topping Sayin.
Together they bring in the heavies who are wielding machine guns which is clearly out of Terry's league.
Then we have our more regional bent - Arthur, who has an office and is running a massage parlour in this episode. Arthur seems to have his fingers in more pies in series 1 as opposed to later on when it is primarily (a) lockup (b) car lot and (c) venture of the week. Then we have Frankie at the massage parlour, clearly up for anything for a bit of wedge and George who Arthur meets at the start played by actor Johnny Shannon, he sounds bent and how come he knows these premier league villains anyway?
Then last but not least is our Dai - he is probably the star of the show and dodgy simply because he is haplessly desperate to impress and will tell any old porky to do so.
There are some good lines in this one - my favourite being when Dai twigs there is a problem 'Terry! Shooters! Oh My God!' and with his washing up liquid shouts 'Running off are we? Stand up and fight like men!' These always have me giggling. Arthur sweating it in the van is a great bit of acting from George Cole. A little bit of info on Mohamed Sultan who had the shooter in the van with Arthur here: m.elcinema.com/en/person/pr1083443/
The black Granada is also a very good choice of villain mobile for me. Strange how when Cowley drives one in The Professionals is doesn't look dodgy at all - it must therefore be 'the all official looking' motor of the period. We also see 'The Crown' pub for the first time that pops up later in 'Around The Corner'.
Not the best episode in series 1 but it has some excellent moments in it where Arthur & Terry are clearly out of their comfort zone in terms of villainy. Despite that I can't help but like it!