Fantastic ep. Watching as a kid, I always liked Des; shame he didn't feature in more eps. He was even more dodgy than Arthur ! And I love the old Bedford TK that Terry jumps onto. Fabulous.
When you watch the scene of Terry jumping off the flyover, there's not actually that much room for error. The stuntman lands pretty close to the edge of the load, I would imagine the stunt had been arranged for him to land more toward the centre.
They were probably all down the boozer for a liquid lunch before the filming.
After hankering to watch this episode for weeks and unable to figure it out on my boxset, I watched it tonight after being steered to its correct location from the good folk on this forum (Cheers Swainy). I was positive it was an older episode though.
One of the finest episodes of Minder IMO, just nothing not to like in this one. Top class acting, top class actors, great story line and some great location filming and Arthur even letting Tel keep the £200, he got from Jackie for getting back her money and all this in a series one episode, don't make them like this any more. I wonder if Terry ever took the £500 quid of Des.
I would certainly recommend this one to someone watching Minder for the first time as a starting point.
Watched this on ITV4. It is a great episode, just realised I have never voted for it so marked it excellent.
I think Arthur's accent is much closer to George Cole's normal speaking voice. If this was the first one made he must have given further thought to his character after he started.
I looked out for the bloopers this time and clearly there was an element of storyline cut out at some time. Why else dress up Terry's car to look like a wreck in one scene? But a top class episode in every way. Of course Terry gets the cash at the end but loses the girl.
And a shop window full of board games, which had me pausing the disc three times!
I watched this again today, and the bit that I paused and watched again and again is the white cat that wanders very slowly and leisurely across the road in front of Des's van as they pull up outside Fenton's office. When Des starts skulking around before stealing the blue Cortina, it almost looks as if he has to take a slight detour around the cat, which plonks itself very happily in the middle of the pavement!
Loving re-watching Minder on the Umbrella sets...and noticed that this is the ep we first meet Des (?) And I'd forgotten he was taking Terry around nicking motors in this one! Makes more continuity now when Des says to Terry while packing up his tools in his garage in You need Hands about nicking motors - "Yes I could go out and nick a nice new Merc or BMW..but I've given all that up now..."