Arthur goes to investigate what's happening when it appears that a taxi firm he co-owns is being targeted by some thugs. It would seem the drivers are being assaulted and/or given no end of other problems by perpetrators unknown. So of course Arthur is quick to put Terry to work, and places him as an undercover mini-cab driver, in the hope that he might be able to catch the people responsible.. Terry not exactly happy about the idea, especially when he sees the 'skip on wheels' that Arthur has entrusted to him, so that he might undertake his mission. Soon though Terry has apprehended the two little goons responsible for all the trouble, however it's clear they couldn't mastermind their way out of a plastic bag. Begging the question who is really behind the problems and why..??
I enjoyed this, it was nice and light-hearted, with some good comedy touches. George Layton once again appears as the very dodgy mechanic, Des, and probably gets the biggest laugh of the episode when he tries to sell Terry his own car's wheels back to him, after them being stolen from off of it the very same morning! Most amusing. With a solid supporting cast, which I think fair to say, is probably led by Alfred Burke, starring as Arthur's mini-cab business partner.. The muscle and action, this time coming by way of two greasy little oiks, reminiscent of a young Daniel Peacock, who would struggle putting the frightners on Scooby Doo, let alone Terry McCann. Francis Megahy directs, doing a sound job (no surprise he came back a further 11 times to the show), in spite of him directing two of my least favourite Hammer House of Horror episodes. His other achievements coming by way of more TV and the worthy, 1971, Brit crime feature film, 'Freelance', starring Ian McShane.
Another point of note being that this was the first episode to feature Terry's 'girlfriend', Debbie. As played by Diana Malin, baring her bum as she goes!
As I have posted before, I met the late Darryl Reade in Paris back in 2005, he played Billy one of the heavies, in the episode, a truly nice bloke, and we had a nice little chat about him appearing in MINDER. I still have his autobiography, he singed it to me and wrote "MIND this book".
Post by barrythebook on Sept 27, 2016 17:58:33 GMT
I really like any episode where we see another of Arthurs business interests. We all know that he's got his fingers in a lot of pies but it's good to get some insight into what's actually going on in the Daley empire.
I watched this again for the second time tonight and enjoyed it a great deal. It has a fine level of humor running through the story. I still like the scene with Arthur alone at the cab office. My new favorite scene is when Des is selling the piece of junk car to Arthur and Terry. Des is a real piece of work in this episode!
On ITV4 today & for some reason, an episode I’ve not watched so much. 5/5 for me - a great (and varied) episode. I did a DVLA search on that number plate - but there was no record of its existence!?!......