Watched this last night, nice episode. I like Paul Barber, thought he played the part well, of course wasn't a match for our Tel, but then who is? Didn't like the opening sequence when they had the spoof chat show, just seemed a bit too contrived for Minder.
Also noticed a bit part for a young Jesse Birdsall, as one of the youths watching the boxing in The Winchester
I quite like this episode but there are a few cheesy moments. As mentioned, the chat show and training workout are a little iffy, as are the scenes in the gym whilst Willie is sparring. I'm sure there are a few Barney Mathers' on the boxing scene, his character is a good depiction but the bearded associate with the dark glasses that Mather is trying to impress is laughable and the dolly birds turn it into farce imo.
The first episode I don't particularly care for. Not really bad just not up to the shows usual high standards. To be fair, when I started watching Minder I knew there was bound to be at least one episode I wouldn't like. I think my biggest complaint is that Terry and Arthur seem like the supporting characters rather than leads. I thought Willie was a cliche and the story predictable. It was nice to hear more of the theme song during the training sequences.
OFAH - that's the show everybody remembers him from, but he's had memorable parts in The Full Monty, The Long Good Friday, Boys From the Blackstuff, and perhaps most notably Gangsters. For my money one of the UK's most underrated actors.
Interesting to note that Tania Rogers from Gangsters also appears in Don't Tell Them Willie Boy was Here in a very different role.
Agree with that ltd, Paul Barber is definitely underated and sadly arguably typecast because of OFAH.
Tania Rogers (reminder - who plays Willie's wife Ruth) was also in Jackie Collins' 'The Stud' - I wonder if that is how she somehow ended up in this one? Oliver Tobias also in 'The Stud' is probably a candidate for actor who should have appeared in Minder too I think.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I think it's a good,solid episode too felix but I do have to agree with gra that there are a few noticeable 'cheesey' moments. The scenes in the gym and the TV chat show make me cringe a little but there's lots of quality stuff too. Also, the idea of Terry befriending and mentoring another boxer is very believable imo. As i said, good,solid stuff
Watching this for the second time my opinion hasn't changed. It's ok but nothing special. After the strong episodes proceeding it this one comes up lacking. Still, even average episodes of Minder are worth watching again.
I thought the episode was nicely put together. Another episode in series 2 with good production value. The characters between them were good. It does make Terry's character worth while. The boxer was really tough and look like he needed some help to understand why he boxes.
Watched in bed this morning on ITV4 with sign language to help me. The sparring scenes are embarrassing and Willie at the end of the fight in a shameless Rocky ending. How the gals in the gym with "I love Willie" T-Shirts got away with that, I'll never know. Despite appearing to be in their early 20's, I doubt they'd see 30 again in real life. Then again, I'm grumpy in the morning.
A very "of its time" episode , with a few scenes appearing a bit tacky by todays standards , especially the opening chat show
I think the chat show is meant to be though? From Willie's comments it's fairly clear it's a poor man's rival to Parkinson. I think the actor portraying the put upon host played his part well. Slightly different era I know, but you used to see a lot of people just like him in the early years of daytime TV. Shades of Alan Partridge perhaps?