Post by Albert Wendell on Aug 21, 2015 19:46:49 GMT
I have decided to revisit three episodes from my WH Smith video tape that I had in the early 90’s it contained this episode Get Daley and A Number Of Old Wives Tales.
This is another quality Series 4 episode. Some good comedy moments provided by Terry here the ‘lord help us’ joke, ‘that cigar doesn’t half pen & ink’ and ‘that’ll look great with all the Wimpy & McAlpine donkey jackets’. As a viewer you instantly get a feeling that Ronnie Shyvers is a horrible person, Terry is quick to notice this too but Arthur can’t see it. I’ve mentioned before that although Arthur is very shrewd and cunning he is also a bad judge of character this is where Terry is smarter than him as Terry can spot someone who is not genuine straight away when Arthur can’t, this happens in many other episodes. Sara Sugarman is perfectly cast as Zoe she in both style and mannerisms comes across as a very arty type of girl, I think this may be true in real life as I remember reading somewhere that she lived a sort of nomadic lifestyle moving from flat to flat in London, she moved in one flat with white walls and she painted all of the walls vibrant colours as she hated the white. Her part in Shyvers office appears dubbed and while the lips match the words the sound quality is poor. The fight at the Blarney Stone is one of those memorable Minder moments (‘always gets them on their feet that one’). I thought Kevin O’Hara was a good character and one that I would have liked to see return. Also it would have been nice to see Nigel have a speaking part. I felt Carole Harrison was under used they could have given her given some more lines.
A well thought out plot and an unusual one that sees Arthur doing the minding, the viewer doesn’t get to see whats going on until towards the end. Very enjoyable with strong well written and believable characters.
Gave this a watch tonight to conclude series 4, and a nice little episode to wrap the series up with. For starters I liked the characters Billy (played superbly by the underrated Chris Fulford)and Nige, just something very appealing about them. Ronnie Shyvers is played brilliantly by Stanley Meadows, an actor well known for appearing in other forum favourites The Professionals and Sweeney. I loved the fight scene in the "Irish" pub, especially the end where the band leader says straight faced to Terry about the tune they played always gets them going. To top it off we get to see Arthur minding the shop, where George Cole comes into his own playing Arthur superbly, the part where he walks into the dummy and puts his hands up is priceless, the bus stop scene was good also, the inner snob came right out of Arthur. If I had one complain it would be Zoes accent did grate a bit.
A little bit like an episode from the early series to finish series 4 (was it widely known that they were already filming series 5?) Stanley Meadows in one of his final acting roles, is good as the villainous Ronnie Shyvers. An early role for Christopher Fulford, he would appear alongside Dennis Waterman in an episode of New Tricks in 2009. Highlight for me is Arthur discussing "Christine Dior" with Dave. "Christian" "Well, I dunno. Could be, she seems like a nice lady". Great performances from everybody.
(was it widely known that they were already filming series 5?)
Yes, series 4 and series 5 were filmed as a single block between late 1983 and mid 1984, with a break for Christmas. I have a copy of the poster used to advertise the Christmas 1983 party for the crew. As far as I can tell to date, this episode was the last of the first block to be filmed.
Keep an eye out in this one for Arthur's series 7 lockup as Billy & Nigel do the robbery where Euston films were now based.
An early role for Christopher Fulford, he would appear alongside Dennis Waterman in an episode of New Tricks in 2009. Great performances from everybody.
Totally agree Zimbo. Christopher Fulford is a superb actor and has been in a stack of stuff over the years - a notable guest star in very many major British TV series from the 1980s through to the 2010s still. A memorable performance for me was his appearance in the 80s show 'King & Castle' called 'Kicks', which is a show not a million miles away from Minder.
Billy & Nigel are superb characters and were definitely two that needed a return visit to the show in a future episode. Without wanting to wander off topic it is interesting that plod were regulars but the villainous types in Minder only existed in the single episode bubble, with the exception of very few like Scotch Harry and arguably Des and Arnie.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Predictable at the end, knowing that the fashion line were going to be recovered. I'm surprised that it occured so quickly. It was funny seeing Arthur enter that night and thought the mannequin was someone and the fight at the Irish bar was entertaining also.
It's interesting to watch this now on modern equipment. Zoe was obviously dubbed in the early scene which wouldn't have been noticeable on the 26" Ferguson tv with it's 4 inch mono speaker back in the day.