I thought that this was appropriate episode to watch after recent events...A sort of tongue 'n' cheek view to it all, if you will. Even has a special guest appearence of Penny Morrell (George Cole's wife).
Given the plot of this episode I wasn't sure what to expect. It's quite good actually. George Cole is as brilliant as ever and there is a number of fine moments of characterization for Terry as well as Dave. Poor Chisholm is still getting aggro from Arthur even after his demise. Arthur's return from the dead is amusing and reminded me of Agatha Christie's famous "disappearance".
Post by syrupapplesnpears on Oct 9, 2016 21:05:38 GMT
Some great stuff here - Arthur's false 'tache and 'je ne quai ca', some dodgy poetry from Daphne Mount and Chisholm's first name (Albert! Later referred to as Charlie?) And didn't Terry get warm in that green parka? The "Amnesia?" sccne is priceless. 'He dealt, he diddled...he died'. Brilliant.
I'm surprised there aren't more comments on this one. It's a superb comedy episode by the brilliant Tony Hoare. Nice to see Mark Farmer making his second appearance as Justin(e). Great scene between him and Terry at the car lot following Arthur's "suicide". Good to see John Alkin turn up as the journalist. Great scene with Dave at The Winchester "Arthur didn't have a big brother" Priceless Chisholm and Jones are excellent in this one and nice to hear mention of Rycott. The scene with the bust at the end is magnificent!
The scene in the park where Arthur and Terry meet for the first time is priceless. After Terry says Arthur looks like Groucho Marks, the way he slips, with cigar in hand, from the farthest end of the bench towards Terry in a manner you could easily associate with said comic, this has me in stitches every time. You don't write comic detail like that, it has to be the actors skill all the way (unless jno has a script with notes telling us otherwise) 😄
"Large V small T... stick it on the slate Dave..."
I watched Arthur Is Dead, Long Live Arthur, on ITV4, this afternoon, another episode which I have always liked, the music that can be heard, at the start of the episode, I can remember hearing in episodes of the 1990s TV series Great Crimes and Trials, I liked the scenes featuring Mr Black (Arthur) and Daphne Mount (Penny Morrell), no surprise that some people, were reluctant to contribute to Arthur's Memorial collection, once again, we see Arthur's devious side (faking amnesia), when he knows the game is up, the scene (featuring the bust) at the end of the episode, was unforgettable.
For quite some time now I having been spending part of my Sundays with Terry and Arthur. I haven't watched any Minder the past couple of Sundays so it was great to resume with this excellent episode. I think this is one of the best episodes with many great lines and scenes. A couple of things stood out on my second viewing. The first was Arthur in the elevator and leaving the Inland Revenue and the second was when "Cheerful Charlie Chisholm" finds Arthur at the hotel. Chisholm is about to lose it and Arthur just sits there calmly with a bemused look on his face. Great stuff.
Had me there wondering how Arthur would return to real life if there were going to be more episodes considering this was more then half way into the series with Arthur faking his own death and the entire world believing it.