Watched this last night, nearly finished off the Terry McCann years on my boxset now. I had seen it previously as I remember Rula Lenska in it and for some reason I don't like her as an actress.
Anyway, I did enjoy this episode upon this viewing. Arthurs nephew Nigel was something else, only Minder could take a character like this and make him a figure of ridicule, the sticker over the swastika had me in stitches also his aspiration to join the police due to being handy with the boots also had a ring of truth in it. Arthur in the bank trying to exchange the Roubles was priceless and also his dedication to socialism!
Who was the actress who played Lillian, Nigels Mum? She looked familiar, but hasn't got a credit on IMDB.
Even a run of the mill episodes of Minder contain several memorable lines of dialogue. This episode seems to have enough for two! I liked Terry calling the Russian cash "Moscow Monopoly moneyl". Another good one is when Dave is winding Arthur up about how the government could be on to his dealing with the Russian and that he could be investigated by "The Secret Service. MI-5. The Professionals."
Nigel is some piece of work and I don't blame Arthur for not wanting anyone to know they are related.
Post by syrupapplesnpears on Oct 16, 2016 17:41:23 GMT
Lots to see here - Arthur's nephew, who calls everyone 'John' (when he brings his documents in, doesn't the Desk Sergeant call Chisholm 'John'?), the Winchester scene where Arthur chucks water on the Russkie's head and Dave bemoaning his standard of clientele...It's great that Minder found so many different scenarios for Terry and Arthur - by now they must have been able to put them in any situation and the script would have written itself as the characters were so well-delineated. Anything online concerning Dennis's fascination with Rula? Just curious...
A very amusing and enjoyable episode, although I found the actual plot with the Russians a little bit thin. The spy references, Deighton, KGB and even, The Professionals are all superb. When Ernie tells Dave that Sergei is Russian, Dave's reply of "I'd hate to see him slow" or words to that effect. Arthur's description of Nigel as "a bald punk" is hilarious too. Nice to see Michael Goethard in a rare light role as Sergei.
Glynn Edwards recent passing reminded me of the scene in this episode when Dave is winding Arthur up about what government departments could be after him. It's one of my favorite moments in a program full of great moments.
A good amusing episode , again with some great one liners
Although Nigel was a funny character , he was best kept as a one off . I would imagine if he had been a regular , he may have worn a bit thin
At least with Justin , his gift of the gab , cheeky chappie image kept us amused
There were some exchanges between Dennis Waterman & Rula Lenska , where it looked as though they were trying to keep a straight face
One laugh out loud moment , for me , was when Arthur was sat in the Daimler , wearing the Russian hat , we are so used to seeing him in
his trilby , this was hilarious
When Arthur & Terry are driving to the pub , for the first meeting with Sergi , they appear to pass the same junction with the roadworks barrier , three times !!
Michael Gothard playing Sergi , was familiar as Kodai from The Professionals episode , Stopover
Probably one of the better episodes from this series , 7/10
Michael Gothard played a sinister Bond villain in For Your Eyes Only. He didn’t have a line of dialogue, just a scream as Bond kicked his car off a cliff with him in. It was a pretty harsh thing for a Roger Moore Bond to do, but to be fair the Gothard character was a brutal serial killer, so I suppose he couldn’t take any chances!
This is average for me. It's not bad, but it is the weakest episode in a very strong series 6. It has the feel of a typical Ray Daley episode somehow, nothing to be ashamed of, but the show was certainly familiar and maturing at this stage.