And in the same scene, what exactly is the arcade game there behind Chisholm? Top something?
I've taken the time to look for it. I'm usually good at looking for stuff like this but... it may just be a decoration for the scene unless it's an actual game that I really don't know off. I wouldn't think the show would be careless to advertise a game logo on the screen. Usually because arcade cabinets themselves were the main attraction and the ingame graphics themselves sell what people are getting when they pay to play. My best guess, the production team placed the sticker there for the scene, or maybe the owners of the machine placed the sticker there to attract attention. It may not actually be the game logo, maybe just a quirky way of just decorating the arcade machine for show. if it is a game, I would like to know.
Saw this yesterday, and probably enjoyed it even more than I've done in the past. An absolutely fun romp, and while the then rival showing of Only Fools And Horses's To Hull And Back is probably a contender for one of my favorite episodes of anything EVER, this felt like a very good TV film, if not a cinematic release, seeing it now. Stands the test of time.
Andrew Payne wrote this. As I've said before, this man has written some of the best, most enduring Minder episodes.
As soon as we get our first "present day" opening scene, we hear the cheesiness of the main theme..but it's fine.
With his comment to the working ladies, Arthur begs the question as to whether or not he would ever have actually used their services.
And of those two ladies..one is Lee Richards..one of the most voluptuous of richards Brit telly would stick in their shows, in the era. The Two Ronnies, Doctor Who, Hammer House of Horror, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Only Fools and Horses, and a few times in Minder..I've seen her "features" crop up in these productions, and there's more I've yet to see.
Have to say, this time round, seeing Karl Howman as heavy Browning is much cooler, now that I've seen some Brush Strokes. Good job, here...especially liked his little smile and wave to Arthur, when he just shows up at the car lot, and heads straight to the office, with Pope in tow..nice touch.
Dave gets the odd moment, including speaking of Terry, to Arthur, "He just dunno when he's well orft".
Here, fans of Laurel And Hardy see the pair in a small appearance...as piggy banks, or something, at Nikki's gaff.
Linda Hayden wasn't half bad in this..a decent advert for blondekind, to be sure..just wish we'd seen more of her. Do have to wonder though if that was a syrup, or what. Still, good stuff, and I liked her shouting at Arthur, as well as her nudging Tel, when he wonders who he could take on the trip.
I feel as if I may have heard the tune playing when Annie winks into the security camera at Tel, but it's hard to make out, in the background there.
Good scene in the park..where we get a shoutout for maninasuitcase, known user here.
While we're playing this game, user VAT gets TWO shoutouts, when Daley orders a large one, and has to repeat himself.
Nice to see a nod to Rycott's self professed "Infallible copper's instinct" here..to know with certainty that where Tel is, Daley would be too, and head straight for the train station like that, was impressive.
A fine aerial shot or two, during the initial London train sequence.
"He didn't sound Welsh, did he..he seemed like a nice chap". The sort of comment you'd hear in shows of the day, but surely not today.
Always liked the scene with Helen Spender meeting Arthur and Terry in their cabin..loved Arthur discussing his wife...who is currently....indoors.
Maurice Denham did well, as Meredith Gascoyne here.
Arthur outside the train window was indeed great to see..good on George Cole for doing that, especially if he got hurt, when pulled inside.
George Cole had no right to elicit a laugh from his saying "Arthur Parfur", but he did, and hearing Amanda Pays saying it was even better.
Debbie Arnold was memorable throughout, as an "appendage", or two, to the villains on the train. From her cute antics during her meal, to playing with her...puppy...and then of course, looking for "her Angelo". And she looks great in lingerie, and all..something we already knew, from episode 6x02.
The hang-hang-hanging judge...I'm forever blowing bubbles, and come on you Hammers..drunken Daley at his best.
Somewhat poignant moment, I think, when Mark tells Nikki to stick with her own..and she realizes who he is..great stuff, from both the actors there.
And great performing for sure, from Dennis Waterman, when telling Moore to make him sit down, in their confrontation..menacing stuff, from Tel..shame it was followed by that rather farcical slapstick scene, though it didn't detract that much from the film.
And speaking of menacing, Crane did come off as a nasty bit of work, especially when he actually thumped Nikki.
As annoying as it was at first, I like Payne's choice to let the money slip away from our heroes in the end, once we recall that it was ill gotten gains, in the first place.
It's Dave who saved the day in the end, reminding Arthur of the subpoena.
Seeing Nikki having a laugh with Tel at Arthur's expense in the Winch was great. Amanda Pays was constantly cute, right up to her last scene.
As for the last shot, with Arthur and Tel...I dunno about that, too much..but overall, this special was surely worthy of a cinematic release, and certainly could use a repeat or two on telly these days.
When I spoke to Meic Povey about this one I felt a little sorry that only Chisholm gets to go to France and he was left at home with a few lines.
I think it's almost impossible not to like this - arguably the script isn't the best ever Minder but the superb scenery, the train and the array of dodgy geezer characters just take you on a very enjoyable journey from start to finish. Top dollar Minder this.
I agree about poor Meic Povey here, jno...and the rest of what you said.
what exactly is the arcade game there behind Chisholm? Top something?
My best guess, the production team placed the sticker there for the scene, or maybe the owners of the machine placed the sticker there to attract attention. It may not actually be the game logo, maybe just a quirky way of just decorating the arcade machine for show.
I did a fair bit of research on this. Since we have very little to go on, it was too tough to ascertain for sure..but I'm with westldner here, basically..it's probably either a made up decoration, or maybe even just the name of the company that does the bare cabinet, for all I can tell. I did search for arcade games beginning with T, three letters, like top, but nothing seems to match. I shall keep my eye out for more fun stuff like this in other episodes, I guess.
My only quibble about this one, was too many guest stars, it was hard to keep up with who was who on the train at times..Maurice Denham and Adam Faith could have been given bigger parts I feel, maybe they were and it ended up on the cutting room floor, who knows.
The chemistry between Arthur and Terry shone through as it does in every single episode for me. No matter what the storyline is they light up every scene they are in together.
That's the first time I've even seen a Betamax tape!
Is it wrong of me to admit I had a box full of the things and a machine to play them on at one point?
Arthur would probably try and sell them as "antiques and collectables" today!
Nothing wrong with that admission. I knew a guy in South Wales in 1997 who was a Betamax enthusiast, and had lots of machines that he repaired and was in a Betamax enthusiasts society. I bet he never had 'Minder On The Orient Express' from down under though.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.