I love Emma Wray as an actress. She seemed a goodtime girl who would have done any part for a fair price. She deserved a few episodes on Minder as say a call girl or stripper. Certainly a classic actress fondly remembered in the same way as Janet Dibley from The Two Of Us.
A great episode, as everyone seems to have said. Really nothing bad I could possibly have to say about this..on paper it's a winner from the off, even without George Cole and the great guest stars.
Andrew Payne again..it must be noted, that this man wrote some of the most downright classic of Minder episodes.
The video shop idea is great..perfect for the time.
About Tel looking/feeling older..personally I see this as part of an intentional/unintentional theme in series 7..whether it was him feeling over the hill, or needing a new start..which all sort of led to him finally jacking it in. Wasn't the clean continuity we'd have liked, but closest we'd get.
Like those Holywood T shirts..not the last time we'll see fun with dodgy T shirts/words on Daley approved clothing.
As has been noted, Emma Wray was great, as Tracy. Interesting to see someone a bit younger working for Daley. I guess Dennis Waterman, Ray Winstone and others don't have the vibrant, spunky youthful look she exhibits here. Most of the people he does business with seem to be older fellas. You wouldn't think youth would bother with old Arthur, though in the Ray years he does end up selling a computer/video game to one.
And good to see another woman standing up to Arthur's antics, which makes three in as many episodes on the trot now (Mrs. Harris, and the Hounslow reporter being the other two).
I'm into Star Trek..so spotted the Next Generation poster above the little door in the video shop. A little research showed me that there were indeed releases on VHS/Betamax in the 80's in UK..but seems they were for rental only. Interesting.
When the heavy offers to give Tel a smack, Tel doesn't look too afraid or anything..he'd have handled himself, just perhaps could have done with more confidence. A good scene.
I like the scene in Tel's place, when Arthur learns about Jack Last. Nice collage of Marilyn Monroe or something, on the wall, at the scene's start. And love it when Arthur asks Tel to sort things with Last, and he says it depends..on if he asks nicely. Which gives Arthur kittens.
Last wasn't kidding. The birds on his videotape certainly do seem...saucy.
Of the two VCR's used by Tel, I actually had the top one, Sharp model. Interesting that Terry was up on the tricks, on copying tapes and all. I myself don't think I ever did it, with that particular VCR. As for Tel, this was the man who, as Dave once put it, usually gives technology "a right hander", as customer service.
Tel's dealing with Last and lackey the second time, both verbally and physically, was good stuff.
Thank goodness we got Rycott, and not, say, Macdonald. It sure was a moment for him, when he reckoned they were going to lock Daley up.
Garfield Morgan certainly has presence, as always. I wondered if his character had heard of Dyer, previously.
Rycott's boat, when told he has to let Daley walk, is the stuff of legend...priceless, from Peter Childs.
Thanks to Daley, the tapes got Toad from The Wind In The Willows on them..and we get David Jason in Minder, or at least his voice..which was neat.
Lastly, a bit of a novel question: "BloodyDaley" is indeed a great moment, as far as the show goes...but would it have bothered Dyer or Last all that much, that the tapes they recovered are now just The Wind In The Willows? Wouldn't they have trashed the tapes, or recorded over 'em anyhow? Only thing I can think of is that they were peeved at the waste of effort they'd gone to to get the tapes, but would they have rather have taken the chance?
There was a Q&A with Rula Lenska in the Mail On Sunday magazine yesterday, where she revealed that she had a nickname of 'Sandy' which may explain a bit about the in joke of that policewoman lookalike at the end of the episode.
Nice zimbo. I hadn't noticed that at all till seeing it here.
I think the reason that Last and Dyer were so peeved was due to the fact that -
1 - Last no longer had any sort of hold or leverage over Dyer once the video of Dyer with the girls had been wiped.
2 - Dyer had been persuaded by Terry to get Arthur off the hook on the strength of the tape which no longer existed.
Hi Btb. Good points, especially about Last. Though I'd have thought he would hardly think to pull that shtick again in the future. With someone like Dyer, you just feel it just wouldn't wash, a second time..somehow. But as for your second point, about Dyer himself..him being peeved would still seem pointless, like crying over spilled milk. Mind you, he didn't shout about it quite as passionately as Last did.
Another point: Dyer works for "special crimes". He's not your ordinary detective. Would he not then be up on the tricks, like Tel was? I.e would he not have reason to fear that Tel could have made a million copies of the tape anyhow? Perhaps he thought Tel didn't know the Vcr copying trick(s). I dunno. I'm glad he underestimated the situation though, personally...cause we got the BloodyDaley moment
Another corker! Watched this episode again yesterday and it was a treat from start to finish. So many memorable bits and laugh-out-loud moments and as has already been said, such excellent attention to detail with the cotton wool in the ear etc.