Very interesting - a prophetic article indeed! Amazing to read something from the time, rather than views based on hindsight.
It got me thinking about the 'Ray' years....3 years of success and some great episodes, only a few turkeys. Plenty of funny moments that stick in the mind. I think they pulled the plug at the right time though as it was starting to run out of steam.
2nd episode in and I liked this, had a lot of the gritiness in this episode that made the Terry years so brilliant, probably helped with the location of Herbies warehouse. I think we see a lot more of Dave in the Ray episodes, which is a good thing in my opinion.
I loved the line about milk teeth the dentist used when Ray was trying to chat her up and as usual the cap was doffed to GC for his scenes after Arthur left the dentist after some happy juice.
Frightening to think it is 25 years this year since they first aired, where does the time go...
Good episode, which I watched on ITV4, this afternoon, good to see the first appearance of Emma Cunningham (Gloria), I always liked her character, she ended up being frustrated with Ray (because of Arthur).
Also good to see Philip McCough (Herbie Collins), whenever I see Philip McGough, on TV, I always think of the word Arnie (the character played by Philip, in a memorable episode of Only Fools and Horses), Collins, turned out to be crooked, just like Arnie, a memorable line from Collins to Arthur - see the geezer in the Terry Thomas outfit.
Like pr1, I also found the scene's, featuring Arthur and Ray, dealing with the lift, a bit of a drag, the rest of the episode, was well worth watching.
I would say it does set up what looks like a stage for what appears for the following future episodes in the series, if not of Minder. There's a part of me that says 'I should have seen it coming'. It did turn out great during the end with how the situation panned out at the warehouse.
It's a good episode with a decent story. The Arthur Ray partnership isn't bad considering this was the first one filmed. Nick Day proving to be excellent casting, even if we were bemoaning the loss of Chisholm, etc back in 1991.
I hated the sequence with the elevator even more this time. It just stops a pretty good episode in its tracks.
I think that's a fair comment there pr1 and have thought the same myself in the past.
There were a probably a couple of possible scenarios for an outcome for this one I'm sure, but the one they went with at least allowed Gary Webster to demonstrate the fact he was young and athletic i.e. the new kid on the block.
The scenes where Morley was looking down the lift shaft were of apparently a reshoot and I'd love to know who his predecessor was.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.