George stars as a former butler in this one off which also has a scene with him and Gary Webster in pre-Minder. It is a million miles away from Minder but I quite enjoyed it - it was made about a year or so before George and Gary first started doing Minder and shown at Christmas 1990. It also stars Gudrun Ure who most of us know as 'Supergran'.
Here is the scene with George & Gary, as George's character Eric moves into a retirement home:
Here's a letter sent to the the Daily Express on Tuesday 27th March 1990 - I am pretty sure it must have been about this as I don't remember George as a butler in much else around that time? Clearly Ms April Lewis is not a fan.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I must admit I had no knowledge at all of this programme until I saw the brief clip on You Tube with Gary Webster a few years ago. I'm surprised I didn't watch it at the time as I was always a massive George Cole fan and tried to watch everything he was in, on first broadcast.
I've just seen this for the very first time and as always, I was very impressed with George's acting. Although this was filmed around the same time as the first Gary Webster Minders, George's character is not recognisable as Arthur Daley. It takes a great talent to come across as someone completely different when you appear exactly the same physically as another very familiar character. Interesting though, although George is best known as Arthur and Flash Harry, he has played a lot of non wide boy roles, e.g. My Good Friend, Dad and many of his 1950s films.
There were some great lines this, especially about the House of Lords! I also liked how George questioned the girl not cleaning the silver up to a high standard.....then when he thought about how hard he worked and how little he was rewarded for it, why bother! This resonated with me a lot as my father is of the generation who gets the biggest reward himself from taking a pride in doing things to a high standard. When it often transpires that the highest financial or career rewards go to those who take short cuts, to put it politely! It is great to do things well but it can lead to be taken advantage of. There was quite a lot of great human nature type content in this and I was very impressed with Leslie Phillips too, especially during the police interview scene. He might be known for playing women chasing characters Carry On style but Leslie is clearly a great actor too.
I was a bit surprised that Gary Webster had such a small blink and you'll miss it part. It just shows what a massive leap playing Ray was for Gary and it is a great shame he didn't go on to achieve much more in acting afterwards.
I'm not sure if Life After Life was initially intended to become a series - if it was, I'm not sure how much mileage could be gleaned from the scenario. I can imagine it wasn't particularly well received at the time as everyone was so used to George playing Arthur. I can see where the letter writer from Fleet is coming from but this is definitely worth watching for George's performance.
I started watching this last night, so glad to see there is thread here on it, I was very much surprised (having just started viewing the Ray years) to see Gary Webster in this with George. What did make me laugh was Gary asks George to carry the mattress because he has a bad back, which was the complete reversal to Georges usual line in minder about his back and not being able to carry things. I wonder if that was an intentional joke.
Finished watching this last night, found it a nice gentle comedy and totally agree, watching it you don't feel or think oh look its Arthur Daley. The final scene does almost imply that a spin off series was to come. First time I'd seen Supergran in anything other than Supergran.
I keep saying to myself "Arthur Daley" when I was watching this. Eric Burt! It does sink in a bit that he is a different character (as Minder already been known for much of that last decade since this was filmed), someone who isn't able to get the income and has to go on some other form of welfare. (considering he doesn't have his minder around).