Have to chaulk this one down as average. Due to the shortcomings already mentionned. Also the morning scene in the Winchester with Dave, Morrie, Tel and Arthur has so many coincidences to wrap up the story it is scarcely believable. The heavies employed to put the frighteners on Arthur turn to jelly far too easily once Terry has given them a quick slap outside the Winchester. These few things are that bit over the top to knock this one back, in the middle of the strongest Minder series.
I think Rowans' 'heavies' were meant to be unconvincing tbh. They'd met Rowan in prison and were looking to make, what they thought would be, some easy money when they got out. Fronting Arthur a couple of times and talking the talk was one thing but coming up against a seasoned fighter like Terry soon gave them a taste of reality.
I am enthralled with Arthur's style of running, shown when Terry found he had an apparent heart issue! I have seen that run many times with one leg seemingly going "low" in some steps and always with a straight back. Perfection, and so natural. Genius without effort.
Watched this today, at first I thought it was George Carter when I saw Dennis in his raincoat Mac! This episode was bang average compared to others in series 3. I laughed at Rowens heavies wanting to "pull his ears off" line when Arthur hadn't got the message regarding calling Terry off the job. Terrys "handbags" altercation was poor considering John helped him by stamping his foot on one of the blokes was comical. Oh, and showing John the basics in boxing was a laugh being off balance with his stance. No fault of the actor who played John, but it looked like the casting agent went on to cast adults in school uniforms in the later TV show In-Betweeners. Once again, an anticipated punch up with some muscle, in this case Charlie, came to nothing once he'd recognised Terry from a prior boxing match. Disappointing. Gareth Hunt saved this episode for me. Overall, 6/10 and I think that's fair.
As has been pointed out, this falls in a very strong series of Minder, and may not be the best of them, but with some fine supporting roles joining George, Dennis and Glynn, it's a very memorable, and re-watchable episode.
Loved Annabel Leventon in this, she certainly had something....spunk, maybe, if that scene where she confronts Ted is any indication
Bobbie Brown was fine, too...
Don't believe it's been mentioned yet, but credit to the actor playing Rowan, Gary Waldhorn...did well, just as the others did. I liked how Alex offered to at least by a round of drinks in the end..and that classic, hilarious moment when Arthur says, "I'd just like to say, these few words", to which Terry adds, "the drinks are on me", earning himself an easy freebie, or two...awesome
Actually I think it was BBC2 that is went out on. Might be wrong.
I think what your are referring to Swainy was on BBC2 and was presented by Shaw Taylor? I'm sure I taped this and may even still have this as Shoestring was on it. I remember C4 had a similar thing on Saturday night in the 90s also and I remember the Sweeney being on it, the one with the character Popeye in it.
The early 1990s Channel 4 nostalgia show was called t.v heaven, which was presented by frank muir, it ran in Saturday nights in spring 1992 for 13 episodes.