The left and middle pictures below are two behind the scenes shots often found around the internet (you'll see Dennis with cigarette in leftmost shot). I only just realised these two behind the scenes shots are taken during the filming of this episode.
If you compare the picture on the right (a grab from the episode around 36 minutes in), you can clearly see GC and DW in the same clobber as in the other two shots. The location is Palmerston Road, near where the phone boxes are. According to my records, this is the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd August 1983.
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Post by kusumkangguru on Mar 17, 2019 21:26:35 GMT
When I bought a DVD box-set of the Terry McCann years of 'Minder', I think this was one of the episodes I was most looking forward to watching again. Although admittedly the plot is full of holes and the ending is a bit haphazard, I still think it is one of the most genuinely enjoyable episodes - as others have already said, it's the dialogue and some of the one-liners that are top-notch. Some of my favourite lines include:
Dave: "I met Sean Connery once. Yeh, it was before he became Roger Moore."
Chisholm: "I'll be up for inspector next year... AGAIN!"
I love the way Patrick Malahide plays Chisholm in this one. Usually, Chisholm would be right on Arthur's tail during a scam like this one, and would probably be more jealously guarding of his information with Sprott. But this time round Chisholm seems more defeatist than normal, almost as if he realises he's never going to catch Arthur or JJ - the bitterness towards Arthur is obviously there, but he's quite happy to let the disgraced Sprott take the running himself, while he morosely considers his own stagnating career. The way he performs that line "I'll be up for inspector next year... AGAIN!" makes it surely one of the most memorable lines ever in 'Minder' (though Dave's wittering on about James Bond and the frogman's outfit runs it close!)
Other memorable performances include that of Mo in the dodgy PO Box office...
Bloke: "Where are my parcels?" Mo: "You're standing on 'em!"
...with the two scenes set there being so well performed by all involved. Just look at the expression of awe on Arthur's face as he begins to contemplate the possibilities that such a place could offer. And the signs so briefly seen outside in the corridor: the Anglo-Albanian Wine Merchants, and Blarney Stone Co. scrawled on a torn-off strip of brown card.
Andrew the accountant is performed really well - a character that deservedly reappears in other later episodes. I also really enjoyed the characters of the printer, Sprott the disgraced copper, the railway station master, Petal and the tax-inspector - well played all round. However, the stand-out appearance in this episode is that of JJ Mooney, played by TP McKenna. Surely one of the most lovable of lovable rogues ever to appear in 'Minder'
One other thing to point out is the railway station itself, complete with wooden platforms and masquerading under the name of 'Acton Green', but in reality South Acton on the old North London Line (now part of the London Overground). While Arthur is spinning his lines to the station master during their first meeting (Arthur pointing at the ground: "Melbourne". Priceless!), there are at least two references to 'Broad Street', as well as this station being visible on the destination signs next to the telephone boxes. Broad Street was the terminus of this line up until 30th June 1986, and was located next to Liverpool Street station. It was then demolished to make way for the Bishopsgate office development. As part of the London Overground, the line now continues all the way to Stratford.
Post by kusumkangguru on Mar 17, 2019 21:31:38 GMT
Oh, and I nearly forgot. The young female gang member who picks up the phone, says the line "Sorry pal, wrong number", puts the receiver down and then blows a pink bubble of bubble gum at Arthur's face!
Excellent episode, I suppose I would say that as I take my name here from one of the characacters in it! The much missed T.P. McKenna (JJ Mooney) of course. He turned up in just about every drama series in the UK in the 60s/70s/80s.