When I first saw Rik Mayall in this one I thought out was going to be good. However, this for me is probably the worst of the six with very little going and a lot of time going down the Thames on a boat - which I didn't find particularly funny. It was a shame this one was broadcast second and not later on as it is such a weak story. The wine theme is ok and Lex Shrapnel is pretty good in this, but the story is just a very poor use of some of the very good acting talent on offer here.
The funniest part of this one are the depressing songs the entertainer is playing on the boat. This one was too eccentric too early on and was not good for the way the series was received by the media I feel. The whole Rik Mayall (Maurice) breakdown thing at the end is just nonsense to me and not even great actors can really save this poor story I feel - 3/10.
From TV TIMES on 11th February 2009:
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
If the script for this episode was considered acceptable it makes you wonder what they rejected! This is a bad episode and not just because it's Minder. It's just plain bad. At times it felt like they were just making it up as they floated on the Thames. To be fair there are brief bits throughout the episode that are ok. The so-called wedding singer was mildly amusing.
The final scene celebrating Petra's reopening was the best part of the episode. Archie tells Petra, Dave would be proud. Was there suppose to be a connection between Petra and Dave?
Agreed with the first post, I did also find the story rather predictable half-way and knew what was going to happen towards the end. Great acting but story-wise could have been better. Also Tower Bridge as the backdrop made the filming rather amateur in my opinion.