Post by jno on Jun 10, 2015 6:22:22 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S08E06_TheLastTemptationOfDaley.htm
I watched this one again recently and I although I think both Arthur & Ray do their best to make something out of the script, I have always found the story in this one tends drags out a little too much. Although GC is on top form, there are large gaps where very little happens and sadly this is not one of my favourites as Arthur is a little bit on the silly side throughout as he has temporarily given up booze and cigars.
I am still not sure what the doctor's receptionist says to Arthur at the start of this one as he enters the surgery - it sounds like "Dr Hardman's been buzzing" which Arthur replies "I haven't been feeling too good myself". Benny McLeish is clearly a bit of a nutter in this one and the fight scene at the end probably could have been a bit more brutal than it turned out.
Some familiar faces - the pub landlord is Arthur Whybrow, who was Bozz Boswell in 'Minder On The Orient Express'. I recognise the girl at the bar at the end but cannot place her. One of the heavies who works for McLeish seen in the van at the end is Terry 'Terence' Plummer, who appeared in lots of earlier episodes of Minder.
The man in the café who Arthur throws his coffee over was also a bouncer at the casino in 'You Lose Some, You Win Some' back in series 2.
According to the locations list for this episode, the wine merchant that Arthur goes to at the end is The Nest, Hanwell at 106 Uxbridge Rd. There is also an entry for external shot of a garage listed as Brent Wheel & Tyre, 154 Church Rd, NW10 - this doesn't feature in the episode so I can only assume this wasn't filmed or cut out later on. Ray does refer to getting the car fixed after Arthur hits the kerb.
As for clues as to when it was filmed - the man in the café is reading a Daily Mirror with a partially viewable headline but nothing much else to go except Cadbury's Cream Eggs on the shop counter only available 6 weeks prior to Easter - unlikely a prop as apparently shop was in use then so this must be one of the last to be filmed. Morley's hair is a little bit longer too.
Very few funny moments in this one unfortunately but this one line was quite witty:
Arthur: No thank you, I just put one out.
Overall, a pretty mediocre affair this one which only shows that Ray will do anything for Arthur to help him out. Only a few familiar faces and half a decent fight sequence at the end do much in this one for me. 5/10