So this one is a little far fetched. But it is 4/5 because of the very clever title, some really good dialogue, and after the first episode set piece, this is where we settle down into the series properly. But it's still early days so the audience has to be brought into the show.
Arthur and Terry have a good amount of screen time in this compared to 'Gunfight at the OK launderette'. So I really like the banter developing between them. When he calls around to Terry's flat for the first time, Arthur let's Terry know that the next job is a doddle - 'cushy isn't in it'. Could be an expression you'd use today. The line about Rose Mellors Minder making 'Harpo Marx talk' is another great line. We get to see Terry's flat and Capri for the first time as well.
But the story is a little far fetched (like ringing in to the radio to give over the address) and the Nicky Henson character is a bit over the top. Nicky Henson being an uncle of Adam Henson who's farm in the Cotswolds is always featured on Countryfile. Adam mentioned his uncle a few times, as that must be where he gets his ability to perform in front of the camera. Nicky Henson was also in Fawlty Towers around this time as one of Basil's nemesis.
A few things you notice in this one. Terry makes up sandwichs with lots of salad cream. So popular at the time, you can still get it but sales must have nosedived since the 70s.
Arthur tries out a posher accent for the scenes in his flat with Albert. Must have just been establishing the Arthur character here and his background.
At the end the barman tells Terry and Arthur to pop down to the Bank of England to change the old notes. Terry says he doesn't even know where it is. It is a little bit loose to think that a wheeler dealer like Arthur wouldn't know that the £1 notes had gone out of circulation by now. Or that Terry a born and bred Londoner wouldn't know where the Bank of England is. Considering it's a landmark building with it's own tube stop. Or again maybe this is the Terry character bedding down and he really is a fairly innocent lad behind it all.
This is a very strong episode in my opinion. A lot going on during it. Locations shift throughout. Love Albert Stubbs decoy bit of a character George who gets blind drunk at the pub upon release from prison. Another funny scene where he phones into the radio station with the answer to the question. Has so many of the authentic minder characteristics such as variable locations, strong guest actors and that quick think on your feet dialogue. As many have alluded to previously that late 70s era makes the first series one of the best. The locations are so crucial as we see London subtly evolve with each episode.
Post by nationalpelmet on Nov 17, 2020 7:38:05 GMT
Watching this after “Gunfight” makes me think this was more of a starting point proper. The first episode has a feel of a pilot even though I understand it was not the first one filmed. I think Rose is a great character. Love the bit at the end when Arthur is interviewing Terry about his liaison and he replies with a nod and a smirk.
Sorry about my lack of reviews lately , as my old dvd player has given up & I am unable to watch my boxsets . Trying to find a replacement is not easy . However , there are quite a few episodes of Minder on You Tube , that I have not written about , so watch this space !!
This is an episode I remember watching , as a repeat , in the late 80s & I agree , it was one of the very few season one episodes shown at the time . This was probably due to the fact , they were more grittier & violent & several contained long scenes in strip clubs ! I always like this one & there are some great scenes , firstly Arthur s revelation to Terry , that the bloke he has been minding is not the real " Stubbs " , is brilliant . The look on Arthur s face , when Rose Mellors kisses Terry , at the end , is absolutely priceless . I also love the finale in the pub , when it comes out that the old one pound notes are no longer legal tender , although I have to agree , it does seem a bit odd that Arthur was not aware of this , being the wheeler dealer that he is . This being an early episode , the absence of Chisholm or Rycott , is certainly noticeable . I am sure one of them would have loved to have got involved in this .
Some good supporting actors as well , Nicky Henson , memorable from one of my favourite Fawlty Towers episodes , Kenneth Cope & not forgetting that brief appearance by " Bill the driver " .
Terry s Capri in this episode , is a 2.0GL JRX782P , which I don t think we see him in again . Jack drives a MK3 Capri 3.0S , in Strato Silver , identical to Bodie s , right down to the " fish net " headrests . There is a great scene near the beginning , involving the two Capris , after Terry has picked up " Stubbs " from prison . The switch later on involves , two lime green Mini 850s , which have numerous trim differences , that have been noted in earlier reviews . They both use the registration GLH109N , which is the genuine plate , for one of them !!
My first Minder of the new year. Always liked the twist in this one with Terry minding a decoy Albert Stubbs and Arthur with the real Albert Stubbs, an early example of Arthur's shady character "On my sainted mother's grave" - "Normally this would be okay for me Arthur, but I happen to know that your old mum is alive and well and living in Frinton" - brilliant. Rose Mellors is a great character and I am glad she came back for another episode. Nice payoff at the end with the pound notes being out of circulation. An episode that shows Minder finding it's feet. 4 out of 5.
I've always wished that Terry had a 3 litre Capri. I reckon he would have liked one and seen it as the car of choice for a 'lad about town' such as himself.
It would have been good to see Terry 'tear-arsing' around in a V6, even using it to his advantage in some car chase scenes which could have been written into the series.
Yeah, you always feel he got a bit of a ‘half arsed’ car, I never really got to see the point in any Capri that wasn’t a 3.0 or later 2.8i. Despite the obvious appeal of the likes of a 2.0 Ghia or S to some folk. I always found it strange that for a long time they offered a full range like any other model with base L , GL, S &Ghia. The S was always my favourite, but nowadays,I’d take a 3.0 Ghia, in a nice metallic, tomb stone seats and auto box. Must be getting old(er)....
back to the episode - this is a great episode, I have watched this episode a lot more than many others , many years ago, as Barry the Book had this on a double video from WH Smith or Woolies with Gunfight at OK Laundrette and I obviously watched it a lot more.