Post by jno on Jun 1, 2015 11:41:05 GMT
Link to episode on minder.org: www.minder.org/episodeguide/S09E03_UneasyRider.htm
I've always been a fan of this one with Arthur running a courier service 'The Daley Post' around London with Morley hot on his tail for an arrest.
Arthur interviewing potential staff at the car lot is great and just shows how inept some young people can be in this sort of situation plus how Arthur is clearly full of his own ideas. We are soon into 'The Daley Post' and 'Ralphy & Keef' aka 'The Warnock Brothers' turn up and try to hand Arthur's venture a lot of dodgy business. Ray's first client 'Laura Kaye Models' are also getting aggro from an over enthusiastic nutter called Conway, desperate for a set of photos of June Grainger - given to and misplaced by Arthur's new venture. This leads to a very good scene between Arthur, Conway and the unexpected arrival of Jehovah's Witnesses with whom Arthur has no qualms about listening in order to save his own skin until Ray arrives.
According to the some production info I have on this one, this episode was originally entitled 'Close Encounters Of The Worst Kind'.
Filming dates for this one are a bit confusing based on the clues - it could be between 19 March 1992 and 20 June 1992 as there is a brief glimpse of 'Some Like It Hot' at The Prince Edward Theatre behind Gary Webster as he goes looking for clients - this production was showing there between these dates. Also, unless it is a prop, towards the end there a clear shot of a 'Daley Into Europe' calendar on the wall of the lockup which based on the dates and days shown could be August 1992, I am just not entirely sure what the week numbers 49, 50, 51, 52 mean on this - perhaps the end of Arthur's financial year? This is why I am inclined to think this is a made up calendar.
This isn't the funniest of episodes but it is a decent script and has some great characters - firstly in the form of some excellent acting from Brian Hibbard as 'Rabbit' (complete with Iron Maiden and Aerosmith t-shirts). Also, say what you like about Elaine Lordan as 'Trish' - personally I think she is absolutely brilliant in this episode as the fiery radio controller in charge of the couriers. With these characters, dodgy geezers in the form of the Warnock brothers, bent tickets, Morley and Field trying to work it all out, a nice punch from Ray, a tasty lady in the form of Sara Stewart and a visit from the taxman at the end, this is a very good effort overall!
Some great lines from Arthur:
Don't hang about Dave, wet the glasswear!
Ours but to push on and harvest the readies!
It's not often that one gets to chew the theological fat, so to speak.
Bibles, flood damaged - I thought that was a nice authentic touch.