Minder (1979–1994)

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Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »


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George Cole ...
 Arthur / ... (109 episodes, 1979-1994)
Glynn Edwards ...
 Dave / ... (95 episodes, 1979-1994)
 Terry / ... (73 episodes, 1979-1989)


Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to satisfy his employer's demands, and putting his own life at risk, Arthur is busy exploiting Terry for all he is worth. For, when other people hire Terry's services, through Arthur, Arthur usually keeps most of Terry's share of the money for himself, by misleading the hard-working Terry as to the amount of money, he (as Terry's agent) is receiving on Terry's behalf. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Dennis Waterman originally wanted Denholm Elliott to play the part of Arthur Daley. Executive producer Verity Lambert disagreed. See more »


In the opening titles for the Terry McCann episodes (Seasons 1-7) a sporty white Ford Escort with a blue stripe down the side is seen in the background. In a close-up shot of Terry looking at the Ford Capri he is about to buy, the Escort's window is up, but in a later shot where Arthur and Terry walk from the back of the Capri to admire it from a distance, the Escort's window is wound down. See more »


Referenced in Little Britain: Episode #2.3 (2004) See more »


I Could Be So Good For You
Lyrics by Patricia Maynard (as Waterman)
Music by Gerard Kenny (as Kenny)
Sung by Dennis Waterman (as Waterman)
Title song (1979-1988)
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One of the all-time greats
7 July 1999 | by (West St. Paul, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Brilliant British TV series starring George Cole as Arthur Daley, a shady businessman and used-car dealer on London's "alternate economy". Dennis Waterman is Terry McCann, Daley's business associate and bodyguard, or "minder", hence the title. The show ran for several years and usually centered on Arthur hatching some half-baked scheme, only to escape just a half-step ahead of the police or British mobsters. Patrick Malahide played Det. Sgt. Chisholm, a low-rent Javert who always seemed to let Arthur and Terry slip through his fingers.

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