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Minder on the Orient Express 

Feature-length special from the popular TV series "Minder". Saving deceased gangster Jack South's daughter Nikki from an attack by hired thugs earns "minder" Terry McCann a trip for two ... See full summary »

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Arthur Daley
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Dave Harris
Peter Childs ...
DS Rycott
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DS Chisholm
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François LeBlanc
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The Judge
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Helen Spender
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Mark Graves
Maurice Denham ...
Meredith Gascoyne
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James Crane
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Ted Moore
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Harry Ridler
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Nikki South
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Angelo Cappelloni
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Feature-length special from the popular TV series "Minder". Saving deceased gangster Jack South's daughter Nikki from an attack by hired thugs earns "minder" Terry McCann a trip for two across Europe on the famous Orient Express. But a perfect romantic opportunity with his girlfriend Annie is ruined when his dodgy employer & "friend" Arthur Daley cons his way onto the trip to avoid a court appearance, and Terry again finds himself battling to protect Nikki from a whole train load of sinister characters all after Nikki's legacy. Add to this a Mafia hitman, a gun-toting Interpol officer and an unwelcome appearance by Terry & Arthurs' London nemesis, the long suffering Detective Sergeant Chisholm... Written by Anonymous

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This episode was deliberately pitched against the first feature-length Christmas special of Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) in 1985 since the two shows were considered rivals because of their similar characters and scenarios. David Jason never considered them rivals because he was a big fan of Minder (1979) and felt it was something stirred up by the press just to sell newspapers. In the end, Only Fools came out ahead with an audience of 17 million, which shocked Jason. See more »

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Terry: Did you clock the geezer with the gold Hampsteads?
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Followed by Minder (2009) See more »

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Amusing But Out Of Character
2 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Local gangster Brian Gamage ( Nicknamed Brain Damage ) commits a violent crime which means Arthur Daley and his minder Terry McCann have to disappear for a while . So far so good but what lets down this feature length edition of MINDER ( Probably the most entertaining show from ITV in the early 1980s ) is the characterisation . I don't know how many scripts writer Andrew Payne contributed to the series but he seems to have a problem getting the characters of Arthur and Terry correct . The beauty of Arthur Daley is that he's a tight fisted spiv who always ends up getting Terry Mccann into trouble , Terry being a former criminal who is trying to go straight . But this character interaction doesn't translate to MINDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS . Arthur happily buys Terry drinks something he loath to do in the series : " Now Terrance you're working " and we see Terry offer a gangster top dog a fight " Oi do you fancy me or something ? " . Very unlikely that Terry would be so free with his fists from what we've previously seen from him

Where Payne does succeed is when he writes for other characters . Series regular Inspector Chisholm who has made it his life's work to bring Arthur and Terry bang to rights and send them down for a long time arrogantly believes that because he's a copper he's exempt from paying on the Orient Express and hasn't brought any money with him so he ends up in Arthur's debt . Highly unlikely but a very amusing scenario . Payne also manges to bring the other characters to life like this exchange between Ronald Lacey's gross and anorakish train enthusiast and Honor Blackman's prim and proper sardonic passenger

"Just show me a bogey and I'm in heaven "

" Yes I expect you probably are "

A very amusing one off edition of MINDER but one that doesn't capture the essence of the two regulars which leads me to believe that the script wasn't originally written for Arthur and Terry in mind


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