Minder: Season 2, Episode 6

The Beer Hunter (16 Oct. 1980)

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An old Army pal of Arthur's, known as Yorkie, comes down to London to chat about old times and have a night on the ale. After a drinking session he goes missing and when Arthur catches up ... See full summary »

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George Cole ...
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Brian Glover ...
Yorkie
Georgina Hale ...
Renee
Pat Ashton ...
Dora
Alan David ...
Chef
Robert Blythe ...
Coliver
Jo Warne ...
Brenda
Bill Rourke ...
Police Constable (as William Rourke)
Janine Duvitski ...
Carol
Carlos Douglas ...
Carlos
Marshall Ward ...
Trev
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Reg
Victor Baring ...
Enrico
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An old Army pal of Arthur's, known as Yorkie, comes down to London to chat about old times and have a night on the ale. After a drinking session he goes missing and when Arthur catches up with him he has lost his trousers, apparently after a visit to a lady of pleasure. Yorkie's wife is due to arrive very soon and the trousers, or their replacement, will have to be found. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Arthur Daley: [Arthur is sat in his car fast asleep, a gang of boys are kicking a football against a wall nearby, one of the boys boots the ball and it hits the window of Arthur's car, on the driver's side. Arthur winds down his window to give the boys a piece of his mind] Watch it!
boy: Naff off, you narky old bastard!
Arthur Daley: Not so much of the old!
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Atypical but magnificent early Minder
17 August 2015 | by (glasgow, scotland) – See all my reviews

Minder started out as a vehicle for Dennis Waterman post-The Sweeney in the very late 70s and in its first two series it remained very much about the character played by Waterman the heart-of-gold Minder Terry McCann. George Cole's Arthur was as devious and money-grabbing as he always was but as well as being very much the second lead Cole's character was often far less lovable than he became- unlike the corny pop song of 1982 underneath the early Arthur Daley was not 'all right' at all. The show usually ended up with a punch up - Mary Whitehouse got her knickers in a twist about the level of violence in such a popular show- and Terry even had a couple of steady-ish girlfriends. In this middle of season 2 episode there is though no violence to speak of and instead of the sly, street humour that we had already come to love this episode about a former army mate of Arthur's who is a drunken bookie from Rotherham- played by the peerless Brian Glover- ending up in bed with a 'part- time model' played by the wonderful Georgina Hale- is often laugh out loud funny. The twist in the tale is that the bookie's wife is heading down the M1 to be reunited with her husband and Terry and Arthur have no idea that the bookie has ended up with said 'model' whilst 'Rotherham's Roddy Llewellyn' has no idea where he is or where he was staying. The two 'heroes' make a journey across London to try and find Glover which brings them into contact with some strange characters- including a racist, sexist chef in a filthy hotel kitchen whose scene has now been all but excised alas as well as a one armed minicab driver- before Terry finally tracks down Glover hiding in a Wendy House sans trousers. This sounds farcical but because it is played dead straight it avoids - as some of the later episodes did not- being uncomfortably stuck between drama and comedy. Unlike most of the episodes that had preceded it there is no Dave, Chisholm or Rycott and although these characters were usually a welcome addition they are not missed because the two main characters and the two guests are all in top form. One scene in which Hale - trying sarcastically to help Glover find the hotel where his spare trousers are- reads from the Yellow Pages is particularly good but even better are the scenes in the car where Terry and Arthur discuss a Crossword, Frank Sinatra and the 60s show The Fugitive and which are as good as Travolta and Samuel L Jackson discussing McDonalds in Europe. It and they are that good. After this episode Minder reverted to being a humorous drama with added punch ups for a couple more series before it mutated into ITV's occasionally slightly inferior version of Only Fools and Horses. The seeds of the show's gentle decline may well have been sowed in this episode. But as a one off this is close to perfection with the late, great Cole being , as he always was, unforgettable


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