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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Cast

Series cast summary:
George Cole ...  Arthur / ... 109 episodes, 1979-1994
Glynn Edwards ...  Dave / ... 95 episodes, 1979-1994
Dennis Waterman ...  Terry / ... 73 episodes, 1979-1989
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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 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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Official Sites:

The Fans of Minder Website

Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

29 October 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Aufpasser See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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(108 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although he was a hugely experienced actor with many movie and television credits behind him, George Cole became defined by the role of Arthur Daley to such an extent that he named his autobiography "The World Was My Lobster", which was an expression used in the series. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

The title sequence originally had 'Euston Films presents' over the opening shot. Later prints of the same episodes did not have this. (Additionally, early episodes also began with the Thames Television ident sequence, which, particularly after Thames lost their broadcast franchise in 1992, have been dropped from most repeat runs). See more »

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Was Dennis Waterman really Robert Redford?
7 March 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Actually, Robert Redford had to actually DO something to get women in movies. Dennis Waterman, a very plain looking guy who is balding, on both The Sweeney and Minder, does nothing at all and not only "swims in women" but is "molded in models". And he does nothing at all.

That's England for ya. Ugly or average looking men with gorgeous dames. And MINDER is a good show, and started out with Waterman the star and then wound up being George Cole's thing: The latter plays a con artist while the title character protects people for money, and gets ripped off each time...

It's funny and yet the crime element overrides the quirky humor. Works well. That is, as long as Waterman was on the series. Waterman and all his birds.


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