Minder (1979–1994)
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You Need Hands 

Terry gets his hand broken in a fight whilst collecting a debt so Arthur temporarily employs a new minder in Vernon, to help him guard a consignment of diamonds that he is shipping out. In ... See full summary »


Ian Sharp


Andrew Payne, Leon Griffiths (deviser)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Waterman ... Terry
George Cole ... Arthur
George Layton ... Des
Julian Holloway ... Matthews
Mike Reid Mike Reid ... Vernon
Alan MacNaughtan ... Merrick
Harry Landis ... Lenny Bowman
Martin Fisk Martin Fisk ... Security Guard
Gareth Milne Gareth Milne ... Gerry
Richard Clay-Jones Richard Clay-Jones ... Mick
Steve Emerson Steve Emerson ... Merrick's Heavy
Leslie Sarony ... Old Man
Nicola Kimber Nicola Kimber ... Carol
Debby Cumming Debby Cumming ... Julie
Terry Gurry Terry Gurry ... Bowman's Heavy


Terry gets his hand broken in a fight whilst collecting a debt so Arthur temporarily employs a new minder in Vernon, to help him guard a consignment of diamonds that he is shipping out. In fact the consignment turns out to be drugs, placing Arthur in danger and requiring Terry to come to his assistance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Leslie Sarony (Old Man) was an Entertainer, Singer and Actor, whose career spanned from 1911-1985. He was also a Veteran of the First World War. See more »


Terry McCann: [Terry has gone back to the place where he got beaten up and catches up with the security man who was involved in the fight, Terry collars him as he's getting into his car] Excuse me, pal. No, no, don't get hasty! I just want to ask you about the motor, where'd you buy it?
Security Guard: Suttons on the Harrow Road
Terry McCann: Terrific. Now, piss off before I start remembering your mates
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You Need Hands
30 April 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There is a violent start to this episode. While helping out dodgy mechanic Des, Terry gets involved in a fight and injures his hand.

This leaves Arthur in a lurch. He is involved in transporting some diamonds for a contact and he needs a fit and healthy minder for security purposes.

So Arthur gets a replacement, Vernon (Mike Reid) who is a bon vivant when it comes to food and drink. Arthur is not happy about how much following the good food guide is costing him.

Of course Arthur needs rescuing, his contact is involved in drugs. Terry plotting his revenge on the people who injured him finds a link between them and the people Arthur has got involved in.

Despite the fisticuffs there is again more emphasis on humour in series 3. Mike Reid steals the show as Vernon, even though he initially betrays Arthur by going to the highest bidder. This is when Arthur refuses to get involved in drugs. This chimes with the anti drug stance taken by Terry in the previous episode.

There is a bit of a roll call of stunt men of the era who have a big punch up at various parts of the episode. It is an enjoyable episode although with more than a few convenient coincidences.

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20 January 1982 (UK) See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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