Minder (1979–1994)
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Entrepreneur 

Arthur is taken aback when he finds that Terry has emigrated to Australia without telling him, leaving only his old Capri behind. He is anxious to find a new minder and this is where his ... See full summary »


Diarmuid Lawrence


David Yallop (by) (as David A. Yallop), Leon Griffiths (series devised by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
George Cole ... Arthur
Gary Webster ... Ray
Glynn Edwards ... Dave
Nicholas Day ... D.S. Morley
Stephen Tompkinson ... D.C. Park
Vania Vilers ... Pierre
Lill Roughley Lill Roughley ... Doreen Daley
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Bert Daley
Allie Byrne Allie Byrne ... Lucy
Roberta Taylor ... Pat Norris
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Morry
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ... Ginger Blythe
Tim Barker Tim Barker ... Wilf
Philippe Smolikowski Philippe Smolikowski ... Anton


Arthur is taken aback when he finds that Terry has emigrated to Australia without telling him, leaving only his old Capri behind. He is anxious to find a new minder and this is where his young nephew Ray comes in. Ray is not a fighter like Terry but he can speak French and this comes in mighty handy when Arthur seeks to expand his business interests onto the Continent, only to find that he is involved with drug smugglers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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First appearance of Bert Daley, played by Sidney Livingstone. He appeared in 8 episodes. The last one being Minder: The Immaculate Contraption (1994). Sidney Livingstone previously appeared in Minder: You Lose Some, You Win Some (1980) as George. See more »


Arthur Daley: Did you deliver those dresses to Morry all right?
Ray Daley: Yeah.
Arthur Daley: D'you get paid?
Ray Daley: Yeah.
Arthur Daley: Well thank God for that.
[Ray gives Arthur a cheque]
Arthur Daley: What's that? A cheque? A bloody Gregory? Don't you realise why he's called Bouncing Morry? I wish your parents had gone in for goldfish instead of childen. Then when they got tired of them, they could have flushed them down the loo.
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A good start
3 September 2020 | by xtopherlongleySee all my reviews

It's Minder minus Terry ... and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not that Waterman's character Terry was needing to be changed. I liked Terry. Earlier series were all about Terry & Arthur's escapades in London in the 70's and early 80's. Which worked really well in the ruins of London, that never really got rebuilt after WW2. I never have seen this first episode of Series 8 in its entirety but quite quickly Ray grew on me, even with his awful 80's wardrobe of padded shoulders and paisley shirts. He's not Terry, move on. It felt like the original series, which is an accomplishment. But the Euston Film production and scripts takes care of that. They were well produced, well cast. and well acted. I liked the story line of this episode. Though, Arthur had seemed to take on a Mafia Don like character in the new series, whereas with Terry, he was very much the coward. Like all previous episodes, you get glimpses of tv and film stars to be, like Roberta Taylor, of Eastenders & The Bill fame in this one. It typifies a changing London and UK. Its all about the entrepreneur and London is smartening up as the developers took over and relinquished Londoners of their homes for property investors. All the Minders reflected London and the UK of the time and this series highlights an ever closening ties with our Europe. The only thing I do not like is the awful sound track which beset all 90's tv in the UK. An eerie synth background noise, its not melodic at all. Programs like Bergerac started it and others followed...

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5 September 1991 (UK) See more »

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