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Minder - Season One (2011)

George Cole , Dennis Waterman , Peter Sasdy , Christopher King  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Cole, Dennis Waterman
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy, Christopher King, Roy Ward Baker, James Gatward, Francis Megahy
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 542 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003G4CWVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Minder - Season One" on IMDb

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Golden TV from a Golden Age

One of the best-ever British TV series, Minder stars the legendary George Cole (A Christmas Carol) as smooth-talking used car salesman Arthur Daley, a man synonymous with dodgy goods and shady deals, who knows a "nice little earner" when he sees one. He hires former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman - The Sweeney) to be his 'minder' (bodyguard) to protect him from other small-time crooks. Consistently entertaining, the two make a living - one more than the other - on the grimy streets of London.

Filled with fast-paced action, tricky situations, delicious humour and delightful chemistry between the two leads, George Cole and Dennis Waterman are perfectly cast in this comedy-drama series. A hit with viewers from 1979 to 1994, Minder features an array of leading British actors and future stars.

Includes: Gunfight at the O.K. Laundrette / Bury My Half at Waltham Green /
The Smaller They Are... / A Tethered Goat / The Bounty Hunter / Aces High and Sometimes Very Low / The Bengal Tiger / Come in T-64, Your Time is Ticking Away / Monday Night Fever / The Dessert Song / You Gotta Have Friends

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
That quote was Arthur Daley reassuring Terry McCann that the minding business is still for him. Minder, one of the best British shows in their tv history, finally gets a region 1, USA release. Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, and George Cole as Arthur Daley were teamed up for 7 seasons from 1979-1987. It ran from 1979-1985 for series 1-6, and then had 3 years off before resuming one final year with McCann, on season 7. Seasons 8-10 resumed with Arthur's nephew, played by Gary Webster, taking over for Terry McCann, but the chemistry of Waterman and Cole were what made this show such a phenomenon.

Seasons 1 & 2 didn't receive high ratings on TV, and it wasn't until series 3 that the show finally became a hit. They even went back and replayed seasons 1 & 2 after series 3 went over so well. Aside from a few dull early episodes in Season 1, the rest of the episodes through season 6 were solid entertainment. Most episodes revolved around Arthur finding some nearly crooked job for him and Terry to make a nice little earner, only for him to take most of the prize money in the end, citing expenses, overhead, and other preposterous reasons to con Terry out of his share. Terry did get back at Arthur in several episodes, and more than once our lovable rogue con man ended up on the losing side of a profit.

Terry McCann was an ex-boxer and ex-con, two reasons to make him the best minder, or bodyguard, in London. He often squared off against the right hand men and much-bigger-than-he hired hands of London underworld's most crooked citizens. Of course, he would always find the time to romance the leading ladies who were tied up in his latest job. Arthur's earners had Terry doing everything from minding Arab millionares to minding women's dresses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Daley- 'E's Alright March 3, 2011
This is the series which introduced Arthur Daley and Terry McCann to the public. Arthur was later immortalised in song by The Firm, hence the title of my review.

Arthur is a 'businessman' looking for deals ('earners' in the slang of the time) to make money quickly, with little work involved and no questions asked. Many of them involve items which have fallen off the back of a lorry (stolen goods) or dodgy motors (cars which have a dubious past). Since Arthur's deals almost invariably leave someone very angry, he employs a 'minder', or bodyguard, in the person of Terry McCann, a good-natured but not very bright ex-boxer and ex-convict. Arthur also hires Terry out to others who need his services, always with disastrous results for Terry.

Arthur and Terry are played by George Cole and Dennis Waterman respectively. George Cole will be best known to American audiences for his portrayal of the young Ebenezer Scrooge in the Alastair Sim movie of Dickens' 'Christmas Carol'. Waterman has had a couple of other very successful series; before this he was on the other side of the law, playing a cop in 'The Sweeney', alongside John Thaw, and more recently a retired cop in 'New Tricks'- both excellent series. Waterman also recorded the theme song for 'Minder' (I Could Be So Good For You) which was very successful in the UK, a feat he repeated with the theme song for 'New Tricks'.

'Minder' has lots of action and lots of humor. Poor Terry always gets the short end of the stick, usually in trying to defend the indefensible Arthur, who promptly rips him off by paying him far less than he should be getting. You'll start off by hating Arthur, but he grows on you after a while because of his sheer brazen outrageousness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as remembered November 10, 2010
By wattsie
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Doctor Trance's review sums this up and provides good details of the shortcomings of this series,

Remembered this through rose-tinted glasses ( and memories) as a really funny and "sharp" series - it was then, when TV was less "in your face" and more "cozy in your armchair"

This is not as funny or edgy as I remember it, but for any anglophiles it's woth getting as it is still funny. as the good Dr says above, it gets better in series 3, so possibly best wait until then
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy this series December 6, 2013
By Donna
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My husband and I did not enjoy this series. We viewed only the first disk. We watch many BBC programs, but the Minder series was a bit odd.
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