I'm with Ryan here! I love Minder. Not so keen on Ray Daley though, but they are being repeated (as always) at the moment so I'll keep my eyes open for Cherry's episode, Whatever Happened to 'Er Indoors? Although all Cherry bits are on Andee's channel to of course.
Dennis Waterman was a bit of a show-biz pal of the dancers and he was the reason Gill got this bit part. Of course Dennis appeared on the Tiswas skit also with another pal of the dancers a certain Mr Tarrent.
I think you just missed that episode OB, it was on ITV4 this last week.....never mind, the speed ITV4 play them, you wont have to wait more than 3 months for another chance
FWIW I quite liked the revived Minder at the time, but now they seemed to have aged worse than the Waterman-era shows. Not sure is all Ray Daley's fault though - the support casts were always top quality in DW's incarnation as the minder, not so in the revival.
Bugger - missed it! Oh well, it'll be on again soon.
The Ray Daley years were ok, but it was all about George Cole - and rightly so. But Ray was an unbelievable Minder and an unconvincing cad.
And too many stories seemed the same. Arthur would have a new business idea. But there was already someone on the manor doing it, and they're not happy so try to scare him off. Ray wades in and sorts them out, and shags the baddie's daughter in the process. Arthur decides to give up. Cue walk down Southend pier.
Still watchable fun, but the earlier series were undeniable classics. And I trust no-one is going to mention Shane Ritchie? Good.
For me the Ray Daley years were like one of Meer's uploads of a Yewtree'd TOTP where the audio and the visual is slightly but annoyingly out of synch....its better than nothing, and I'm glad for the chance to see it, but its not quite the same.
My take on it was that George was pissed off with Waterman for walking away and killing the golden goose...so tried to hold it all together as a vehicle for himself....but it just doesn't quite work without Dennis.
Also the Ray Daley era Plods not a patch on the Charlie Chisholms and Ronnie Rycotts
Spot on RNOF about Rycroft. Charlie Chisholm was one of tv's funniest characters. Just one look from him would crack me up. Patrick Malahide should have got an Oscar for Chisholm. Rycroft is merely a comedy character.
As Minder was created for Denis, you could say he could be annoyed that Arthur's character grew to take it over, but of course he wasn't. Just like the Sweeney was created for John Thaw, but he never minded Denis becoming 50% of the draw.
But I think everyone agreed Denis Waterman was getting too old to play a minder, including Denis himself. Denis and George, although like chalk & cheese, were really really good friends. They talk about each other quite touchingly in their autobiographies and Denis visited George just a day a two before he died and was genuinely upset.
In a very early Minder, Rycott has actually got a different Christian name.....I forget what it is now...anyway he is a bent sod on the take in this early ep.....but he reappears lately with a new "monicker" and is more of a comedy character as you say....
I liked Morley at the time, but he seems hammy now. I know Rycott was played for laughs but not in the hammy way that Morley was, which I think took away a lot of the grit...and I think they tried to make up for this by using silly spooky incidental music in the Ray Daley years whenever Arfur was about to get nicked, which really annoyed me.
Agree with the music - that was awful. And if one of them in a tricky situation of some sort before the ad-break the "end of part 1" music would be different and supposedly have an air of suspense about. Grrrr!!
Actually really sad news that Ive just found on IMDb is that Peter Childs, who played Ronnie Rycott (I also once spotted him as a burglar in Ever Decreasing Circles, another of my all-time fav shows) died aged just 50 in 1989