The Complete Collection
UK Dvd Boxset (2009)

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The Complete Collection UK Dvd Boxset
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Details [2009]

Actors: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Glyn Edwards, Gary Webster, Michael Gothard
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 33
Classification: 15
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2009
Run Time: 5096 minutes

Here it is and this is it, one of the greatest and enduring series in the history of British television and at the centre of it all is the man with the trilby, the late and great George Cole. There are so many memorable moments but if you have any (and I'll guess they will invariably involve Arthur Daley but maybe not?) then let me know (ihuppert5@aol.com) and I'll add them here.

Of course most would accept the bleedin' obvious: it reached its zenith in the Dennis Waterman years but Gary Webster as his replacement wasn't half bad and has been seriously underrated ever since. But I suppose anything that came after Waterman's stint woud suffer in comparison.

Here's the official blurb and all this wonderful boxset contains:

Box set containing all 107 episodes of the BAFTA award-winning Thames TV comedy drama series starring Dennis Waterman and George Cole.

The set also includes the 1985 feature-length special 'Minder On the Orient Express'.

Series 1 episodes comprise: 'Gunfight at the OK Launderette', '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' and 'You Gotta Have Friends'.

Series 2 episodes are: 'National Pelmet', 'Whose Wife Is It Anyway?', 'You Lose Some, You Win Some', 'Don't Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here', 'Not a Bad Lad, Dad', 'The Beer Hunter', 'A Nice Little Wine', 'All Mod Cons', 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Enemy', 'The Old School Tie', 'All About Scoring, Innit?', 'Caught in the Act, Fact' and 'A Lot of Bull and a Pat On the Back'.

Series 3 episodes comprise: 'Dead Men Do Tell Tales', 'You Need Hands', 'Rembrandt Doesn't Live Here Anymore', 'Looking for Micky', 'Dreamhouse', 'Another Bride, Another Groom', 'The Birdman of Wormwood Scrubs', 'The Son Also Rises', 'Why Pay Tax?', 'Broken Arrow', 'Poetic Justice, Innit?', 'Back in Good Old England' and 'In'.

Series 4 episodes are: 'Minder's Christmas Bonus', 'Rocky Eight and a Half', 'Senior Citizen Caine', 'High Drains Pilferer', 'Sorry Pal, Wrong Number', 'The Car Lot Baggers', 'If Money Be the Food of Love, Play On', 'A Star Is Gorn', 'Willesden Suite', 'Windows', 'Get Daley!' and 'A Well Fashioned Fit-Up'.

Series 5 episodes comprise: 'Goodbye Sailor', 'What Makes Shamy Run?', 'A Number of Old Wives' Tales', 'The Second Time Around', 'Second-Hand Rose', 'Ride to Scratchwood', 'Hypnotising Rita', 'The Balance of Power' and 'Around the Corner'.

Series 6 episodes are: 'Give Us This Day Arthur Daley's Bread', 'Life in the Fast Food Lane', 'The Return of the Invincible Man', 'Arthur Is Dead, Long Live Arthur', 'From Fulham With Love', 'Waiting for Goddard' and 'Minder On the Orient Express'.

Series 7 episodes comprise: 'It's a Sorry Lorry Morrie', 'Days of Fine and Closures', 'Fatal Impression', 'The Last Video Show', 'Fiddler On the Hoof' and 'The Wrong Goodbye'.

Series 8 episodes are: 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Entrepreneur', 'A Bouquet of Barbed Wire', 'Whatever Happened to Her Indoors?', 'Three Coins Make a Mountain', 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?', 'The Last Temptation of Daley', 'A Bird in the Hand', 'Him Indoors', 'The Greatest Show in Willesden', 'Too Many Crooks', 'The Odds Couple' and 'The Coach That Came in from the Cold'.

Series 9 episodes comprise: 'I'll Never Forget Whats 'Ername', 'No Way to Treat a Daley', 'Uneasy Rider', 'Looking for Mr Goodtime', 'Opportunity Knocks and Bruises', 'Gone With the Winchester', 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Retiring', 'The Roof of All Evil', 'Last Orders at the Winchester', 'Cars and Pints and Pains', 'The Great Trilby', 'A Taste of Money' and 'For a Few Dollars More'.

Series 10 episodes are: 'A Fridge Too Far', 'Another Case of Van Blank', 'All Things Brighton Beautiful', 'One Flew Over the Parents' Nest', 'The Immaculate Contraption', 'All Quiet On the West End Front', 'The Great Depression of 1994', 'On the Autofront', 'Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley' and 'The Long Good Thursday'.

Sorry to keep banging on about the show but, well, I just like it. Alot. More than alot. I know Cole had a long and distinguished career and if you ever switch on, say London Live, on a Saturday afternoon and see an old British movie then Cole's distinctive features invariably appear. Yes, some great parts but it's Minder that defines him - well at least to a generation of us that grew up on this TV Thames classic.

Ah, Minder. What an absolute joy of a show. If you thought you were hard you hadn't met Terry McCann. An ex-boxer, he'd have you. Any day of the week. No matter what the problem he'd sort it. And always within an hour. Remarkable. George Cole as Arthur is still an iconic figure. Even today, anyone doing anything a little bit dodgy could be referred to as Arthur Daley. What an actor. George Cole. One of the most watchable figures, watchable faces, I have ever seen, My favourite Arthur Daley moments (among many) include when he's got a load of oversized coats to sell and he's going around getting people to try them on and grasping a huge load of the coat behind their back saying: 'Fits you like a glove'. Or he's takes on a youngster as a Minder and tells him he's the hardest thing since sliced bread. A real hard b##tard. The kid believes him and goes to sort out some hardened geezers in a snooker club and the next shot you see is the youngster coming out black and blue. If you missed out on the sheer entertainment of Minder then this set is for you.

There would have been more chance of hell freezing over than anyone other than Dennis Waterman doing the theme tune. Even if Frank Sinatra had expressed an interest there would have been no chance of Dennis Waterman letting him muscle in. 'I could be so good for you...' was Waterman's message to the world and his alone. Ever after no one has been allowed to express even an interest in doing the theme tune of any show he's starred in.

Greedy boy.

Minder was a double act. Arthur Daley & Terry McCann. Without either (well definately without Daley) the show wouldn't have been the same. If you think about it, they are every bit as memorable as Laurel & Hardy or Morecambe & Wise. They just entertained for an hour of an evening. I say 'just' as that's the hardest thing on television to to do - to get millions to come back week after week to see you.

It was never the same once Waterman left. Gary Webster was good as Waterman's replacement but any actor coming after would be Waterman-lite.

Still, that era has gone. But it doesn't hurt from time to time to remember how we were once upon a time. That's nostalgia, I guess.

And at the heart of it all is one George Cole.

What are we going to get 'Er Indoors? Indeed.

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