Minder

 Minder  ( Mark II Ford Capri )  1974

Minder ( Mark II Ford Capri ) 1974

Minder

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Minder

Minder is a British comedy-drama about the London criminal underworld. Initially produced by Verity Lambert, it was made by Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television (Central in 1993 and 1994) and shown on ITV. The show ran for ten series between 29 October 1979 and 10 March 1994,

Sung by Dennis Waterman (as Waterman)
Title song (1979-1988)

If you want to, I’ll change the-e situation
Right people, right time, just the wrong location
I’ve got a good idea, just you keep me near
I’d be so goo-ood for you

I could be so good for you, I’m gonna help ya
Love ya like you want me to
I’d do anything for you-ou-ou
Id be so goo-ood for you
I could be so good for you
I’ll do it like you want me to
Love you like you want me to
There ain’t nothin’ I can’t go throu-ou-ou-ough
I’d be so goo-ood for you

CAST

George Cole …  Arthur / … (109 episodes, 1979-1994)
Glynn Edwards …  Dave / … (95 episodes, 1979-1994)
Dennis Waterman …  Terry / … (73 episodes, 1979-1989)
Gary Webster …  Ray (36 episodes, 1991-1994)
Patrick Malahide … Chisholm / … (24 episodes, 1979-1988)

Famous for its use of “Mockney”, which sounded like Cockney slang but was made up by either George Cole or the scriptwriters. Some expressions became so well known they have since passed into the language, including “A nice little earner” (a profitable task), “‘er indoors” (the wife), “give him a little slap” (beat him up)

First episode date: 29 October 1979
Final episode date: 11 March 2009
Original network: ITV; (1979–1980, 1982–1985, 1988–1989, 1991, 1993–1994); Channel 5 (2009)

In February 1974, the Capri II was introduced. After 1.2 million cars sold, and with the 1973 oil crisis, Ford chose to make the new car more suited to everyday driving with a shorter bonnet, larger cabin and the adoption of a hatchback rear door. By the standards of the day, the Capri II was a very well evolved vehicle with very few reliability issues. For Germany the Capri now offered 1.3-litre (55 PS (40 kW)), 1.6-litre (72 PS (53 kW)), 1.6-litre GT (88 PS (65 kW)), or 2.0-litre (99 PS (73 kW)) in-line four-cylinder engines, complemented by a 2.3-litre (108 PS (79 kW)) and the UK sourced 3.0-litre V6.

It starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likable bodyguard (minder in London slang) and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a socially ambitious, but highly unscrupulous importer-exporter, wholesaler, used-car salesman, and anything else from which there was money to be made whether inside the law or not. The show was principally set in inner West London (Shepherd’s Bush/Ladbroke Grove), and was largely responsible for putting the word minder, meaning personal bodyguard, into the UK and Australian popular lexicon. The characters often drank at the local members-only Winchester Club, where owner and barman Dave (Glynn Edwards) acted, often unwillingly, as a message machine for Arthur

Premiered on February 4th 2009, 29 years and 4 months after the premiere of the original series on October 29th 1979 and 15 years and 7 months after the original series ended on March 10th 1994.

The series was originally conceived as a vehicle for Dennis Waterman, after The Sweeney (1975) – in which Waterman co-starred – had finished the previous year. Initially, George Cole’s character, Arthur Daley, was more of a secondary character, finding situations for Terry (Waterman) to get involved in each episode. But the great chemistry between the two characters quickly made itself apparent, and as a result Arthur was brought to the fore of storylines much more.

Arthur Daley: nice little earner.

Arthur Daley: don’t tell er indoors.

QUIZ 1

Witch of these Tv Series did Dennis Waterman Not Appear In ?

QUIZ 2

In 1985 the first ever feature length “Minder” escapade was produced. What was the name of the escapade ?

A. The Sweeney
B. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
C. The Professionals
D. On The Up

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C. The Professionals

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A. “Minder – On The Orient Express”
B. “Minder – When 8 Bells Toll”
C. “Minder – Death on the Nile”
D. “Minder the Movie”

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A. “Minder – On The Orient Express”

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QUIZ 1

Witch of these Tv Series did Dennis Waterman Not Appear In ?

A. The Sweeney
B. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
C. The Professionals
D. On The Up

The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. 57 episodes were produced, filmed between 1977 and 1981. It starred Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson as agents of the fictional ‘CI5’

The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. The programme’s title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘Flying Squad’.

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil is a 1983 novel by British feminist author Fay Weldon about a highly unattractive woman who goes to great lengths to take revenge on her husband and his attractive lover.

On The Up ,Self-made millionaire Tony Carpenter struggles his way through life, dealing with a snooty wife, troublesome daughter, opinionated mother and quirky domestic staff.

QUIZ 2

In 1985 the first ever feature length “Minder” escapade was produced. What was the name of the escapade ?

A. “Minder – On The Orient Express”
B. “Minder – When 8 Bells Toll”
C. “Minder – Death on the Nile”
D. “Minder the Movie”

A fun movie to watch for any fan of the show. Terry and Arthur race through Europe on the Orient Express and become enmeshed in a tale of gangland revenge, murder and mayhem.

Minder on the Orient Express is a comedy/thriller television film made in 1985 as a spin-off from the successful television series Minder. It was first broadcast on Christmas Day 1985, as the highlight of that year’s ITV Christmas schedule

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