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Classic TV: Minder – S04 E06 – “The Car Lot Bagger”


About this episode

Someone is sabotaging Wally West’s car lot, burning cars and stealing documents. Initial suspicion falls on a local group of Irish travellers, but Nathan, their leader, proves to Terry, who’s minding the lot, that they are innocent. With Nathan’s help, Terry tracks down the miscreants, who admit to working for a ruthless property developer, Apsimon, who wants to buy Wally’s land cheaply. He is assisted in this by Fribbins, a corrupt local councillor. Arthur, Terry and Wally confront Apsimon and negotiate a steep price for Wally’s land. (Episode title spoofs the 1964 film The Carpetbaggers)

Guest stars:Jimmy Nail as Nathan Loveridge, Ray Winstone as Arnie, June Whitfield as Tilly Murdoch, Artro Morris as Mr De Ath, Harry Scott as Wally West, James Faulkner as Apsimon, Colin Jeavons as Fribbins, Christopher Benjamin as Mr. Rushmer, Jeff Stewart as Mick, John Altman as Cabbie


About the series

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 and shown on ITV (originally by Thames, then Central Independent Television in 1993 and 1994 after Thames lost its franchise). The original show ran for ten series between 29 October 1979 and 10 March 1994. The series was notable for using a range of leading British actors, as well as many up-and-coming performers before they hit the big time; at its peak it was one of ITV’s biggest ratings winners

The show starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likeable bodyguard (minder in London slang) and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a socially ambitious, but highly unscrupulous importer-exporter, wholesaler, used-car salesman and purveyor of anything else from which there was money to be made, whether within the law or not.

The series is principally set in inner West London (Shepherd’s Bush/Ladbroke Grove/Fulham/Acton), and was largely responsible for putting the word minder, meaning personal bodyguard, into the UK 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 service for Arthur, and turned a blind eye to his shady deals.

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