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Classic TV: Minder – S08 E03 – “Whatever Happened to Her Indoors?”


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Arthur’s bank won’t extend his already large overdraft, the telephone and electricity in the lock-up have been cut off and the local council won’t let him erect a flagpole on his car lot. Then Mrs Daley disappears without a word. Whilst Arthur is taken to court by the council, Morley and Park investigate his wife’s disappearance. Arthur, defending himself in court, successfully has the case dismissed. But Morley has convinced himself that Arthur has killed his wife and buried her under a concrete slab on the car lot. Mrs Daley finally reappears; she’d decided, without telling anyone, to go to a health farm. The flagpole is re-erected, but then nicked. (The title spoofs the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.)

Guest stars: Sydney Livingstone as Bert Daley, Lill Roughley as Doreen Daley, George Costigan as Billy, Cherry Gillespie as Lynn, Kevin McNally as Richards, Philip Glenister as Greg Hunt



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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