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Classic TV: Minder – S08 E08 – “Him Indoors”


About this episode

Arthur sets himself up as a ‘security consultant’, selling security alarms to business premises. He recruits Ron the Burglar, a reformed burglar, for his hard-won expertise, but when Ron installs a system on Arthur’s lock-up, it immediately malfunctions. Arthur is unable to leave the premises and he’s forced to stay there all night. A series of break-ins at premises that have installed Arthur’s equipment soon arouse the suspicions of the police and Morley and Park investigate. Ray discovers that Ron has let his old habits get the better of him and he and Ron are arrested. Arthur has to come up with a convincing story to get them off the hook.

Guest stars: :: Simon Rouse as Inspector York, Kenneth Colley as Ron



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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