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Did anyone see it the other night? RW’s avatar reminded me. I used to watch it first time round (a long time ago), but did later ones get a bit pacier or were they always like this? Not saying I disliked it – far from it – but it did seem very slow compared to modern TV.

 

Plenty of top-notch motoring dross to be seen, as it all seemed to be shot on location. I didn’t notice much/any Japanese stuff, but plenty of the expected Ford, BL and European.

 

Hopefully they’re re-running the whole lot?

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The first episode - "Gunfight at the OK Laundrette" I think it is - is a bit slow and not really indicative of the rest of the shows. The first couple of series were a bit more gritty and violent, later on in the 80s it became a bit more comedic with much more emphasis on Arthur rather than Terry. It was meant to be a Dennis Waterman vehicle, and he didn't even want George Cole to start with, favouring Denholm Elliot to play Arthur. Still top notch though, and for some reason that bloke from Emmerdale Farm works on Arthur's car lot! There's a hell of a lot of prime tat on Arthur's lot in the opening titles, too - aside from the Mk2 Capri (drool...) and RS-arched Escort Mk2 Harrier, there's a Fiat 132 and EL-style Audi 100. And who can forget Arthur's yellow S3 XJ6 from the mid-run series - I seem to recall reading somewhere that for the first model year (1980) XJ6s only came in yellow, red, white or dark blue due to that awful thermoplastic acrylic paint which was a bitch to match if you had a scrape...

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On again tonight, 9pm ITV4. "Bury My Half at Waltham Green", episode 2 of 109. Terry looks after an ex-convict who is targeted by old partners wanting a share of money stolen during a bank heist. Wonder how many they intend to show? As HS said, best programme ever made.

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So, have we all been watching it then? After the odd showing of 1985 Christmas Special "Minder on the Orient Express" last week, back to normal again tonight.After the slow pace of the first one they've definitely picked up. Lots of choice motors in tonight's too - plenty of tatty Cortinas, Anglias etc, FE Victor, Maxi, a few Japanese things like a Mk1 Accord hatch, and a Chrysler 180/2-litre!

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Minder is essential viewing, the best television we have ever produced in this green and septic Isle :lol: The episode titles, with the parody on classic film titles was the work of genius, with greats such as 'Fiddler on the hoof', 'High drains pilferer', 'Days of fines and closures', 'From Fulham with love', just to name a few, all National treasures :lol:

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