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''Minder'' was a British television comedy-drama (1979-1994) starring George Cole as Arthur Daley, a shady London businessman and {{conman}}, and Dennis Waterman as his "minder" (bodyguard/strong-arm man) Terry.

As the title suggests, the series was conceived as a star vehicle for Waterman, then recently of ''Series/TheSweeney'' fame, with Arthur as only a supporting character. Cole's portrayal and his rapport with Waterman led to him getting a more even share of the limelight, and when Waterman decided to leave the series in 1989, the series continued without him, with Cole as the star and Arthur's nephew Ray (Gary Webster) becoming his new minder.

There was a short-lived revival in 2009, starring Shane Richie (as another of Arthur's nephews) with Lex Shrapnel as his minder.
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!!''Minder'' provides examples of:

* AsianStoreowner
* BananaInTheTailpipe
* BadGuyBar: The Winchester Club, albeit of a small-time variety.
* BarBrawl: Usually at least once an episode.
* TheBartender: Dave
* TheBarnum: Arthur Daley
* BlackMarket
* BookDumb: Terry isn't quite a GeniusBruiser, but he's certainly more intelligent than most characters.
* {{Bouncer}}: One of Terry's regular forms of employment
* TheBoxingEpisode: Usually tying in with Terry's former career as one.
* BreakoutCharacter: Arthur
* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Every permutation of London accent you could wish for and even some from outside the M25.
* UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers
* CashOnly
* CheekyCockney
* ChristmasEpisode
* ClipShow: ''Minder'' did one as a ChristmasEpisode, with the principals sitting around the pub remembering the events of the year.
* CluelessDetective: Chisholm frequently.
* ConMenHateGuns: Arthur is thrown into a panic by 'shooters' and Terry although not a con is rightfully wary of them. And of course, there's also the consideration of just how difficult and expensive it is to get hold of a firearm in London compared to somewhere like New York or Chicago; if a D-List fixer like Arthur's looking down the barrel of one, the shit has ''really'' hit the fan.
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Arthur discovers he's lost Terry and in the same episode, coincidentally, nephew Ray comes to visit.
* DelusionsOfEloquence
* DirtyCop: Rycott is a classic bent copper, 'moonlighting' when not on duty.
* DirtyCoward: Arthur will do everything he can to avoid getting hurt or caught by the police, up to and including leaving Terry in the lurch.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: 'I could be so good for you' as sung by Dennis Waterman reaching No. 3 in the UK charts and later used in an episode PhoenixNights and in an episode of RogerRoger
* DoYouWantToHaggle
* DumbMuscle: What Terry is frequently mistaken for, and more often than not the kind of people he ends up having to deal with.
* EvilDebtCollector: In Arthur's mind any of them- bankers, bailiffs, old friends, even his employee Terry
* {{Fanservice}}: In earlier series' Terry often worked as a doorman to Soho strip clubs, on top of being something of a hit with the ladies. As a result there were frequently scenes of at least partial nudity from various women he became entangled with.
* GetRichQuickScheme
* TheGhost: Arthur's wife, "'Er Indoors".
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Terry, an ex-boxer is particularly proficient at beating the snot out of people with his bare hands.
* GreaseMonkey: Originally Des, later Archie
* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young Creator/PeterCapaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed
* HilariousInHindsight: Property conman Freddie Fenton (DerekJacobi) evades Terry on a London highstreet by slipping back into the safety of his offices. Terry is left on the pavement yelling 'Fenton! Fenton!' through the locked door
* HonestJohnsDealership
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Debbie, the stripper who Terry befriends
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many Episodes had names that parodied famous films or sayings, often with a 'London' twist: Gunfight at the OK Laundrette, Senior Citizen Caine, Rocky Eight and a Half.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: 'Interplod'
* JuryDuty: In 'Poetic Justice, Innit'
** RogueJuror: Arthur
* JustGotOutOfJail
* LameExcuse
* LandDownUnder
* LondonGangster: Many, usually serving as the antagonist in episodes. Notables include Mickey 'The Fish' Metcalfe (David Calder) and Jack Last (Creator/IanMcShane)
* LoveableRogue
* {{Malaproper}}: Arthur 'The world is your lobster' Daley
* MsFanservice: Debbie
* MyLocal: The Winchester most prominantly but several other pubs feature.
* OldCopYoungCop
* OldFashionedCopper: Most of the police featured
* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, Creator/RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and Creator/BillyConnolly
* OrientExpress: "Minder on the Orient Express"
* PetRat: Many varieties, from the common garden 'grass' right up to crooked civil servants.
* ProfessionalGambler: Maurice Michealson (played by Anthony Valentine)
* PutOnABus: When Waterman left the series, the on-screen explanation was that Terry had had enough of Arthur and moved to Australia.
* RabidCop: 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm is brought to the point of a nervous breakdown by Arthur and Terry's antics.
* TheRat: There's a good few scattered around the series, such as 'The Ferret'.
* SmithOfTheYard: A couple of characters who disturb Chisholm and Rycott's peaceful existance of low level corruption. Micheal Culver's Dectective Soames is a good example. Lampshaded with 'Sprott of the Yard'- a copper who went too far in trying to catch one particular conman and was kicked off the force.
* SmugSnake: Freddie Fenton, officially 'bankrupt' property conman who manages to live in a mansion with swimming pool, Rolls Royce (with personalised number plate) with money to gamble at a high end gentleman's club despite not formally 'owning' any of it. As he says to Terry 'In this life there are winners, and there are losers.'
* [[StreetSmart Street Smarts]]: Most characters to some degree, especially the main pair with Terry being the more honourable in his use of it.
* SpecialGuest
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chisholm again, he's not particularly laudable as a human being but the amount of trouble caused by the protagonists and the lack of recognition he believes himself to have suffered does make him something of if not this trope then at least a JerkassWoobie.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Terry and Arthur but also their police rivals- Rycot and Melish and Albert 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm and Jones.
* TheYardies: Feature prominently in the very first episode 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

The revival provides examples of:

* GenerationXerox
* {{Revival}}
* SpinOffspring
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to:

''Minder'' was a British television comedy-drama (1979-1994) starring George Cole as Arthur Daley, a shady London businessman and {{conman}}, and Dennis Waterman as his "minder" (bodyguard/strong-arm man) Terry.

As the title suggests, the series was conceived as a star vehicle for Waterman, then recently of ''Series/TheSweeney'' fame, with Arthur as only a supporting character. Cole's portrayal and his rapport with Waterman led to him getting a more even share of the limelight, and when Waterman decided to leave the series in 1989, the series continued without him, with Cole as the star and Arthur's nephew Ray (Gary Webster) becoming his new minder.

There was a short-lived revival in 2009, starring Shane Richie (as another of Arthur's nephews) with Lex Shrapnel as his minder.
----
!!''Minder'' provides examples of:

* AsianStoreowner
* BananaInTheTailpipe
* BadGuyBar: The Winchester Club, albeit of a small-time variety.
* BarBrawl: Usually at least once an episode.
* TheBartender: Dave
* TheBarnum: Arthur Daley
* BlackMarket
* BookDumb: Terry isn't quite a GeniusBruiser, but he's certainly more intelligent than most characters.
* {{Bouncer}}: One of Terry's regular forms of employment
* TheBoxingEpisode: Usually tying in with Terry's former career as one.
* BreakoutCharacter: Arthur
* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Every permutation of London accent you could wish for and even some from outside the M25.
* UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers
* CashOnly
* CheekyCockney
* ChristmasEpisode
* ClipShow: ''Minder'' did one as a ChristmasEpisode, with the principals sitting around the pub remembering the events of the year.
* CluelessDetective: Chisholm frequently.
* ConMenHateGuns: Arthur is thrown into a panic by 'shooters' and Terry although not a con is rightfully wary of them. And of course, there's also the consideration of just how difficult and expensive it is to get hold of a firearm in London compared to somewhere like New York or Chicago; if a D-List fixer like Arthur's looking down the barrel of one, the shit has ''really'' hit the fan.
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Arthur discovers he's lost Terry and in the same episode, coincidentally, nephew Ray comes to visit.
* DelusionsOfEloquence
* DirtyCop: Rycott is a classic bent copper, 'moonlighting' when not on duty.
* DirtyCoward: Arthur will do everything he can to avoid getting hurt or caught by the police, up to and including leaving Terry in the lurch.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: 'I could be so good for you' as sung by Dennis Waterman reaching No. 3 in the UK charts and later used in an episode PhoenixNights and in an episode of RogerRoger
* DoYouWantToHaggle
* DumbMuscle: What Terry is frequently mistaken for, and more often than not the kind of people he ends up having to deal with.
* EvilDebtCollector: In Arthur's mind any of them- bankers, bailiffs, old friends, even his employee Terry
* {{Fanservice}}: In earlier series' Terry often worked as a doorman to Soho strip clubs, on top of being something of a hit with the ladies. As a result there were frequently scenes of at least partial nudity from various women he became entangled with.
* GetRichQuickScheme
* TheGhost: Arthur's wife, "'Er Indoors".
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Terry, an ex-boxer is particularly proficient at beating the snot out of people with his bare hands.
* GreaseMonkey: Originally Des, later Archie
* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young Creator/PeterCapaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed
* HilariousInHindsight: Property conman Freddie Fenton (DerekJacobi) evades Terry on a London highstreet by slipping back into the safety of his offices. Terry is left on the pavement yelling 'Fenton! Fenton!' through the locked door
* HonestJohnsDealership
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Debbie, the stripper who Terry befriends
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Many Episodes had names that parodied famous films or sayings, often with a 'London' twist: Gunfight at the OK Laundrette, Senior Citizen Caine, Rocky Eight and a Half.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: 'Interplod'
* JuryDuty: In 'Poetic Justice, Innit'
** RogueJuror: Arthur
* JustGotOutOfJail
* LameExcuse
* LandDownUnder
* LondonGangster: Many, usually serving as the antagonist in episodes. Notables include Mickey 'The Fish' Metcalfe (David Calder) and Jack Last (Creator/IanMcShane)
* LoveableRogue
* {{Malaproper}}: Arthur 'The world is your lobster' Daley
* MsFanservice: Debbie
* MyLocal: The Winchester most prominantly but several other pubs feature.
* OldCopYoungCop
* OldFashionedCopper: Most of the police featured
* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, Creator/RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and Creator/BillyConnolly
* OrientExpress: "Minder on the Orient Express"
* PetRat: Many varieties, from the common garden 'grass' right up to crooked civil servants.
* ProfessionalGambler: Maurice Michealson (played by Anthony Valentine)
* PutOnABus: When Waterman left the series, the on-screen explanation was that Terry had had enough of Arthur and moved to Australia.
* RabidCop: 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm is brought to the point of a nervous breakdown by Arthur and Terry's antics.
* TheRat: There's a good few scattered around the series, such as 'The Ferret'.
* SmithOfTheYard: A couple of characters who disturb Chisholm and Rycott's peaceful existance of low level corruption. Micheal Culver's Dectective Soames is a good example. Lampshaded with 'Sprott of the Yard'- a copper who went too far in trying to catch one particular conman and was kicked off the force.
* SmugSnake: Freddie Fenton, officially 'bankrupt' property conman who manages to live in a mansion with swimming pool, Rolls Royce (with personalised number plate) with money to gamble at a high end gentleman's club despite not formally 'owning' any of it. As he says to Terry 'In this life there are winners, and there are losers.'
* [[StreetSmart Street Smarts]]: Most characters to some degree, especially the main pair with Terry being the more honourable in his use of it.
* SpecialGuest
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chisholm again, he's not particularly laudable as a human being but the amount of trouble caused by the protagonists and the lack of recognition he believes himself to have suffered does make him something of if not this trope then at least a JerkassWoobie.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Terry and Arthur but also their police rivals- Rycot and Melish and Albert 'Cheerful Charlie' Chisholm and Jones.
* TheYardies: Feature prominently in the very first episode 'Gunfight at the OK Laundrette'

The revival provides examples of:

* GenerationXerox
* {{Revival}}
* SpinOffspring
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21st Jan '14 10:34:19 PM PaulA
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As the title suggests, the series was conceived as a star vehicle for Waterman, then recently of ''TheSweeney'' fame, with Arthur as only a supporting character. Cole's portrayal and his rapport with Waterman led to him getting a more even share of the limelight, and when Waterman decided to leave the series in 1989, the series continued without him, with Cole as the star and Arthur's nephew Ray (Gary Webster) becoming his new minder.

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As the title suggests, the series was conceived as a star vehicle for Waterman, then recently of ''TheSweeney'' ''Series/TheSweeney'' fame, with Arthur as only a supporting character. Cole's portrayal and his rapport with Waterman led to him getting a more even share of the limelight, and when Waterman decided to leave the series in 1989, the series continued without him, with Cole as the star and Arthur's nephew Ray (Gary Webster) becoming his new minder.
1st Dec '13 10:46:02 AM LongLiveHumour
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* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young PeterCapaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed

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* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young PeterCapaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed
27th Oct '13 3:18:15 AM DrDeath
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* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young Peter Capaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed

to:

* HeyItsThatGuy: There's a lot of retroactive recognition to be found in the original series most notably RayWinstone as dim mechanic Archie, but also a young Peter Capaldi PeterCapaldi in one episode and the recurring appearance of Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from GameOfThrones) as DCI Chisholm. That's alongside more famous guest stars such as BrianCox, Creator/IanMcShane and BrianBlessed BrianBlessed
* HilariousInHindsight: Property conman Freddie Fenton (DerekJacobi) evades Terry on a London highstreet by slipping back into the safety of his offices. Terry is left on the pavement yelling 'Fenton! Fenton!' through the locked door


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* SmugSnake: Freddie Fenton, officially 'bankrupt' property conman who manages to live in a mansion with swimming pool, Rolls Royce (with personalised number plate) with money to gamble at a high end gentleman's club despite not formally 'owning' any of it. As he says to Terry 'In this life there are winners, and there are losers.'
19th Oct '13 9:22:22 PM nombretomado
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* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, Creator/RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and BillyConnolly

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* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, Creator/RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and BillyConnollyCreator/BillyConnolly
13th Sep '13 2:24:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Albert Chisholm does not like being called 'Cheerful Charlie'
27th Jun '13 4:23:57 PM Jake
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* ConMenHateGuns: Arthur is thrown into a panic by 'shooters and Terry although not a con is rightfully wary of them

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* ConMenHateGuns: Arthur is thrown into a panic by 'shooters 'shooters' and Terry although not a con is rightfully wary of themthem. And of course, there's also the consideration of just how difficult and expensive it is to get hold of a firearm in London compared to somewhere like New York or Chicago; if a D-List fixer like Arthur's looking down the barrel of one, the shit has ''really'' hit the fan.
29th Apr '13 1:49:03 PM JIKTV
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* TheMalaproper: Arthur 'The world is your lobster' Daley

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* TheMalaproper: {{Malaproper}}: Arthur 'The world is your lobster' Daley
31st Mar '13 11:37:17 AM LongLiveHumour
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* BritishAccents: Every permutation of London accent you could wish for and even some from outside the M25.
* BritishCoppers

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* BritishAccents: UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Every permutation of London accent you could wish for and even some from outside the M25.
* BritishCoppersUsefulNotes/BritishCoppers
29th Mar '13 11:38:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and BillyConnolly

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* OneShotCharacter: Countless numbers of them, often played by considerably famous actors including: BillNighy, Creator/IanMcShane, BrianBlessed, BrianCox, HonourBlackman, GeorgeBaker, ChristopherBiggins, RobbieColtrane, PaulEddington, MichealGambon, PhillipGlenister, RichardGriffiths, Creator/RichardGriffiths, PetePostlethwaite and BillyConnolly
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