Minder (1979–1994)
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The Smaller They Are... 

Small-time crook Scotch Harry steals a suit-case from an airport, which contains a lot of money. The police are after him and Arthur agrees to broker a deal for its return, minus his ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Leon Griffiths, Leon Griffiths (deviser)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Dennis Waterman ... Terry McCann
George Cole ... Arthur
Phil McCall Phil McCall ... Scotch Harry
Hans Meyer ... Maurice Bonnet
David Jackson David Jackson ... Big Stan
Peter Childs Peter Childs ... D.C. Rycott
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ... Brian
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner ... Kim (as Susan Vanner)
Glynn Edwards ... Dave
Chris Jenkinson Chris Jenkinson ... Eric
Hilary Ryan Hilary Ryan ... Airline Receptionist
Michael Segal ... Hotel Manager
George Tovey George Tovey ... Pub Landlord

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Small-time crook Scotch Harry steals a suit-case from an airport, which contains a lot of money. The police are after him and Arthur agrees to broker a deal for its return, minus his expenses. It turns out that the case belongs to a less than friendly gang of international counterfeiters, who also join in the chase. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Two of the main characters in this episode are Scotch Harry and Maurice Bonnet. There is actually a very fiercely hot variety of chili called a Scotch Bonnet. See more »

Quotes

[Terry and Arthur are staring lustfully at a young woman in the Winchester Club]
Terry McCann: Oi! She's young enough to be your daughter.
Arthur Daley: Well what's wrong with that? That's what keeps me young.
Terry McCann: I thought it was Phylosan and Grecian 2000!
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The Smaller They Are...
3 July 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Well it is not the most convincing airport scene. You cannot exactly walk out is terminal and on to a street in a London airport.

Scotch Harry is a drunk and a crook but strictly little league. He scores big when he steals a suitcase in the terminal which contains thousands of dollars.

Arthur Daley agrees to exchange the dollars for pounds with a small commission for himself.

Terry ends up minding Scotch Harry in his pokey flat. However the gang who lost the money are after Harry as well as the police.

Peter Childs makes his first appearance as DS Rycott. He would alternate with Chisholm in hounding both Arthur and Terry. Surprisingly Rycott is introduced as a copper who might be slightly bent.

The series really shows the grimy underbelly of small time crooks of late 70s London. Scotch Harry's flat looks like a squat.

The gangsters were shown to be people who could get nasty but Arthur has a comic pushing and shoving with the head honcho as Terry fights the chief henchman.

It also has another twist ending, almost if the moral is crime does not pay.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1979 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euston Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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