The BEST Episodes of Minder
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 9, 2020
This comedy drama series featured Terry McCann, a former boxer with a conviction for G.B.H., and Arthur Daley, a second-hand car dealer with an eye for a nice little earner. Alongside his many business ventures, Arthur would regularly hire Terry out as a minder or bodyguard.
#1 - All Mod Cons
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 1980
Arthur tries to sell Terry's flat out from under him. Meanwhile guest star Toyah Wilcox plays an unscrupulous landlady who is trying to evict a young couple from a house so she can sell it to a developer.
#2 - Caught in the Act, Fact
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 27, 1980
Terry help's out Des into delivering a car that that has been used in a robbery. The police pick up Terry when they find his fingerprints on the car but Arthur provides an alibi and he is released. Terry also minds a magistrate who is a shoplifter.
#3 - Poetic Justice, Innit?
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 24, 1982
While Arthur gets to serve on a jury, he leaves Terry in charge at the lock up. Debbie (Terry's friend) goes into the business of home hair cutting and on her first job, the clients house is robbed and as she is a witness, she tells Terry and they both go to the police, only to fall under suspicion.
#4 - You Need Hands
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 1982
Terry Gives Des a hand collecting a debt but gets his hand broken in a fight just when Arthur has a special job lined up so he has to hire another minder but unknown to Arthur the job involves drugs so Terry and Des come to the rescue.
#5 - Rembrandt Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 1982
When Arthur finds an artist who can turn out work as good as the originals, he thinks that he can make money, until a crooked art dealer tries to cut in on him.
#6 - A Lot of Bull and a Pat on the Back
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 4, 1980
Terry and Arthur are hired to move a bull from it's field to the owners new farm. Later they discover that they have stolen the bull, so they decide to find the men who hired them and get the bull returned to the rightful owner. Terry is also hired by his stripper girl friend to discourage a stalker.
#7 - Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley
Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 1994
Violent bank robber Charlie Knowles, a life prisoner, has decided to get even with his former partners who all received lighter sentences. Phelan, his former quartermaster and ‘outside man’ sets them all up and they get extra jail time. Arthur, who sold him the getaway car that broke down and allowed police to arrest them, is set up on dangerous driving charges and cops a sentence of 100 hours community service. Despite the evidence, DS Rogerson isn’t convinced of Arthur’s guilt and Ray helps him to expose the set-up. It emerges that Phelan, who originally ‘cooperated’ with police, also double-crossed Knowles. Phelan is arrested, but Knowles dies in prison.
#8 - Another Bride, Another Groom
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 17, 1982
Arthur's niece is getting married,But Terry who should be driving the bride to the church is using the limousine to pick up a load of porn books.
#9 - The Son Also Rises
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 3, 1982
When a school boy is terrorised by local thugs, his mother hires Terry to protect him. It turns out that the thugs have been hired by his father's ex partner, who is just out of jail and has been cheated out of his promised windfall.
#10 - In
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 7, 1982
Arthur gets arrested in a drugs raid after taking possession of a car bought in from Europe Terry tries to hunt down the seller and after a long chase Terry gets the driver but back at the police station Arthur is being released.
#11 - Whose Wife Is It Anyway?
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 1980
When an old friend of Arthur's gets injured in a so-called "hit and run accident" Terry gets involved in minding the villain's antique shop.
#12 - Don't Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 2, 1980
Terry trains Willie a boxer on the comeback trail, but it becomes apparent that he is not taking the fight seriously. The promoter wants Willie to lose and has had a large bet on the other boxer. Terry shames Willie into training properly but the outcome is in the balance right up to the last round.
#13 - The Beer Hunter
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1980
Arthur meets his old army mate Yorkie. After a night on the town, Terry is to drive them home, but after taking him to his hotel, he goes missing. After a long search it turns out that Yorkie went to a local Hooker and somehow has lost his trousers. With his wife on her way down to London, the hunt is on for a replacement pair.
#14 - Rocky Eight and a Half
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 1984
When Arthur goes to a pirate boxing match, it gives him the idea, of getting Terry back into the ring for a fight with Jackie Wilson the man he fought seven years ago, when Terry threw the fight, and lost his licence. Things start to get complicated when Wilson's wife shows up and suggests that her husband isn't fit to fight.
#15 - A Well Fashioned Fit-Up
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 1984
When Arthur tries to sell some fake dresses to a fashion agent, he refuses, but offers Terry a job guarding his warehouse, but Terry has already promised a pub owner that he will work for him, so Arthur stands in for him.
#16 - Goodbye Sailor
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1984
Arthur is involved in a deal to buy some dodgy tobacco from a sailor (Commander Hawksley) so he sends Terry and Arnie down to the South Coast to complete the deal only to find that the tobacco has to be smuggled ashore from a French boat. When Arthur turns up all three and Commander Hawksley go out to sea to pick up the goods but when Terry finds out what is happening, and then the police turn up they dump the tobacco in the sea.
#17 - Second Hand Pose
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 3, 1984
When due to mix up ,Terry is left in a large industrial meat freezer, he decides to go his own way, and gets work helping out an old friend who is in the second hand furniture business.
#18 - The Return of the Invincible Man
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 18, 1985
When the local gents tailor is going out of business, he wants Arthur to get a gang together and rob his safe so he can claim on the insurance. but things start to go wrong, when the leader of the gang, Scotch Harry is accidentally blown up and he goes to Arthur for help.
#19 - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Entrepreneur
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1991
After Terry marries and leaves for Australia without telling anyone, Arthur appoints his nephew Ray his new minder and assistant, on similar vague and ungenerous terms as with Terry. Ray proves himself as physically capable as Terry was, and also finds his French language skills of use when he is sent to Brussels to pick up a car. He saves Arthur from being arrested for drug trafficking.
#20 - A Bouquet of Barbed Wine
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 12, 1991
Arthur is persuaded by Herbie Collins to buy a large consignment of British wine allegedly made by the 'Blessed Brothers of Saint Bidolph' in Kent. Before Arthur can collect the wine, Collins is arrested and the warehouse chained up prior to an inventory being taken. Ray and Arthur break in and take the cases they have already paid for. Arthur holds a official launch of 'Bulldog Wines PLC' at the Winchester, but discovers that all the wine has been 'corked' and is unsaleable.
#21 - Him Indoors
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 24, 1991
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.
#22 - How to Succeed in Business without Really Retiring
Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 1993
Arthur decides to retire and leaves Ray in charge. He is initially successful, computerising the records and expanding business, but he doesn’t have Arthur’s hard-won knowledge of people and their habits. Ray falls victim to a sting operation involving jewellery and Arthur, who’s become bored with retirement anyway, returns to the business to sort out the mess.
#23 - Last Orders at the Winchester
Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 4, 1993
To celebrate Dave’s 25 years at the Winchester, Arthur offers to get the club redecorated. He gives the job to “Heart Attack” – but the latter promptly breaks through a bearing wall and the club is forced to close down. To raise the money for repairs, Arthur organises a fundraiser football match, refereed by DS Morley. Then ‘Heart Attack’, who’d vanished, reappears and hands over the money for the repairs, which he’s stolen from Vic, a rival club owner. To allay police suspicions, an auction is held in order to ‘launder’ the money.
#24 - The Great Trilby
Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 18, 1993
A private detective, Bill McCabe, arrives from Australia to investigate a claim that Arthur is heir to a fortune left by an distant relative who’s died intestate. Ray and Arthur carry out some genealogical research at the Family Records Centre (then located at St. Catherine’s House and now merged with the National Archives), and also search parish records. They finally locate what appears to be clinching evidence of Arthur’s claim to be the last surviving descendant of the deceased’s family. But the Will requires the inheritor to be ‘of good character’, and Arthur has just been charged with unauthorised use of parking infringement notices (which are also forged).
#25 - One Flew Over the Parents' Nest
Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 1994
Whilst his parents are on holiday in Spain, Ray, driving Bert’s taxi, picks up Susie, an attractive girl who claims to be on the run from a violent husband. Arthur, scenting a ‘nice little earner’, installs her in Bert and Doreen’s house.