Arhur Daley (played by George Cole, OBE) starred in Minder a British comedy-drama about the London criminal underworld. Minder was made by Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television (Central in 1993 and 1994) and shown on ITV.

The show ran for ten series between 29 October 1979 and 10 March 1994, and starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likable bodyguard "Minder" and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a socially ambitious but highly unscrupulous importer-exporter, wholesaler, used-car salesman, and anything else from which there was money to be made whether inside the law or not a real all round likeable dodgy geezer.

The show was largely responsible for putting the word minder, meaning personal bodyguard, into the UK and Australian dictionary. Arthur and Terry drank at the local members-only Winchester Club, where owner and barman Dave (Glynn Edwards) acted often unwillingly as a message machine for Arthur, and turned a blind eye to his shady deals.

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In 2008, it was announced that Minder would go back into production for broadcast in 2009 (on Channel 5), although none of the original cast would appear in the new episodes. The new series recreated some of the iconic images of series 1-7 such as the main characters shaking hands across the front of a car.

The new show focused on Arthur's nephew, Archie, played by Shane Richie. The series returned on 4 February 2009. In 2010, it was announced that no further episodes would be made

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George Edward Cole22 April 1925 - Present, OBE

Born: Tooting, South London, England, U.K.

I was given up for adoption at the age of ten days and adopted by the Cole family. I left school to be a butcher's boy but landed a part in a touring musical, and chose acting as a career. I appeared in a film with British stage and film actor Alastair Sim, and Sim and his family took me and my mother in when I was just 15 years old.. They helped me lose his Cockney accent and I stayed with the Sims until I was 27 years old.

I began appearing in films in the early 1940s, debuting in the 1941 film 'Cottage to Let'. I owe the success of my career to Alastair Sim, who became my mentor. I have appeared in a total of 11 films with Sim, starting with 'Cottage to Let', and ending with an obscure 1961 independent film The Anatomist.

I have also acted opposite Laurence Olivier in The Demi-Paradise (1943) and Olivier's film version of Henry V (1944). Renée Asherson and I are the last surviving members of the large cast of Henry V. I took some time out of acting as my career was interrupted by my service in the Royal Air Force from 1944 to 1947.

I am also well known for my lead role in the 1950s radio comedy A Life of Bliss where I played an amiable but bumbling bachelor with his dog Psyche, voiced by Percy Edwards. This later became a TV series in 1960.

In the 1950s I became casted in various British Comedy films, appearing with Sim in Scrooge (as the young Scrooge) in 1951, but my best known film role was as "Flash Harry" in the St Trinian's films (two of which also star Sim), and in the comedy Too Many Crooks (1958). I also starred in the 1973 film Take Me High alongside Cliff Richard and Deborah Watling.

Television Roles

The Firebug 1965

Out of the Unknown 1969

The Last Lonely Man 1969

UFO 1969

Flight Path 1969

Menace 1970

Killing Time 1970

Don't Forget To Write 1970

Minder 1979 - 1994

Root Into Europe in 1992

Independent Man 1995-1996

Bodily Harm 2003

New Tricks 2004

Blott on the Landscape 2007

A Class Apart 2007


Cottage to Let (1941)

Those Kids from Town (1942)

The Demi-Paradise (1943)

Henry V (1944)

Journey Together (1946)

My Brother's Keeper (1948)

Quartet (1948)

The Spider and the Fly (1949)

The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Gone to Earth (1950)

Morning Departure (1950)

Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Flesh & Blood (1951)

Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)

Scrooge (1951)

The Happy Family (1952)

The Wild Heart (1952)

Who Goes There! (1952)

Top Secret (1952)

Folly to Be Wise (1953)

Our Girl Friday (1953)

Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)

The Intruder (1953)

The Clue of the Missing Ape (1953)

The Belles of St Trinian's (1954)

An Inspector Calls (1954)

Happy Ever After (1954)

Where There's a Will (1955)

A Prize of Gold (1955)

The Constant Husband (1955)

The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955)

It's a Wonderful World (1956)

The Green Man (1956)

Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)

The Weapon (1957)

Too Many Crooks (1959)

The Bridal Path (1959)

Don't Panic Chaps (1959)

The Bridal Path (1959)

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960)

The Anatomist (1961)

Cleopatra (1963)

One Way Pendulum (1964)

The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)

The Caramel Crisis (1966)

The Green Shoes (1968)

The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Fright (1971)

Take Me High (1973)

The Blue Bird (1976)

The Sweeney (1976)

Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

Minder on the Orient Express (1985) (TV)

The End of Innocence (1990)

Mary Reilly (1996)

The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000)

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