|086. No Way To Treat A Daley - Written by Tim Firth #9.2
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
First Broadcast in the UK: 14th January 1993
When Arthur buys a job lot of fire damaged goods from Eric's Garden Centre, he comes across a large air balloon which Dave convinces him would be an ideal earner for advertising. Deciding to set up in the advertising industry on the cheap, Arthur soon ends up in a spot of bother with Tony Pike, a local rogue who believes the local advertising industry is all his and it should stay that way. Meanwhile, Ray has become tired of being Arthur's skivvy and decides that he needs a word with Arthur about being a real minder.
After Tony Pike's minder Warren spots Ray attempting to inflate the advertising balloon at a service station, he informs Tony Pike of what is happening. Pike tells Warren to treat Arthur to 'a night out on the marsh' - abducting Arthur and holding him hostage in an abandoned power station where Tony Pike and his minders will carry out retribution in the form of a punishment beating. It seems that Tony Pike is well known for his acts of retribution and when Ray discovers Arthur has gone missing, he begins a frantic search for clues as to Arthur's whereabouts. The trail leads him to Les, a previous victim of one of Pike's beatings. As Ray begins to doubt his ability as a minder, he soon learns that Arthur's powers of persuasion are better than even he first thought.
Cast: Glynn Edwards as Dave, Richard Ridings as Warren, James Berwick as Joey, Philip Martin Brown as Pike, Suzy Cooper as Desiree, Emma Cunningham as Gloria, Nadio Fortune as Waiter, Matthew Lloyd Lewis as Pump Attendant, Nabil Massad as Mr. Ali, Desmond McNamara as Les, Hugh Sachs as Kenny, Nick Raggett as Gas Deliverer
Facts: Richard Ridings is probably more recognisable to some for his roles in the BBC comedy drama 'Common As Muck' and 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet'. Ray's girlfriend Gloria has quite a lot of screen time in this episode as she helps Ray find Arthur. Much of this episode sees Arthur in the back of a transit van as Warren drives him to Tilbury Power Station for a meeting with Tony Pike.
Double Take: Desmond McNamara who plays Les (who works at the boxing club), also appeared in two other Minder episodes - as Reggie Reynolds in #3.6 Another Bride, Another Groom and as Gossip in #10.9 Bring Me The Head of Arthur Daley.
Bloopers: None found.
Name That Tune: The music playing repeatedly in Tony Pike's car as he travels to meet Arthur is 'Spring' by Vivaldi.
Title: 'No Way To Treat A Lady' - a 1968 comic thriller directed by Jack Smight, that starred Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal and Eileen Heckart.
Last updated : 1st December 2019 by jno
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