Sunday, 2 December 2007

"Who do you think you are - Eric Clacton?"

Christmas 1983, and Euston Films' sublime comedy-drama series Minder has become so popular that its stars, Dennis Waterman and George Cole, have been able to storm the UK top 40 with the daft-but-fun What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors? - a song the pair of them also co-wrote. Here we see them performing it live on Top of the Pops:

Isn't that fantastic? I bloody love Minder - seriously! It's one of those rare shows that I enjoy every bit as much now as I did when I was nine or ten. As if the superb dynamic between Cole & Waterman and the supporting cast, coupled with great scripts and a seemingly endless conveyor belt of the best British actors as guest stars, wasn't enough, it also featured possibly the greatest theme tune - and opening and closing credits - of all time:

opening credits

end credits

Absolute magic. Anyway, if you've read this far you'll probably be interested in these: both sides of Arfur & Terry's Christmas '83 #21 smash hit!

Dennis Waterman and George Cole - What Are We Gonna Get 'er Indoors? mp3

Dennis Waterman and George Cole - Quids and Quavers mp3

(mp3s available for 7 days)

Buy Minder boxsets here.


Spike said...

That's unexpectedly ace!

Darren said...

You're right about Minder. The first couple of series were brilliant.

I always thought it was funny that the creator of Arthur Daley - Leon Griffiths - was named after Leon Trotsky. ;-)

Kippers said...

Heh, was he really? Oh the irony!

ally. said...

oh my good gawd - we live and breath minder in our house and even though we only plowed joyously through the entire series of the sweeney and minder in the last year or so are watching them again on itv4 now they're being repeated.

Kippers said...

My ITV4 reception's a bit pants (bad Freeview area) so I'm making do with the boxsets at the mo.

Ahh, The Sweeney. I may well have to move on to that next!

MJ Hibbett said...

A couple of years ago i was in HAWAII (whoo!) just before Christmas, and our hotel kept playing "What're we gonna get for her indoors" in the lobby, and then we heard it later on in a shopping mall too. It was WEIRD, but also very very christmassy, and it made me pine for home.

Kippers said...

Blimey, how wonderfully surreal! Arthur must've sold a job lot of unsold copies of the single to one of his business contacts in Honolulu or something ;)

Espana said...

His version of I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day will bring tears to your eyes!