Summer is (finally) upon us, so it’s time once again for another edition of our favouritest grabs. As always, these are grabs featuring Mr. Malahide’s characters that Fearless Admin and I found appealing, amusing, or entertaining, and the reasons why.
What’s Going On in This Picture?
It’s from the S04E03 episode of “Minder“, titled “High Drains Pilferer” (reviewed by Admin here) from 1984. Chisholm (Mr. Malahide) and Jones (Meic Povey) are on the trail of some loot stolen from Susie, girlfriend of notorious gangster Mickey “The Fish” Metcalfe (David Calder) while she was having a shower in her flat, By a curious coincidence, Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) is currently on loan from Arthur Daley (George Cole) to Mickey as a driver. That alone is enough to arouse Chisholm’s suspicions, but his problems are compounded when he finds that the insurers have an ex-policeman named Harbot (nicknamed “Horrible Harbot” by Chisholm and Jones) on the case as well. You get the impression that there’s no love lost between Chisholm and Horrible Harbot, and that they were likely very unfriendly rivals. Anyway, in this grab, Chisholm is pausing for a brief but intense refuelling just before Harbot visits and ruins his day a little bit.
Why Is This One a Favourite?
It’s even better when you see him in motion. Admin has made a marvelous gif of it (see left), showing Chisholm applying an intense amount of attention to munching that biscuit. Admin and I have speculated that Chisholm mostly runs on his nerves, but when he does fuel up he needs his carbs and lots of hot tea, so I think we’re seeing Chisholm consuming two of his favourite food groups here. I also like the detail of his homely little chickie mug. 😀 I doubt it’s something he’d pick out for himself, so Admin and I have come to the conclusion that Chisholm’s nan probably gave it to him. He’s probably the only DS with one in the entire Metropolitan Police force, and no one would dare laugh at it. I have no idea if the “Minder” set dressers intended it that way (probably not!), but it’s a nice little glimpse at Chisholm having some rare downtime.
Admin: Those jaws are so hard at work. 🙂 Yeah, it was probably just a random utilitarian mug as far as the set designers were concerned, but its simple nature fits Chisholm to a tee.