Christmas shopping wipes us all out.
Admin: It is time for a Christmas themed Analysis of a Scene. While “Minder on the Orient Express” might not seem especially Christmassy, it actually is. Back in 1985 it aired on Christmas day as the highlight of ITV’s Christmas schedule.
In this clip, poor Chisholm has the unenviable task of enlisting Arthur Daley’s and Terry McCann’s help in keeping his undercover copper status a secret as he takes part in an Interpol investigation. I don’t know about that; he still screams “copper” or at the very least “security” to me. But, they agree.
RF: Agreed, Chisholm’s appearance pretty much screams “copper” no matter where he is.
George Cole as a young money lender.
Admin: To further add to his exasperation, he has to lower himself to borrow money from Arthur Daley. It seems the stipend the Metropolitan Police provided him with isn’t nearly enough to cover the lavish expenses of the Orient Express. To us at the Appreciation, this is made all the more fitting when you consider George Cole played a young Ebeneezer Scrooge in the classic Alistair Sim production.
RF: Chisholm’s expression when he discovers his per diem is too pitifully small to cover his expenses is a wonder to behold. You can just sense his panic. 😀 He can’t possibly ask his French colleague, François, for help and the only other people he knows on the train are Terry and Arthur. What a horrible predicament! He’s even reduced to try speaking French to the train chefs in order to beg some food [spoiler alert: it doesn’t work]. Continue reading