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.
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
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.