I’ll start by confessing that I approached Five’s remake of Minder from a position of deep scepticism, but even the expectation of it not being very good hadn’t prepared me for its sheer awfulness.
Shane Ritchie’s periodic lapses into an apparent impression of George Cole were ill judged and just drew attention to the absence of any high calibre on-screen talent.
The fight sequence in the opening moments looked like something an am-dram society would be embarrassed to put on and the whole episode appeared to have been filmed at about 7am on a Sunday in the City.
This was cliche ridden ‘drama’ at its worst – dodgy coppers who’ve never heard of the rules of evidence, bent councillors and flash villains were all present and accounted for.
Speaking of this week’s bad guys, they were less menacing than the Driscoll Brothers which can’t be good.
As for the sequence in the Battersea Power Station, is it really the case that members of the public can just drive into the middle of this near-construction site? And what was with the nonsense of the airplane noise in the modern, double glazed apartment.
The London (and world) these characters and plots can realistically inhabit no longer exists. Whereas the original Minder was rooted in a world of reality, this version is residing in panto land.
Most of all, the biggest barrier to this series succeeding is that TV already has a stylish, well written, drama about kind hearted conmen and by any measure you care to use, Hustle outclasses this ill advised remake.