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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dennis Waterman ...  Thomas Gynn 27 episodes, 1989-1993
Emma Wray Emma Wray ...  Pippa O'Connor 23 episodes, 1990-1993
Niall Toibin ...  John Lively 22 episodes, 1990-1993
Jan Francis ...  Sally Hardcastle 16 episodes, 1989-1991
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1989 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Dennis Waterman's autobiography "ReMinder", Susan George's character Samantha Mansfield in Series 4 was written out after a few episodes because Waterman and executive producer David Reynolds decided that George was not capable of doing the job. After hasty re-writes, Leslie Ash's character Jo Blake was introduced as a replacement love interest for Thomas Gynn. See more »

Crazy Credits

In many episodes of Season 4, the job "continuity" is spelled "continunity". This may be an in-joke, given that attention to detail and noticing small errors is one of the tasks of the continuity person. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drama Trails: 'The Fixer' to 'Trial and Retribution' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay Lucky and Free
(Title song)
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Get the feeling Dennis Waterman was hoping for another Minder!
8 February 2012 | by Rupert17See all my reviews

Stay Lucky hasn't got the charm and wit of the Minder series with Dennis Waterman and George Cole, but it is entertaining at a certain level and the spunky Jan Francis is a great foil for Waterman and an asset to an otherwise mediocre series.

Waterman plays Thomas Gyn, a bit of a lad on the run up north to escape some misdemeanours committed in London. He happens upon Sally Hardcastle,played by Jan Francis, her car broken down on the motor way, and manages to get her back on the road again and cadge a lift in the direction of Leeds. After a bit of hi-jinx and misunderstandings between the two, they form anattraction for each other and Thomas becomes caught up in Sally'scomplicated life, involving a late unfaithful husband, a stolen painting and intimidation from sources interested in the painting's recovery.

Naturally Waterman and Francis hold this shaky plot together with their quarrelling and banter, and by the end of the first series you can't help but hope that something more permanent and substantial comes from their relationship. 7/10


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