Minder returns to five in 2009

Five has confirmed that it has commissioned production company talkbackTHAMES to produce the six-part drama series Minder, to air on Five in 2009, it was announced today (THURS).

Starring Shane Richie as Archie Daley, Arthur Daley’s nephew, and Lex Shrapnel as Jamie, the iconic series is updated for a modern audience.

Five’s Director of Programmes, Ben Gale, said: “I am delighted to confirm this commission which retains all the humour and charm of the original Minder. The assembled on and off-screen talent is exactly what’s needed to bring this celebrated series to life for a new audience.”

Susie Conklin will executive produce the series for Five. Susie brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked on projects as diverse as Cranford, State of Play and Linda Green.

Executive Producer for talkbackTHAMES, Johnathan Young, said: “Minder is one of the British comedy drama greats. We’re working with really strong writing and directorial talent to capture the wit and sentiment of the original series, while exploring the strong bond between the two leads. We want to satisfy fans of the original, but will also add different elements in order to excite new viewers.”

As in the original, the capital plays an important part in the drama, with each episode exploring a corner of contemporary London, from the glossy Gherkin and London Eye to the tower blocks of Walworth and the markets of Borough and Bermondsey.

In true Minder style, each hour-long episode is a self-contained story where Archie and Jamie come into contact with a cast of contemporary characters from wannabes and has-beens, to villains and police. The series will also feature guest stars and cameo appearances from a range of British acting talent.

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