Gone In A Flash
The actor George Cole has died aged 90. I never saw ‘Minder’, I just think of him with his mentor and hero Alistair Sim, usually playing a spiv, and ultimately in ‘The Belles of St Trinians’ and its three sequels, in which he played Flash Harry, complete with his own theme music.
He was memorably seen in ‘Blue Murder At St Trinians’ flogging off the whole of the sixth form to a prince. As he shows the prince a scrapbook of the girls in cheesecake poses, the prince taps one photograph he’s taken with and asks; ‘What’s her background?’ To which Harry squints and replies, ‘Blackpool Pleasure Beach, I think.’ To another girlie picture he says ‘Untouched. Er, the photograph.’ The films were critically mauled at the time for being salacious and unworthy of the stiff-upper-lip British film industry, but now seem irreverent and packed with genuinely funny lines. With Cole’s passing, there’s hardly anyone from these lovely, rather strange films now.