The theme tune to Minder was played at Reading Crematorium today as George Cole’s funeral service got underway. It was the tune the series that made the actor such a favourite with us all here at Jammy Toast. Cole, who died on 5th August aged 90, was best known as Cockney wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley in Minder, a role he played for 15 years from 1979 to 1994. Reading a eulogy during the ceremony, Dennis Waterman, said of his time as Cole’s co-star; “We laughed all day long, every day”. Waterman, 67, played Arthur Daley’s likeable bodyguard Terry McCann in the hit series.