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Dennis Waterman's tears at Minder co-star's funeral

Actor Dennis Waterman has paid a tearful tribute to his Minder co-star George Cole at the latter's funeral, where the coffin arrived to the show's famous theme tune.

Cole, who died on August 5 aged 90, is best remembered for his portrayal of small-time wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley, who was always with his bodyguard Terry McCann, played by Waterman. The upbeat song I Could Be So Good For You was a hit for Waterman in 1980.

Delivering the eulogy at the service, Waterman (67) said: "People are always asking me for anecdotes. Working with George was an anecdote. We laughed all day, every day."

Cole's widow Penny read David Harkins' poem He Is Gone during the service. She said, "You can open your eyes and see all that he has left", before jokingly adding in "all those television repeats."

Belfast Telegraph