The passing of George Cole was announced this morning; he worked with Honeycomb in the late eighties during the height of his fame as Minder’s Arthur Daley.
When we were developing Tube Mice, our first series for ITV, voices for two loveable rouge mice, Vernon and Toaster, were needed. Originally, they were to be secondary characters, but Minder’s George Cole and Dennis Waterman came to mind. Amazingly, they both agreed to work on the project, promoting Vernon and Toaster to become the main characters.
I remember a kind and professional man, who was very encouraging to the young actors, directors and writers who were beginning their careers in television.
Although Tube Mice was a very minor part in the life of George Cole, he mentioned his time on the show in his recent autobiography.