Has anyone preserved any uncut episodes of this series?
For the uninitiated, this classic BBC sitcom has suffered from several cuts/edits to pretty much every home format it’s been released on (VHS/DVD), largely due to either use of copyright music and dialogue/slang that by today’s standards is deemed offensive. Interestingly enough, a lot of these episodes are broadcast unedited on UK channel “Gold”, which is the only channel the show is broadcast on these days (BBC1 haven’t broadcast the show in years from what I remember.) but of course there’s commercial breaks what seems like every 10 minutes and Gold sometimes apply their own edits (usually if it’s shown pre-watershed). iTunes in recent years have since released uncut episodes for download but DVD’s are still stuck with the butchered ones.
Here’s a list of edits that have been made to home video releases;
I’ve managed to recover/maintain a few pure episodes through rare DVD’s and VHS captures
“A Royal Flush” (From “The Only Fools and Horses DVD Collection” DVD Issue 13 released in 2005)
“Yuppy Love” (Ripped from a video streaming site (not YouTube) uploaded not too long ago)
“The Class of '62” (Capture to DVD from 1993 VHS release ‘Danger UXD’)
Miami Twice (Original 2-part version of 1991 Christmas Special with no laughter track on part 2, recorded on VHS by myself around Christmas 1998)
I’ve looked over the net over the years and never been able to find any uncut episodes preserved to I thought I’d get the ball rolling here.
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