I’ve been working on this project with a few contacts for a number of years now. Most episodes have been restored using digital sources. Does your copy of “Class of '62” have the undubbed line ‘There’s that Italian prat’ by any chance? The line is said by Trigger when they’re looking at their school football team photo. Apparently it went out like that on the original broadcast but I’ve never seen anything to back this up.
The only episodes we’re really struggling to find good sources for are:
• Series 1 Episodes 4-7 with original theme
• Series 2 Episode 3 “A Losing Streak” - Apparently this one also originally went out uncensored
• Series 5 Episode 2 “The Miracle of Peckham” (Which actually has further cuts not mentioned on the wiki page)
• Series 5 Episode 4 “Tea For Three”
Alas, My “The Class of '62” VHS copy has the dubbed line where Trigger says “kid” instead of “prat” (I’d forgotten about that one), but the scene where they’re singing along to “Mighty Quinn” is intact, unlike the DVD which cuts this and the scene fades in as Boycie is on the phone to Marlene.
I know there was a (now very rare) Series 1 VHS release which retained the original opening theme music. I’m assuming someone could just restore the original theme to the remaining episodes.
I’m sure I read that the Series 2 episode you speak of was already edited even before it was originally broadcast, so I doubt any unedited version exists to the public for that one.
I Sky+'d "The Miracle of Peckham and “Tea for Three” from Gold in 2014 and I believe both were around 90% unedited. I DVD-R’d them both but haven’t watched it in a while so can’t really confirm. “Tea For Three” is uncut on iTunes though.
I did have the 1996 Christmas trilogy taped on their first reruns in late 1997/early 1998 which had original music intact for “Heroes and Villans” (O Fortuna playing to Damen in the dream sequence) and “Time on our Hands” (original “Our House”), but that seems to have disappeared from my collection. “O Fortuna”, which features in pretty much every episode Damien is in, is always replaced with similar sounding stock music.
I’ve bought “Tea For Three”, “Thicker than Water” and “The Jolly Boys’ Outing” from iTunes and they’re all uncut, along with many others according to that wikipedia page. Trouble is it’s iTunes and can’t watch them on anything else, nor are they the best quality.