It does explain this: ITV4 are inconsistent and 'Minder' on ITV4 is not how the show was not intended to be broadcast or more importantly to be seen - I think that is fair to say. The ITV4 version is a poorly edited expurgated imitation of the original with no regard for the content.
I have mentioned countless times on this forum that although I am happy the ITV4 broadcasts keep Minder in the public consciousness, it's a crying shame it's not how was intended. ITV4 treat the show as a cash cow and it is nothing more than a poorly expurgated version focused on raising revenue through extended ad breaks. Minder was made as a post 8:30 PM / 9:00 PM 'after the watershed' show and now sadly ITV4 see it as nothing more than a daytime schedule filler.
It is akin to a radio station playing a song with chunks missing replaced by ads or YouTube constantly interrupting a video by placing an ad in there. What ITV4 do is for me only 1 step away from using pop-ups on webpage: grab you by offering you a carrot of major interest only for them then to use that as a means to promote ads and make money. I don't believe Minder (or many other shows on ITV4) were created for this purpose. Ad breaks complemented the show, not the other way around.
As such discussing what ITV4 may or may not have chopped is neither here or there for me and this wanders off the original version of the show for which this thread 'All Mod Cons' thread is meant.
Here is the specific thread for discussing dodgy ITV4 edits:
Watched last night and a good epsiode which you cannot take your eyes off with three storylines to follow. I think Terry has gone well upmarket with his latest bird, but did we ever see her again? I cannot remember. Toyah would have been at the peak of her powers at this point with acting and doing well in the musical stakes as well. The dodgy bathroom stuff, even I struggle to think Arthur would have bought that load of old rubbish.
Do we think Ace would have let two hooray henrys spank him in his own kitchen like that two ***** did and even worse make a mess of his kitchen? I suspect he wouldn't have needed Terry to pull him out of the Merde.
Simon Cadel was a superb actor who was taking from us too soon, could turn his hand to any type of character, but played the 'ponce' manager well.
The Michael Robbins character was possibly how the older man did around chasing younger woman back then, I suspect he would have splashed a dash of blue stratos as well just to secure success, although she was a right howler.
I can remember a guy, possibly around the same age as the MR character around this time going around with different woman most evenings where I lived with his shirt undone to the waist, which was a brave thing to do up here as not exactly the med. The reason I remember him was he always passed us at the swings we played at on his way to the Double Two with his latest conquest and the older kids would tell us stories of what he was up too, which at the time sounded disgusting.
This was the very first episode I saw of Minder. It certainly wasn't shown in HK. I recall the Space Invaders scene so vividly. Excellent episode. My take on Terry with a cigarette lighter is he was now doorman in a plush establishment, perhaps lighting women's cigarettes for them whilst they exited a taxi? Great roles for all concerned. The kitchen scene was great with lardy Bernie getting a clump after being ridden around the kitchen being whipped with a stick of celery. To answer Daz's question, I would have cut them up and put them in a curry (to paraphrase what I heard a Gurkha private threaten a British Corporal....and was VERY real in the threat) The top totty was stunning. Terrys best in my book!