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: