RE: the eps on UK Drama

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I just checked 2 episodes the BBC
broadcast repeated during the 50 year anniversary of the beeb (IIRC
The running time for episodes 3 (Other Points Of
The Compass) and 4 (The High Price) were according to the TCM on the video
machine 49 minutes 10 seconds (give or take  few seconds difference), this
is from the beginning of the opening title to the end of the closing title. I
have a few more of these original from the beeb episodes along with the closing
credits of the Clothes Show. I'll check the running times on those when I'm
feeling bored.
Anyhow. From UK Drama, with all the adverts edited
out and again from opening to closing titles, Ep 3 is 46 minutes 43 seconds, Ep
4 is 47 minutes 15 seconds.
Quickly looking through a sample of all the UK
Drama episodes the run times are all in this area. Something around 2 minutes
would appear to be missing from every one of them.
One thing I did notice when editing and did
not check on was that the repeat episode broadcast early in the morning only had
1.5 minute advert slots instead of the usual 3-4 minute ones during the day.
(I'd recorded this because I messed up editing one of the daytime
slots and needed the first 25 minutes of it) I did not check however if the
overall running time was different, I doubt it was, as they would not bother to
do a different edit for that slot? The extra time was probably filled up with
upcoming programme information or something.
—– Original Message —–
From: moonroll

Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2005 3:07
Subject: Re: [shiponedingroup] the eps on UK


Re not including Bloody Week in the videos, I guess
there wasn't room for all the episodes and it was decided to omit one episode
from each series and also make cuts to the others so each series would fit on
four videos.  They probably picked on Bloody Week because it is (in my
opinion anyway) the weakest of the second series and, other than the
Elizabeth/Albert angle, is pretty much a stand alone story so its omission
wouldn't affect the continuing storylines.

In terms of the cuts made by
UKTV Drama, if you watch the BBC video of 'Frisco Bound and compare, you'll see
that the scene with Anne & James in the cabin of the Charlotte Rhodes before
she sails is totally cut as well as the scene when the ship returns and James
walks down the gangplank and kisses Anne.  I particularly noticed those two
cuts as 'Frisco Bound is one of my fav episodes and UKTV Drama ruined the
episode for me.

I've only watched 2/3 episodes in their entirety so far
but I think every episode has been cut by I guess two to three minutes. 
Bill, I would be interested to know how much has been cut when you get round to
checking your old tapes.  When the BBC originally broadcast series one and
two in 1971 and 1972, each episode had a fifty minute timeslot with opening and
ending credits.  However, this would also have included a bit of time for
BBC programme trailers so each episode in its entirety is probably approx. 48


Date: 28/07/2005