Exactly what I meant re: context. It would be silly to start watering down these kinds of shows when the whole point is to be discussing historical content for a reason.
That episode, for some reason, has no music in it on Netflix. I think that’s why it seems like there are jarring cuts - it’s just a section that is otherwise covered by music as it goes from one scene to the next. I don’t think anything was cut.
Episode 4 (I think) is the one that will be cut if any are. It’s the one where all the parents are invited in for tea and Philippa’s mother describes her taxi driver as “black as you like with a Lancashire accent”. Obviously the joke is her ignorance but that nuance is usually lost these days.
All the episodes are available on YouTube (I won't link), but even within the first minute of that episode they cut out mentions of Princess Margaret and Fergie.
Edit: Actually it seems nothing was cut, but it seems to be a different take of the scene as there is an obvious difference in the placement of props, maybe the Netflix version is one that was sold abroad?
There was some talk about this on Twitter a little while back, it's quite the oddity.
Some very blunt edits in dinnerladies episode 2 on Netflix, such as the laughtrack dipping out for one line, and no end credits music. Was it always like this, or is this some rough cut?— Jonathan Sloman (!) (@SquidyUK) May 12, 2020
Tell you what is same as ever was - the prince who's sick of his duties and just wants sex.
Could have been as mundane as the dubbing mixer 'saving' their work at the end of a session. Is anyone brave enough to dub it off and try and phase it against the DVD audio to spot differences?— Darrell Maclaine (@maclockdown) May 12, 2020
I recall reading years ago, that each episode was recorded twice, on consecutive nights, and Ms Wood decided which version had the best performances. Perhaps...— Al (@PoppyDog08) May 12, 2020
...the 'proper' version, as are the performances (and most of the opening scene). Which is (a) definitely shoddy work by someone at the Beeb's archive, (b) an interesting thing to see. I'd like to see the same happen with the similarly dual-recorded Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.— Mask Gibbings-Jones (@BrokenTV) June 2, 2020