I've only seen the first episode so far, but it looks like they're running the same cuts made for both ads and time that were made for Drama back in 2017.
Someone who's looked through says those edits run through to episode 22 of series 5, then it's pretty much uncut after. Which suggests they'd edited them that far for the aborted 2017 Drama airings. Showing they had bought series 5, started preparing it for transmission and the 10 year skip ahead really was last a minute decision.
Also look like they've included the first 46 episodes of series 6 as part of "series 5". I'm wondering if they've done that so they can release an even number of episodes each month between now and September, as otherwise they'd be releasing 50 more episodes in September than in June-August. Doing that means they can release 106 episodes all but one of those months (and 105 the other month) which keeps it even, and is pretty much the number of episodes there were in series 6-8 originally (104 in 6 and 105 in 7&8 ).
Can't believe how poor the picture quality is though, they've clearly just done a straight removal of every other field with no blending or interpolating, so there's a lot of jagged lines and very jerky and juddery movement. Even if they can't offer 50fps playback (which it feels like there's little excuse for these days, especially when the iPlayer can do it, and so can the ITV Hub on some platforms), they could at least de-interlace better. Just blending the fields together would look a lot better with both the resolution and the movement. Even other streaming services that only play 50/60i content as 25/30p usually manage a reasonable job of the de-interlacing, so it's not too jagged or jerky. It doesn't really seem good enough when this is the only way we're going to be able to see these episodes (though I admit people who aren't geeks probably don't mind).
Last edited by james-2001 on 1 May 2020 10:22pm