Missing episode?


I have never been able to find anything to support this, but I seem to recall that the original broadcast was in FOUR parts. The missing part is the first part which shows Ashton's life from birth until he arrives at Marden. It includes the events in Gulkote and introduces all the Indian players in depth so that the next three parts make more sense.

Am I imagining this????

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One of the IMDB user reviews says this also -- it's currently the top review if you are looking at all of them. Also, one of the reviews on Amazon says that as well.

When did you see the miniseries, and where?
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I'm sure you're right! While watching the episodes offered by Netflix, I distinctly remember scenes or stories from Ash and Anjuli's childhood. An especially favorite memory is of Koda Dad teaching the children. Wasn't there a horse race between the future lovers as kids?
I also remember seeing a bit more of Seta, and being in tears when she also passed.
I noticed the VHS tapes of the original TV series in 1984 are 116 min long and the DVDs from 2001 are 110 min. Is it possible these memories of their childhood were only 4 minutes long and deleted, for whatever purpose? Perhaps they're politically incorrect?
Anyway, I'm going to read the book by Mary Margaret Kaye and perhaps imagine the missing scenes.
There's an excellent article at wikipedia.com It states that HBO's original miniseries ran 360 minutes. So there we have it!

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A couple decades ago I rented a VHS copy of this movie. I remembered this wonderful program from the 1980s and wanted to experience it again. The made-to-fit two hour version was so chopped up and I was disappointed to say the least. I hope to see this series in its original form someday.

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My VHS tapes run 2 hrs 38 minutes for part 1, and 2 hrs and 29 minutes for part 2. Which make it 307 minutes.


WIKIPEDIA says "For HBO and Goldcrest, and first screened in 1984 in the UK, Peter Duffell directed a five-hour three-part television miniseries based on the novel, starring Ben Cross as Ashton, Amy Irving as Anjuli, Omar Sharif as Koda Dad and Christopher Lee as Kaka-ji Rao. It was HBO's first mini series.[2] The mini series ran 300 minutes,[3][4][5] and the parts were entitled "Return to India", "The Journey to Bhithor", and "Wally and Anjuli". (The current DVD release split each of these parts into two, creating 6 parts each of about 50 minutes, added a credit section at the newly created break in each part, and in addition removed the titlecard names of the original parts.) A theatrical edit of the series, entitled Blade of Steel,[citation needed] ran 140 minutes, cutting half the story. Although conventional in storytelling and photography, the mini series has ample production value (at a budget of $12 million it was the most expensive made-for-cable movie at the time)[6][7] and is faithful to the book, although cutting short the youth of Ashton before his return to India, and transposing the Afghan rebellion and Ash's rescue of Anjuli. Carl Davis composed the score, which is a much-sought collector's item. Much of the film was shot in the precincts of Samode Palace.

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