Deleted/truncated scenes missing from the US Version of the LEWIS Episode, LIFE BORN OF FIRE, Series 2, Episode 3.

Hello everyone and welcome to a new post. In the past I have created posts showing the missing scenes from series five and six of the Endeavour series. You can find these posts by clicking HERE and go to section 15 on the page.

I have now found out, thanks to Lewis fans on my live streams, that PBS also edited scenes from the Lewis series. A huge thank you to Nate who took the time to compare the PBS aired episode and the original UK broadcast. Unbelievably, there are some important scenes that have been excised by the editor for PBS who is akin to a heavy handed butcher.

Of course it is possible that not all regions had the following scenes deleted. To put the missing scenes into context I will include parts of the scenes that came before and after. Let me know thoughts on this post in the comments section. The running times I have mentioned below are those for the UK broadcast and DVD. So, for US viewers they will be approximate.

First up we have Lewis and Hathaway after talking to the Will’s mother. This is between 15 minutes and 16 minutes and 48 seconds.

Second deleted scene is a short one when Laurence phones Feardorcha Phelan’s number. This is between 16 minutes and 29 seconds and 17 minutes and 45 seconds.

Third, Lewis and Hathaway discussing the case and possible suspects. 37 minutes and 50 seconds and ends at 39 minutes and 33 seconds.

Fourth, Will’s funeral. Starts at 42 minutes and 29 seconds. Ends at 45 minutes and eight seconds.

Fifth scene, still at Will’s funeral. 45 minutes and 3 seconds and ends at 47 minutes and 40 seconds.

Sixth scene, Lewis at his allotment. Begins at  48 minutes and 2 seconds and ends at 50 minutes and 24 seconds.

Seventh scene, Jonjo talking to lady Hugh. Starts at 56 minutes and 59 seconds and ends at 58 minutes and 33 seconds.

Eighth scene, Lewis interviewing Nova Rose. Starts at one hour and two minutes and ends at one hour and five minutes.

A scene not deleted but moved by PBS. It is the scene around the one hour mark when Hathaway is talking to the filmmaker Jonjo. This scene was moved to after we see Conan watching the DVD of Will at the outdoor café. In the original version the Jonjo/Hathaway conversation is after we see Hathaway and Lewis walking through the college talking about why no one sees Feardorcha who may be the killer.

I hope you found this of interest. Please take the time to read to the end of this post.

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4 thoughts

  1. PBS is the absolute worst. Their program Van Der Volk was so choppy and disconnected – can only be results of the chopping room – that it was not good at all and hard to follow. I can only imagine what was cut out of the new shows that I am recording, and the ones I watched before I knew about their hatchet wielding but I have no choice until they are streamed on Britbox or Amazon

  2. Starrshine69 Thanks Chris for posting these scenes and to Nate for providing them. Three that I found especially important for context were the conversation with Will’s mom at the funeral, Lewis’s conversation at his allotment, and Lewis’s interview of Nova Rose. These scenes were so important to understanding later events in the episode.

  3. I agree with Kathleen. Sometimes the leap over deleted scenes is dizzying, not to mention frustrating. Continuity is broken, and the sense of the program is lost. Before I learned about this butchery, I thought it might be poor writing, or maybe I wasn’t bright enough to make connections.
    Many thanks to Chris for this thoughtful presentation of deleted scenes. In this set I particularly enjoyed the scene of Lewis having tea with the manager in the allotment. Not a crucial scene, but so enriching to the story and to our understanding of Lewis’ character.
    Great job, Chris, and much appreciated!

  4. I believe that the LEWIS episodes on Amazon Prime (in ‘murica) are intact. All of the scenes shown here were in the Prime version, unless my memory is failing me. I’m certain that I will be contradicted in 1, 2, 3….

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