(BBC One still hasn’t officially announced their dates for episodes 2 and 3. But since PBS never plays the new episodes before the BBC, and the BBC likes Sundays for Sherlock, it’s a safe bet the UK dates will be the same.)
It’s super-duper important to note that US airtimes will vary because of time zones, because Masterpiece doesn’t have a set time schedule from week to week, and because PBS member stations are allowed to move their individual schedules around a little to suit their communities. So be sure to double- and triple-check the listings for your local PBS station for the right times to tune in.
But wait, it says 120 minutes up there. Are these extra-long episodes?
Sorry to disappoint you, but no–these won’t be longer-than-usual episodes.
Back with Series 1 and 2, PBS used to have Hartswood edit small pieces out of the episodes so there was room to fit the show + Masterpiece intro + messages about PBS’ funders into 90 minutes.
American fans complained about the cuts, so for Series 3 and The Abominable Bride PBS instead added an extra 30ish minutes of filler content (usually behind-the-scenes footage and interviews) to make each broadcast chunk hit the easily-scheduled 2 hour mark.
Since the episodes are officially listed as 120 minutes on the Masterpiece site again, I’d guess the good news is they’re continuing the new tradition of not editing the episodes for time. (Though they could still make minor edits for language, because Bad Words are a bigger deal in the US.) The fact that the online TV schedule for WGBH (home of Masterpiece) has all of the episodes in 90 minute slots, though, makes me think there’s not going to be a bunch of cool extra behind-the-scenes stuff this time to fill out the slot. It will probably be more like just over 90 minutes of episode once the Masterpiece intro and funder messages are attached, and WGBH (and possibly other stations) will simply cheat their schedules by 5 minutes or whatever for the program immediately following. Stations that don’t want to be running off by a few minutes will get some fluff to play to fill things out to fit a 120 minute slot instead.
Most people had never heard of the
Mona Lisa until it was stolen in 1911.
The painting was over 350 years old
before critics andscholars began to
recognize it as a masterpiece, and
even then, it was mostly unknown
outside of the art world. Source
Be your own muse and be your own masterpiece, make yourself entirely your own and make yourself proud of this body that captures the beauty of your soul. Like any masterpiece, let others interpret you, let others connect with you and be inspired by you. Just like even the greatest works have critics, you will as well, and just like the greats you will take it in your stride. You are beautiful. You are rare. You are a masterpiece.