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When Sherlock originally aired in the United States as part of PBS's Masterpiece, each episode was edited down to an hour, from the original 80-90 minute length. Will series 3 be similarly edited? Or will PBS air each full-length episode?

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"each episode was edited down to an hour" - What, really? Who on earth would do that? –  Sonny Burnett Jan 6 at 21:19
    
I hope not! I am encouraged by the fact that my local PBS station has allotted 2 hours for the first episode on January 19th: pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/episode/… Note that the episode is listed as being 120 minutes. Now, not saying they couldn't edit it down to an hour and then stuff it full of promos (God, I hope it's not pledge drive season), but I am holding out hope. –  PaulStock Jan 6 at 21:24
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@ChristianRau I believe there is a bill working its way in Congress making it illegal to edit Sherlock episodes, but it hasn't passed yet. –  splattered bits Jan 6 at 21:34
    
@splatteredbits are you serious? –  Dredd Jan 6 at 21:54
    
Holy shit. Are you saying the constitution doesn't protect you against the desecration of art? –  matt_black Jan 6 at 22:18

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I watched the shows on the PBS broadcast. Each Masterpiece episode was allotted 2 hours - 90 minutes of that episode of Sherlock, followed by a 30 minute "Behind the scenes" type show about the episode that just aired.

So to your questions:

No, the episodes were not edited, and

Yes, PBS aired each full-length episode.

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I can confirm this is what happened. –  splattered bits Feb 18 at 22:19

I just finished watching all three episodes on the www.pbs.org web site. All three episodes were approximately 90 minutes each.

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