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article imageSherlock season 3 gets US air date, UK still waiting

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 25, 2013 in Entertainment
Season 3 of Sherlock has finally received a US start date by PBS but British viewers are still being kept waiting for news of the show’s return in the UK.
Entertainment Weekly reports that PBS will start showing the third season from 19 January, it has been announced. However, the BBC has yet to confirm when it will return to British screens.
Picking up on the obvious frustration of British fans, Mark Gatiss – Sherlock ’s co-creator and the writer of episode 1 of the new run – tweeted, "You may have noticed there's a US airdate for #Sherlock but we DO NOT have one yet for the UK. I don't know how much plainer I can be."
Season 2 ended with the mystery of how Sherlock Holmes managed to survive his fatal fall from the rooftop of St Bartholomew's Hospital. Given the amount of speculation, theories and counter-theories that the episode has generated over the intervening months, the BBC, presumably, will want the resolution to receive the greatest impact – and that won’t be achieved by one major territory getting to see the episode before another.
Indeed, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue said earlier this week, "We are hugely excited about this next series ... and have worked closely with our partners, Masterpiece and PBS, to bring these episodes to US audiences in January. We promise our fans that season three is worth waiting for."
And, according to Digital Spy, the BBC, as the main funder of the series, has "first window" rights to broadcast season 3.
British viewers, therefore, can reasonably expect a transmission time and date very close to that of the American one.
Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson and Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes. Season 2 was dominated by Holmes’s arch-nemesis, Jim Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott. For season 3, his new nemesis will be Charles Augustus Magnussen, played by Lars Mikkelsen (Forbrydelsen).
Sherlock is a Hartswood Films production for the BBC and is executive-produced by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss (An Adventure in Space and Time) and Beryl Vertue.
As with the first two seasons, season 3 is made up of three 90-minute films: The Empty Hearse by Mark Gatiss, The Sign of Threeby Stephen Thompson and His Last Vow by Steven Moffat.
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