For better or worse, the beloved British television series continues to air first in the U.K., traveling to fans in the USA months later for Masterpiece on PBS. That means that across the pond, the secret's out about Season 5, with the always-anticipated Christmas special broadcast just last week.
PBS insists on the schedule, yet even creator Julian Fellowes is tired of the time delay. "If it was left to me it would start on the same day. The world is a very small place now," says Fellowes. "The BBC and Sherlock demonstrated that it could be done. I feel it's testing our audience."