In the Premiere Episode of Season 35
, Masterpiece Theatre presents a new incarnation of an old fan favorite. When the body of a young girl is discovered, police assume she's a prostitute. However, the silk stocking wedged in her throat suggests otherwise. Sherlock Holmes deduces that the body is actually that of the missing debutante, Lady Alice Pentney. Oddly, she is dressed in shabby clothes, and her garments from the night she disappeared are gone. These later turn up on the body of another debutante, Lady Georgiana, who has been killed in the same manner. The game is afoot and Holmes begins searching for answers. Will Lady Georgiana's missing clothes appear on the next victim? And what about the shabby outfit discovered on Lady Alice? Did it belong to an as-yet-unknown first victim? "The first victim always tells the detective more than any other," says Holmes, who sends Dr. Watson to the graveyard to disinter a promising candidate. Meanwhile, Watson's fiancee, the American psychoanalyst Mrs. Vandeleur, steers Holmes to a plausible motive for the slayer. Armed with this psychological insight, Holmes baits a clever trap. But the killer outwits him and seizes yet another victim, who is doomed unless Holmes and Watson can track him to his lair.