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Masterpiece: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Masterpiece Theatre

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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 35x1
Production Number: 3508
Airdate: Sunday October 23rd, 2005
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

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Guest Stars
Christine Kavanagh
As Lady Helhoughton
Ian Hart
As Dr John Watson
Julian Wadham
As Hugo Massingham
Nicholas Palliser
As Dr Dunwoody
Andrew Wisher
As Constable
Anne Carroll (2)
As Mrs Hudson
Anthony Cozens
As Young Police Constable
Eleanor David (1)
As Mary Pentney
Gina Beck
As Maid
Guy Henry
As Bilney
Helen McCrory
As Mrs Vandeleur
Jennifer Moule
As Georgina Massingham
Jonathan Emmett
As Policeman
Jonathan Hyde
As George Pentney
Max Harvey
As Master of Ceremonies
Michael Fassbender
As Charles Allen
Neil Dudgeon
As Lestrade
Penny Downie
As Judith Massingham
Perdita Weeks
As Roberta Massingham
Rachel Hurd-Wood
As Imogen Helhoughton
Roger Monk
As Workman
Rupert Everett
As Sherlock Holmes
Stewart Bevan
As Proprietor
Tamsin Egerton
As Miranda Helhoughton
Warning: Masterpiece season 35 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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