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Masterpiece Theatre; Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Silk Stocking


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Masterpiece Theatre
Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Silk Stocking
Series Description

Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

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 (Rupert Everett) detects an error and concludes that the body is, in fact, that of the missing debutante Lady Alice Pentney. Oddly, she is dressed in shabby clothes, and the garments she was wearing the night of her disappearance are gone. These later turn up on the body of another debutante, Lady Georgiana, who has been killed in the same manner. Will her 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 (Ian Hart) to the graveyard to disinter a promising candidate. Meanwhile, Watson's fiancee, the American psychoanalyst Mrs. Vandeleur (Helen McCrory), 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.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Silk Stocking,” 10/20/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 28, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B88B546499E64411BB4216A38A72BA79.
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