Masterpiece Theatre

Season 35 Episode 1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2005 on PBS
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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
Watson persuades Sherlock Holmes to come out of retirement to hunt a serial killer. The pattern is that the murderer kills young ladies by gagging them with one of their stockings and then strangling them with the other.

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  • Not an adaptation of Conan Doyle, but a newly-invented Sherlock Holmes story - a follow-up to the BBC's version of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles", but with a new Sherlock Holmes.moreless

    Allan Cubitt, having made such a spectacular mess of adapting "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" for the BBC in 2002, now presents a Holmes story of his own devising, one which makes us wonder if he has ever, in fact, read anything at all by Conan Doyle. We have the same Watson as before (excellent Ian Hart), but, luckily, the dreadful Richard Roxburgh has been replaced as Holmes by a good actor, Rupert Everett. In something else, Everett might have made an outstanding impression, but this script is a feebly-plotted, tiresome thing, with Watson about to marry a new wife (unmentioned in the stories), a cigarette-puffing American feminist who even calls Holmes "Sherlock"! Playing her, Helen McCrory shows admirable spirit but, like the other two, has little to work with. Similarly, Neil Dudgeon might have made a fine Inspector Lestrade if only Cubitt's script hadn't incomprehensibly made him a thuggish brute who beats up suspects in the cells.moreless
Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett

Sherlock Holmes

Guest Star

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Charles Allen

Guest Star

Neil Dudgeon

Neil Dudgeon

Inspector Lestrade

Guest Star

Ian Hart

Ian Hart

Dr. John Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the second time that Ian Hart played Dr. Watson on Masterpiece Theatre. He previously played Watson opposite Richard Roxburgh's Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Holmes: If you're looking for material for your latest sensational chronicles, then I suggest your usual practice: make it up!
      Watson: I'm not looking for material, Holmes, I'm trying to prevent a dear friend from killing himself with narcotics and boredom.

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