Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
Airing Sunday, March 5, 2006 on PBS
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Aired previously October 2005
Was there ever such a brooding, handsome and strangely sexy Sherlock Holmes as this... ?
-- London Evening Standard
Compelling, brilliant, darkly original...
-- Sunday Times, London
November 1903. Fresh from an opium den in London's East End, Sherlock Holmes relaxes with green tea and a book on beekeeping, paying no heed to Dr. Watson's plea for help with a baffling case. The corpse of a shabbily dressed young woman has been discovered in the mud flats of the Thames at low tide. Police assume she's a prostitute, but Dr. Watson suspects something more and goes to his old friend Holmes, now retired and at very loose ends.
The original screenplay is by Allan Cubitt (Anna Karenina, Prime Suspect 2), who adapted the classic Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles for Masterpiece Theatre in 2003. This time Cubitt concocts his own tale of serial murder set in high society to challenge the wits of the celebrated brain of Baker Street.
Rupert Everett (Shrek 2, An Ideal Husband, My Best Friend's Wedding) stars as the sleuth who just can't say no to the case, with Ian Hart (Finding Neverland, Hound of the Baskervilles) as Dr. Watson. The cast also includes Helen McCrory (Lucky Jim, Anna Karenina) as American psychoanalyst Mrs. Vandeleur, Watson's fiancée and a budding detective herself, along with Neil Dudgeon (The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries) as Inspector Lestrade.
At 6 feet 4 inches, actor Rupert Everett is every inch the image of the literary Sherlock Holmes, whom Sir Arthur Conan Doyle placed at "rather over six feet." Conan Doyle's other qualifications for Holmes -- "sharp and piercing" eyes, "hawk-like nose," and a chin of "prominence and squareness which marked the man of determination" -- also check out in the suave and intensely brooding Everett.
"Every generation should be allowed to have a go at Sherlock," opines Simon Cellan Jones, director of this new take on the detective. "He's one of those eternal characters, like Hamlet or Lear, who can bear any number of interpretations."
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Sherlock Holmes: A Retrospective
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