Dec 222010
 

 Mentioned in a couple of Tweets a while ago, the BBC series Sherlock uses “Hangzhou” numerals (a nearly-obsolete Chinese system of writing numbers) as a key plot point in the episode “The Blind Banker.” These are more properly called “Suzhou” numerals. You can read all about them, including about the naming issue, on Wikipedia.

Although I found the series enjoyable generally, it wasn’t particularly culturally sensitive to the Chinese in that episode.

“The Blind Banker” – Sherlock: Series 1 on iTunes
Sherlock: Series 1 on iTunes
Sherlock: Series 1 DVD on Amazon
Sherlock: Series 1 Blu-ray on Amazon

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