Sherlock (2010– )
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The Blind Banker 

Mysterious symbols and murders are showing up all over London, leading Sherlock and John to a secret Chinese crime syndicate called Black Lotus.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Percival ...
Eddie Van Coon (as Dan Percival)
Paul Chequer ...
Howard Coggins ...
Janice Acquah ...
Jack Bence ...


Banker Eddie Van Coon and reporter Brian Lukis are both shot dead in identical slayings, in rooms locked from the inside. Chinese museum employee Soo Lin tells Sherlock Holmes that, as a teenaged orphan in China, she ran drugs for the Black Lotus crime syndicate, for whom the two dead men also worked. She too is then murdered, the killer being a human fly who can scale buildings. The gang mistake Watson for Holmes and capture him and his new girl-friend, requiring Holmes to come to the rescue. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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31 October 2010 (USA)  »

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The concept of the coded cipher comes from the Sherlock Holmes novel "The Valley of Fear," but the plot, though it slightly resembles that novel's, also bears similarities to other Holmes stories, including "The Sign of Four." The cypher and the heel tattoos also match the key elements of "The Five Orange Pips." See more »


When the main criminal of the episode is holding what appears to be a Walther PPK or a similar type pistol, Sherlock states that "That's a semi-automatic, if you fire it, the bullet will travel at over a thousand meters per second.", stating that the bullet might ricochet off the tunnel walls that surrounded them. This would be 3,280.84 feet per second, which would basically be the same velocity as an M16 assault rifle. A PPK fires at an average of 1000 FPS. It is possible Sherlock meant feet per second and not meters, but he says meters. See more »


[first lines]
Soo Lin Yao: The great artisans say, the more the teapot is used, the more beautiful it becomes.
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References Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998) See more »


Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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24 June 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes, assisted by Dr Watson, is hired by a large bank to investigate the vandalism of an artwork on the bank's premises. Someone managed to get into the bank and paint a symbol on the painting. Holmes works out that it was a message, and who the message was for. However, when he finds the person, he is dead, shot. To the police it is suicide, as nobody could have gotten into his apartment, it seems, but Holmes is convinced that he was murdered Just then a journalist turns up murdered in their apartment, and Holmes thinks the two crimes are connected. Through tracking the journalist's movements, Holmes discovers the connection - they both were presented with ancient Chinese symbols, sent as a warning. The key to the case lies with a Chinese woman, working at the museum.

Intriguing, dark and tension-filled. A good mystery that moves at a decent pace. Some decent action sequences too, some humour and even a bit of romance. Something for everybody.

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