When David Cameron opened a Weibo account to interact with China’s netizens after his visit to the country in December, several of them took to the platform with one grand request: a speedy release of Sherlock‘s third season.
In an online response to netizens’ requests before the show’s season premiere, he said there was ‘nothing he could do’ to push the release forward, but we all knew better.
Wednesday night’s first installment of the new series was the most-watched episode ever in the UK. It was launched on Youku, China’s version of Youtube, two hours after its TV debut and received nearly three million hits overnight.
Despite his humble denial of influence, Chinese fans have reached out on Weibo to thank Cameron for the return of Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock’s leading star and China’s ‘gay erotic god‘, BBC reports.
“I tore myself away from bed early this morning just to watch 90 minutes of my Curly Fu and Peanut,” said one online comment. “The gay-citement has finally returned. PS: Thank you, Prime Minister Cameron, for visiting China.”
“Curly Fu” and “Peanut” are the names given to Sherlock and his sidekick Dr. Watson by China’s avid fans, BBC explains, because they sound similar the Chinese pronunciation of their names.
“The human race cannot stop the invasion of Curly Fu,” one online commenter said.
To satiate Chinese viewers’ demand for the show, the BBC has also announced that new episodes of Sherlock will be available to China’s mainland residents before anyone outside Britain.
[Screen-cap via @George_Chen]