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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

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 Thomas Shelby (18 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Arthur Shelby (18 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 John Shelby (18 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Aunt Polly / ... (18 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Ada Shelby (18 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Charlie Strong (17 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Curly (16 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Grace Burgess / ... (14 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sergeant Moss / ... (13 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Inspector Chester Campbell / ... (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Esme Shelby / ... (12 episodes, 2013-2016)
Eric Campbell ...
 Policeman / ... (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Michael Gray (11 episodes, 2014-2016)
Harry Kirton ...
 Finn Shelby (11 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Johnny Dogs (10 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Lizzie Stark / ... (9 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Henry (9 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Nipper (9 episodes, 2013-2014)
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 Isiah / ... (8 episodes, 2014-2016)
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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

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Yes. Birmingham is known as the city of a thousand and one trades. Bandages also. It is also home to the factory which made the whistles used on the battlefields of the First World War which the character Thomas Shelby returned from in the first episode of series one. Also the factory Thomas Hudson, which is still going strong today made the whistles used on the titanic. See more »

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Winston Churchill was Home Secretary 1910-1911, not after World War I when the series is set. See more »

Quotes

Grace Burgess: You think I am a whore?
Tommy Shelby: Everyone's a whore, Grace. We just sell different parts of ourselves.
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Referenced in You're the Worst: Other Things You Could Be Doing (2015) See more »

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Peaky Blinders is one of the most unique British dramas ever made. I would even go as far as to say TV history in the making. Negative critics of the show seem to have overlooked the fact that this is the first time ever that this side of British gangster-lore has been documented. Off hand, the only thing that comes close to this style of gangland depiction is the first half of Once Upon A Time in America, were we see the heroes struggling to escape the deprivation of ghetto life. This is where Peaky Blinders stands out from the typical run-of- the-mill crime show. There is nothing glamorous about being a gangster in this world. As far from LA Confidential glitz as you can get, the viewer is forced to get down and dirty in the horseshite-ridden streets of post WW1, working-class Birmingham.

The attention to detail, the costumes, the sets, particularly the Lee family dwellings, have all been created to the highest standard. As is the quality of acting, which is undeniably as good as you'll find in any prime-time British drama.

Even though people on this particular forum have not had much positive feedback about the series, believe me, the connoisseurs of this genre have been very impressed thus far. Furthermore, the show seems to be building up to climatic ending rather than simply documenting a day in the life of a Peaky Blinder. The more observant viewers will see subtle 'tie-ins' between each situation and be able to follow the flow of events without obvious prediction. This is what the drama audience thrives on to stimulate analytical debate after each episode.

If it doesn't get rave reviews, I will be disappointed but not surprised, as Peaky Blinders has all the makings of an artistic and timeless cult series, possibly appealing more to purists and true fans of the cult/gangster genre. Well done BBC.


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