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Peaky Blinders 

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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Cillian Murphy ...  Thomas Shelby 31 episodes, 2013-2019
Paul Anderson ...  Arthur Shelby 31 episodes, 2013-2019
Helen McCrory ...  Aunt Polly / ... 31 episodes, 2013-2019
Sophie Rundle ...  Ada Shelby 31 episodes, 2013-2019
Ned Dennehy ...  Charlie Strong 25 episodes, 2013-2019
Finn Cole ...  Michael Gray 24 episodes, 2014-2019
Ian Peck ...  Curly 23 episodes, 2013-2019
Harry Kirton ...  Finn Shelby 21 episodes, 2014-2019
Packy Lee ...  Johnny Dogs 20 episodes, 2013-2019
Joe Cole ...  John Shelby 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Natasha O'Keeffe ...  Lizzie Stark / ... 20 episodes, 2013-2019
Annabelle Wallis ...  Grace Burgess / ... 19 episodes, 2013-2019
Kate Phillips ...  Linda Shelby 15 episodes, 2016-2019
Tony Pitts ...  Sergeant Moss / ... 15 episodes, 2013-2017
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ...  Esme Shelby 14 episodes, 2013-2017
Jordan Bolger ...  Isiah / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2017
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Peaky Blinders is an English television crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. The series, which was created by Steven Knight and produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions, Screen Yorkshire and Tiger Aspect Productions, follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family. Screen Yorkshire provided funding for the production through the Yorkshire Content Fund. It was the first production to receive funding from the Yorkshire Content Fund, which in turn made certain the majority of the show was filmed in Yorkshire as part of the deal. Written by ahmetkozan

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The streets are theirs. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Italian | Yiddish | English | Romanian | Irish

Release Date:

30 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley are new to series 2, Riley being a love interest of Thomas Shelby, Hardy and Riley have been married since 2014. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
various characters: [quoting the poem/hymn by Christina Rossetti] "In the Bleak Midwinter..."
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Referenced in Thatcher Joe Vlogs: A Big Surprise For My Grandad! (2017) See more »

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Red Right Hand
Written by Nick Cave (uncredited), Mick Harvey (uncredited), and Thomas Wydler
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
[Opening Title Theme]
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Peaky Blinders Is TV History In The Making

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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