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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 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Paul Anderson ...  Arthur Shelby 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Helen McCrory ...  Aunt Polly / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Sophie Rundle ...  Ada Shelby 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Ned Dennehy ...  Charlie Strong 21 episodes, 2013-2017
Joe Cole ...  John Shelby 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Ian Peck ...  Curly 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Finn Cole ...  Michael Gray 17 episodes, 2014-2017
Harry Kirton ...  Finn Shelby 16 episodes, 2014-2017
Packy Lee Packy Lee ...  Johnny Dogs 15 episodes, 2013-2017
Natasha O'Keeffe ...  Lizzie Stark / ... 15 episodes, 2013-2017
Tony Pitts ...  Sergeant Moss / ... 15 episodes, 2013-2017
Annabelle Wallis ...  Grace Burgess / ... 14 episodes, 2013-2016
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ...  Esme Shelby / ... 14 episodes, 2013-2017
Jordan Bolger ...  Isiah / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2017
Sam Neill ...  Inspector Chester Campbell / ... 12 episodes, 2013-2014
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ...  Policeman / ... 12 episodes, 2013-2014
Kate Phillips ...  Linda Shelby 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Tom Hardy ...  Alfie Solomons 10 episodes, 2014-2017
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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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Crime | Drama

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UK

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English | Romanian | Irish

Release Date:

30 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birmingemska banda See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

David Bowie was a huge fan of the show and gave permission for music from his final album to be featured in Series 3. Steven Knight, the shows creator, learned of Bowie's interest after the singer sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to lead actor Cillian Murphy. Knight revealed: "I got in touch with his people, who came back straight away and said he was a big, big fan." Bowie later sent a representative from his label to provide an early hearing of his final album Blackstar a week before its existence was made public. "And then on the following Tuesday we heard that he'd passed away. It seems that his people were keen to establish that we could use it before he died." 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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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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