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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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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 ...  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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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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

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English | Romanian | Irish

Release Date:

30 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Despite the shows claims, the Peaky Blinders were strongest in the 1890s. By the 1920s the predominant gang in Birmingham was 'The Birmingham Gang' which had its roots from the pre-war 'Brummagem Boys' gang. See more »

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In Episode #1.6, Polly told Ada that her daughter was 3 years old and her son was 5 when they were taken away, and in episode #2.1 she said her daughter was turning 18, but then in episode #2.3 her son Michael said he was only 17. See more »

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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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A blinder of a show
25 September 2013 | by prettyknitty-290-377777See all my reviews

As a born and bred Brummy with a mild interest in our history, I'm really pleased with this series. Firstly that we're not being overlooked for London, Manchester or Liverpool, and we're being allowed our own history, which is interesting and colourful.

At first glance the downstairs of the Shelby house looks too big to be the ground floor of a terrace, and people seem to be using their front doors far too often which, since there seems to be a significant amount of 'respect' being shown and rules being followed, it irks me that this protocol's being ignored. That said, it does look better to have the character using the front door.

My other issue is accents. In fairness, for the most part people are doing an amazing job - most real Brummy accents do not sound like the caricature most people think of, and this is being respected by the actors with only the occasional slip... except for Aunt Polly. Helen McCrory is a fine actress - a mistress of the Brummy accent she isn't. Her performance is making up for it however.

The Jamaiacan preacher amused me; as pointed out by another reviewer this actor is Benjamin Zephaniah: B'ham local and poet. Jamaica did send help over for WWI, so it's not impossible that several men stayed. He is a wonderful reminder that Birmingham has always been a hub for migration - even more so after WWII.

Sam Neill's performance is amazing.

So far the series is not just telling an interesting story, it's telling elements of Brummagem's history and present in a subtle and interesting way. I hope it continues.


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