In Birmingham just after the Great War trenches veteran Thomas Shelby leads his gang, the Peaky Blinders, so named as they carry lethal razors in their peaked caps, who make money from illegal betting and the black market. Thomas, by mistake, appropriates a consignment of guns which have been stolen from the local arms factory and hard-nosed Inspector Campbell arrives from Ireland, charged by war minister Winston Churchill to recover it. Thomas's aunt Polly urges him to return it but he sees the opportunity to use it to his advantage. Thomas also quarrels with his elder brother Arthur as Thomas has devised the 'powder trick', a means of fixing horse races and Arthur is nervous as Thomas has not involved Billy Kimber, who runs the race-courses and their rackets. Thomas's sister Ada is in love with Freddie Thorne, who saved her brother's life in the war, and is now a Marxist, encouraging workers to strike over a pay cut. As far as Campbell is concerned Freddie is as much the enemy - in ...
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Did You Know?
The soundtrack of the movie "Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" was used towards the end of the episode See more
In the opening scene on the train with Inspector Campbell, he's looking over Arthur Shelby's rap-sheet the year is 1919. Arthur is charged as a racketeer, and the term racketeer was first introduced in 1925, in the U.S. See more
Where are you? It bloody won! Monaghan Boy bloody won!
Yeah. It won. And word will spread. So the next time we do the powder trick, it wont be just the Garrison that'll bet on the horse, it'll be the whole of Small Heath. And you know what? The horse will win again. And the third time we do it, we'll have the whole of Birmingham betting on it. A 1000 quid bet on the magic horse. And that time, when we are ready, the horse will lose. Think about it.
Written and Performed by Nick Cave
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