Peaky Blinders (2013– )
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Episode #2.6 

As Derby day arrives, Tommy is faced with impossible decisions as he prepares to strike back at his enemies and take the family business to the next level.

Director:

Colm McCarthy

Writers:

Steven Knight (created by), Steven Knight
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... Thomas Shelby
Charlotte Riley ... May Carleton
Joe Cole ... John Shelby
Harry Kirton ... Finn Shelby
Paul Anderson ... Arthur Shelby
Helen McCrory ... Polly Gray
James Richard Marshall ... Field Marshal Russell
Sophie Rundle ... Ada Shelby
Sam Neill ... Major Chester Campbell
Josh O'Connor ... James
Paul McEwan ... Governor
Adam El Hagar ... Ollie
Tom Hardy ... Alfie Solomons
Packy Lee ... Johnny Dogs
Finn Cole ... Michael Gray
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Thomas cons Solomons into giving a share of his export business as well as getting the murder charge against Arthur withdrawn, freeing his brother As Derby day arrives he writes a letter to be opened in the event of his death - stating that Campbell has forced him to kill Field Marshal Russell, so that the culprits appear to be the IRA, undermining Home Rule. With his gypsy allies he plans to take over Sabini's race track licences, explaining that he will be creating a diversion to distract the police. At Epsom he bids a cryptic goodbye to May though somewhat incongruously Grace arrives, pregnant by and claiming to love him. Helped by his secretary, ex-prostitute Lizzie, Thomas kills Russell whilst the Blinders destroy Sabini's gaming licences in the knowledge that, thanks to May, they will revert to Shelby. Polly gets her revenge on Campbell but Thomas is abducted by members of the Ulster Voluntary Force on Campbell's orders and taken away to be shot. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The 1922 Investec Derby, held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, took place on June 3rd. The race was won by James Buchanan, 1st Baron Woolavington's horse, Captain Cuttle, and jockey Steve Donoghue, with a time of 2:34.6 - which, at the time, was the third fastest win time since they had started recording that information in 1846. See more »

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At the Derby the crowd sings the National Anthem, but the lyrics heard are "God Save the Queen". In 1922, George V was on the throne, so the crowd would have been singing "God Save the King". See more »

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One For The Road
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Performed by Arctic Monkeys
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No fuss about Churchill? Extraordinary.
9 November 2014 | by greenf74See all my reviews

The second series of "Peaky Blinders" has also attracted attention and approbation, but there's been little fuss about the most obviously controversial aspect of the show, its characterisation of Winston Churchill. The future hero of 1940 is shown as a ruthless conniver who does not hesitate to plot the murder of a British subject or to use a gangster to do the deed, the subsequent betrayal of the latter being taken for granted. It seems quite astounding that the entire Tory Party has not been up in arms at this outrageous suggestion, not to mention the many other Churchill admirers to be found outside its ranks. Taking "Peaky Blinders" simply as a fiction, it's certainly been gripping in Season Two, the influences of Leone, Coppola and Scorsese remaining strong. Cunningly, Steven Knight has given us a second Michael Corleone figure to make Tommy Shelby seem less derivative of the Pacino prototype - Polly's son (actually called Michael) has joined the family business and, at season's end, seems set to grow in importance. But Season Two has been unsatisfactory, with Grace Burgess returning in mid-series as a barely recognisable travesty of the strong character seen in Season One and the ferocious puritan Campbell becoming a kind of demon-figure with several of the attributes of a Victorian melodrama baddie. The actors do their very best (Sam Neill is again riveting), but the characters have become - handily - a lot less complex. It's indicative of a decline that there have been references to movies a lot less distinguished than the Coppola and Leone epics - "Scarface", "Villain", "Marathon Man" and even - with Arthur's cry of "We're the kings of the world!" - "Titanic". A falling-off, indeed.


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