Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England in 1919, just after the First World War. The story centres on the historic Peaky Blinders gang, who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps (hence the title), and their ambitious and highly dangerous boss Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy). The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (played by Sam Neill), a detective in the Royal Irish Constabulary sent over from Belfast (where he’d been sent to clean up the city of the IRA, gangs, and common criminals). Winston Churchill (played by Andy Nyman) charged him with suppressing fomenting disorder and uprising in Birmingham and recovering a stolen cache of arms meant to be shipped to Libya.
I don’t know many BBC dramas, but after recently having watched it on Netflix I can confirm that it is very intelligent, stylish and engrossing.
The series is very authentic. It was filmed in Birmingham, Bradford, Dudley, Leeds, and Liverpool. Railway sequences were filmed between Keighley and Damems, using carriages from the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel and carriages owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.
On 24 September 2014, it was announced that Netflix had acquired exclusive US distribution rights from the Weinstein Company and Endemol. The entirety of season 1 became available for streaming on 30 September 2014; season 2 will launch in November.
The second series is set two years after the first and sees „the Shelby family expand their empire South and North while maintaining a stronghold in their Birmingham heartland“.
Looking very much forward to season 2 launch!