Peaky Blinders Is A Razor Sharp British Period Crime Drama

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Peaky Blinders is a razor-sharp British period crime drama. Set during the Post-First World War era, this epic tale transports us back into the era of the 1900s in Birmingham City.

Steven Knight – the creator of this epic fictional drama has based its stories on real-life characters and true incidents. However, he has taken liberties with its time. This particular gangster existed in the Small Heath area of Birmingham in the late 19th century (the 1800s) and early 20th century (the 1900s) period. To be more precise, this real-life gang operated between 1890 and 1910 years in the said city area.


Synopsis [Official] of the Peaky Blinders (S1 to S6) Series

A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost.


Key Details about the Peaky Blinders (S1 to S6) Series

GenreHistory, Drama, Crime
Original languageEnglish (UK)
CreatorSteven Knight
SeasonsSix (6) Seasons in Total – Aired in the years – 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2022 (Final Season)
EpisodesSix (6) Episodes in Six (6) Seasons| Thirty-six (36) Episodes in Total
CastCillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, etc.
Networks BBC & Netflix
About – Peaky Blinders show

Spoilers Free brief review of the Peaky Blinders series

The introduction

It is a historical tale about a Shelby gangster family, his family and friends. These crime stories are set in the lawless streets of Birmingham city after the First World War period. This gang is led by an intense Thomas (Tommy) Shelby. He is a passionate crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. He, his family, and his friends run a notorious gang in Birmingham city of England.

What to expect in it?

In this series, you will the glimpses of the struggles of poverty-stricken people in the tough economic conditions of industrial England in the early twentieth century. During that period, there was widespread poverty in the cities of England. The rich-poor divide was only widening in the urban areas of Britain. So, these gang members came from the poorest sections of society. They were born and brought up in the slums of Small Heath in Birmingham.

Shelby family

This gang evolved out of the ruthless social and economic deprivations of the working class in England. This is the tale that touches upon the dark belly of the wealthiest nation in the world. That too during the Victorian era in England. It is a gripping and captivating saga about the notorious gangster family “Shelby” of Birmingham City in England.

The conclusion

We loved the whole package of this period crime drama. So, do not forget to watch this show, which has won many awards, the details are shared below.

Meanwhile, we have heard that a movie on this Peaky Blinders subject (just like the Luther series) is all set to be made. It will be released in the not-so-distant future. This tale of universally well-liked anti-hero Thomas Shelby will move on to the bigger screen, too. Most likely, Thomas shall carry on with the hope of getting some kind of peace and penance in his life dominated by crimes of all kinds. Therefore, it will be a good idea to get yourself acquainted with finely made awarded British drama.


Overall Ratings of the Peaky Blinders Series

FM’s rating4.45/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date93% Tomatometer & 93% Audience Score
Overall FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings of the Peaky Blinders show

Focus:- bonus information about this British Period Crime Drama

  1. Located in England’s West Midlands region, Birmingham is famously known as the home of heavy-metal music as well as the city of a thousand and one trades and bandages. The multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks in the city attest to the historical fact that it was a manufacturing powerhouse in the 18th century. In addition, it is also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf.
  2. In this series, the gand leader Thomas Shelby and his family often refer to their Roma (Romani Community) roots. Hence, they were often discriminated against and probably crime was the only way to move up on the socio-economic ladder in that historical era. To quote the National WWII Museum: “Roma (and Sinti) Community can be traced back to India, to the Punjab region. The Romani language (the source for the appellation “Roma”) is related to Sanskrit. More than a thousand years ago, they began to migrate out of India, heading westward in successive waves. They crossed the Middle East and arrived in continental Europe in the later Middle Ages.” Some of the famous personalities of Roma origins are Charlie Chaplin (his reference came up in this series), Pablo Picasso, Rita Hayworth, Elvis Presley, etc.

Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) Series

Poster

Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) – Poster.

Synopsis

Crime pays well. Business pays better.

Belfast detective Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) arrives in Birmingham assigned to purge the city of its violent street gangs.

Opening scene

The opening scene – Peaky Blinders (Season 1) – BBC | YouTube.

Brief Review

When we saw its first season, we were amazed by the kind of creative endeavours put up by the entire production team of this series to showcase the historical details of Birmingham City in the post-World War One period. No doubt, this series won awards for an incredible bit of cinematography (photography) to depict the bleak scenarios in a city/country (Birmingham/England) rebuilding in the aftermath of a major war.

Also, the costumes worn by the gangster and his family members are fashionable. The acting by the ensemble cast (especially Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, et al) is quite good, and it is backed by a captivating story.

So, like us, once you get the taste of this crime drama, you will find it addictive and you might get hooked. It is unlike any other crime drama that we have seen recently in the past.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.40/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date:88% Tomatometer & 95% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesThis show moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that’s as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S1) series.

The reason (the ideas of this series) came to me was that my parents grew up in Birmingham in the ’20s. My mum, when she was 9 years old, was a bookie’s runner; they used to use kids to take bets because it was all illegal. My dad’s uncle was part of this gang. It was reluctantly delivered, but my family did give me little snapshots, of gypsies and horses and gang fights and guns, and immaculate suits (and so on…)
One of the first stories that inspired me was of my dad when he was a little kid, sent to deliver a message. There was a table, covered in money and guns, surrounded by blokes, beautifully dressed, drinking beer from jam jars. You didn’t buy glasses. You only spent money on clothes.

Steven Knight | about the idea of this series

Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) Series

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Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) – poster.

Synopsis

Time to make some real money.

The 1920s begin to roar, and business is booming as crime boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) expands his operations — and heads into perilous territory.

The promo

Promo – Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) – BBC | YouTube.

Brief Review

The second season of this series took its tales of crimes to London city and even got close to the power elites. With the expansion of criminal activities by this gang, the gangster family started to reap the handsome rewards with lots of inflow of fresh money and wealth. But as the crime story usually goes, money also leads people towards vices, indulgence, debauchery and the wrong paths.

Then there are a few other developments, including the fact that the number of their enemies only increased, who wanted to take down the Shelby family. It is another engaging season, that continues to hold our attention. Lest we forget, this series also boasts good-quality music and its theme song, Red Right Hand, was written by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.45/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date100% Tomatometer & 97% Audience Score
Ellen E Jones / Rotten TomatoesNo, the show-off soundtrack, the roving accents, and the clunky exposition haven’t changed, but this show can now boast several more big-name actors to supplement the sterling work of Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S2) series.

This was about love, good and bad and twisted out of recognition…This was when Peaky hit its stride because it became about people who are truly victims of their own wild and unknown destiny rather than their own decisions or their own history. We all want to be in that position I think.

Steven Knight | about the season 2 of this series

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) Series

Poster

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) – poster.

Synopsis

You can choose what you do, but you can’t choose what you want.

It’s now 1924, two years after the Epsom Derby. Publicly, Tommy (Cillian Murphy) runs the horse tracks and sells cars. Secretly, he’s working for Winston Churchill.

Launch Trailer

Trailer – Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) – BBC | YouTube.

Brief Review

The legitimate and illegitimate businesses of this gang continue to expand their areas of operations, even reaching the shores of good old America across the ocean. On the other hand, Thomas Shelby (superbly played by Cillian Murphy) got involved in the deadly world of conspiracy, which involved high-stakes players like aristocratic Russians and the secretive organization named the Economic League.

It led to almost catastrophic consequences for the gang members, as they counted their losses. With each season, this series loses its grip on its paths and final destinations.

Once again, for us, this season was intriguing to watch.

This crime show is fascinating, indeed.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.50/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date100% Tomatometer & 94% Audience Score
Kevin Yeoman / Rotten TomatoesOne thing this show does well is to keep several pots simmering… season 3 has done a remarkable job getting all those posts arranged and steaming away, while still giving the series and its characters a welcome sense of progression.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S3) series.

“This was about loss and carrying on when there is nothing to live for.”

Steven Knight | about the season 3 of this series

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) Series

Poster

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) – poster.

Synopsis

I’m not a traitor to my class. I’m just an extreme example of what a working man can achieve.

One year after a rift divides the Shelbys, they become targets of a Mafia vendetta, forcing the family to reunite and seek help from a shady new ally.


Trailer

Trailer – Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) – BBC | Youtube.

Brief Review

Thomas Shelby received the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE), grew in social stature and claimed the class ladder when season four opened in the winter of 1925. But then he discovered the serious life threats against his estranged Shelby family and close blood relatives by the world of the powerful criminal Mafia. So, the Shelby Family fled for their dear lives and headed back to the only place where they could feel safe and fight back – the Small Heath in Birmingham.

With lurking danger in every corner and the proverbial cat-and-mouse game afoot, this was probably the best season of the series for us.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.55/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date89% Tomatometer & 95% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesThis show’s confident fourth season doubles down on the violent delights without losing the meticulous detailing that made the show so appealing in the first place.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S4) series.

This was about overcoming death. Or the fear of death… The freedom you get when no consequence scares you.

Steven Knight | about the season 4 of this series

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) Series

Poster

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) – poster

Synopsis

Sometimes, death is a kindness.

As the Shelbys grapple with the 1929 stock market crash, Tommy (Cillian Murphy) confronts new threats to his power from younger family members and fascist rivals.

Trailer

Trailer – Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) – BBC | Youtube.

Brief Review

The historical Wall Street Crash of 1929 dealt a crippling blow to the expanding businesses of the Peakys. Meanwhile, the personal stocks of Thomas Shelby continued to rise, as he became a respectable Member of Parliament (M.P.) in England. What an unbelievable journey it had been for Thomas Shelby, the clan leader of the gang, the criminal gangster.

But as you all can guess, the dangerous crash and setbacks were not very far away to drown the newly rising stocks of Thomas Shelby and his loving family. Besides, the rise of Fascism in the different countries of the world also infected the political system of England, including Thomas Shelby MP.

This fictional tale took a closer look at the idea of Fascism and how its growth and influence were challenged by the Shelby family in England.

It was one more gripping season of historical crime drama, which entered into the dangerous world of politics.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.45/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date86% Tomatometer & 89% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesWhile this show’s fifth season suffers somewhat from superficial characterization, it remains one of TV’s most visually thrilling endeavours.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S5) series.

I wanted to suggest for the first time that Tommy might even believe he has a chance at redemption, and that redemption might even mean something to him. He also finds that he loves his wife and that his children are a reason to go on living. Welcome, Tommy, to the fringes of the human race.

Steven Knight | about the season 5 of this series

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) Series

Poster

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) – poster.

Synopsis

The Shelbys suffer a crushing loss. Four years later, Prohibition’s end turns Tommy (Cillian Murphy) toward the opium trade, forcing him to ally with his worst enemies.


Trailer

Official trailer – Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) – BBC | YouTube.

Brief Review

In this historical saga, Thomas Shelby sniffed a business opportunity with the sight of the imminent end of prohibition in America. On the other hand in the political arena, Fascism continued to rise in the world, despite facing some hiccups along the way. So, the finale of this series sneaked onto us, and as it ended many of us mourned the loss of some of the most loved characters, including Polly Gray (stylishly played by Helen McCrory, sadly the world lost her in real life too, #RIP), which was sad indeed.

Thankfully, as the series ended, Thomas Shelby lived and rode on a white horse. Maybe the changing of it colour of the horse from the first scene (Black – check the video scene shared below) to the last scene (White in the picture) means that he had changed his ways and moved towards a new phase of life.

Peaky Blinder (A Scene from the Final Episode ) | IG.

Ratings

FM’s rating4.35/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date100% Tomatometer & 90% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesThis show’s sixth season gracefully addresses the untimely passing of star Helen McCrory while setting the stage for a fitting climax to this epic saga of likeable scalawags.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S6) series.

Awards won by the Peaky Blinders Series

Names of the AwardsWinners of the Awards
Bafta TV Craft – 2014Otto Bathurst – Winner – BAFTA Television Craft Award – Director – Fiction
George Steel – Winner – BAFTA Television Craft Award – Photography and Lighting
Royal Television Society, UK – 2014Winner RTS Television Award – Drama Series
Stephanie Collie (costume designer) – Winner – RTS Craft & Design Award – Best Costume Design: Drama
British Screenwriters’ Awards – 2016Steven Knight – Winner – British Screenwriters’ Award – Best British TV Drama Writing
Irish Film and Television Awards – 2017Cillian Murphy (actor) – Winner IFTA Award – Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama
BAFTA Awards – 2018Winner BAFTA TV Award – Best Drama Series
TV Choice Awards UK – 2018Cillian Murphy – Winner – TV Choice Award – Best Actor
Winner TV Choice Award – Best Drama Series
Irish Film and Television Awards – 2018Cillian Murphy – Winner IFTA Award – Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama
Winner IFTA Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama – Charlie Murphy
National Television Awards, UK – 2020Winner – National Television Award – Best Drama
Cillian Murphy – Winner – National Television Award – Best Drama Performance
TV Choice Awards UK – 2020Winner TV Choice Award – Best Drama Series
Bafta TV Craft – 2020Laura Schiavo – Winner – BAFTA Television Craft Award – Makeup & Hair Design
TV Choice Awards UK – 2022Cillian Murphy – Winner – TV Choice Award – Best Actor
Awards – Peaky Blinders Shows

FM article: Rogue Heroes – another series created by Steven Knight.

Featured & Other Images: Peaky Blinders | BBC, Netflix & Instagram.


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