Peaky Blinders (S1 to S6): Razor Sharp British Period Drama

Peaky Blinders is a razor-sharp British period crime drama epic that transports you back in time and place – into the era of the 1900s in Birmingham city. It is set in Britain during the post-First World War era.

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 period. It is worth noting that this particular gangster actually 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.


Peaky Blinders series:- details

GenreHistory, Drama, Crime
CreatorSteven Knight
Seasons
&
Episodes
Season 1 (2013) – Six (6) Episodes
Season 2 (2014) – Six (6) Episodes
Season 3 (2016) – Six (6) Episodes
Season 4 (2017) – Six (6) Episodes
Season 5 (2019) – Six (6) Episodes
Season 6 (2022) – Six (6) Episodes (Final Season)
Total Episodes = Thirty-Six (36) & Total Seasons = Six (6)
CastCillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Natasha O’Keeffe, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, etc.
AwardsBafta TV Craft – 2014 Winner BAFTA Television Craft Award – Director – Fiction – Otto Bathurst
Bafta TV Craft – 2014 Winner BAFTA Television Craft Award – Photography and Lighting – George Steel
Royal Television Society, UK – 2014 Winner RTS Television Award – Drama Series
Royal Television Society, UK – 2014 Winner RTS Craft & Design Award – Best Costume Design: Drama – Stephanie Collie (costume designer)
British Screenwriters’ Awards – 2016 Winner British Screenwriters’ Award – Best British TV Drama Writing – Steven Knight
Irish Film and Television Awards – 2017 Winner IFTA Award – Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama – Cillian Murphy (actor)
BAFTA Awards – 2018 Winner BAFTA TV Award – Best Drama Series
TV Choice Awards UK – 2018 Winner TV Choice Award – Best Drama Series
TV Choice Awards UK – 2018 Winner TV Choice Award – Best Actor – Cillian Murphy
Irish Film and Television Awards – 2018 Winner IFTA Award – Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama – Cillian Murphy
Irish Film and Television Awards – 2018 Winner IFTA Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama – Charlie Murphy
National Television Awards, UK – 2020 Winner National Television Award – Best Drama
National Television Awards, UK – 2020 Winner National Television Award – Best Drama Performance – Cillian Murphy
TV Choice Awards UK – 2020 Winner TV Choice Award – Best Drama Series
Bafta TV Craft – 2020 Winner BAFTA Television Craft Award – Makeup & Hair Design – Laura Schiavo
TV Choice Awards UK – 2022 Winner TV Choice Award – Best Actor – Cillian Murphy
About – Peaky Blinders series.

Peaky Blinders series:- {Spoilers Free} brief review

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 post the First World War period. This gang is led by an intense Thomas (Tommy) Shelby, 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.

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. 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, born and brought up in the slums of Small Heath in Birmingham.

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 during the Victorian era in England. It is a gripping and captivating saga about the notorious gangster family “Shelby” of Birmingham City in England.

A Peaky Blinders movie is all set to be made and released in the future, so the tales of universally well-liked anti-hero Thomas Shelby will carry on with the hope of getting some kind of peace and penance.


Peaky Blinders series:- overall ratings

FM’s rating4.45/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.80/10
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date93% Tomatometer & 93% Audience Score
Overall FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders.

Peaky Blinders series:- bonus info.

  • 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.
  • In this series, the gand leader Thomas Shelby and his family often refer to their Roma Gypsies 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) Gypsies 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 Gypsy 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.

Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) series:- the opening scene

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

Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) series:- review

When I saw its first season, I was 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 grim and bleak scenarios in a city/country (Birmingham/England) rebuilding in the aftermath of a major war.

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

Also, the costumes worn by the gangster and his family members are stylish and 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 I have seen recently in the past.


Peaky Blinders (S1/2013) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.40/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.45/10
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, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S1) series.

Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) series:- poster

Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) – poster.

Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) series:- promo

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

Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) series:- 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.

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

It is another engaging season, that continues to hold our attention. Lest I forget, this series also boasts good-quality music and its theme song, Red Right Hand, was written by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.


Peaky Blinders (S2/2014) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.45/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.63/10
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, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S2) series.

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) series:- poster

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) – poster.

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) series:- trailer

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

Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) series:- 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.

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

Steven Knight | about the season 3 of this series

With each season, this series loses its grip on its paths and final destinations. Once again, for us, this season was intriguing and fascinating to watch.


Peaky Blinders (S3/2016) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.47/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.66/10
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, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S3) series.

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) series:- poster

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) – poster.

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) series:- trailer

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

Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) series:- 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.

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

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.


Peaky Blinders (S4/2017) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.50/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.93/10
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, IMDb, & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S4) series.

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) series:- poster

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) – poster

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) series:- trailer

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

Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) series:- review

The historical Wall Street Crash of 1929 dealt a crippling blow to the expanding businesses of the Peaky Blinders. 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.

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

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.


Peaky Blinders (S5/2019) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.48/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.65/10
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, IMDb, & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S5) series.

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) series:- poster

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) – poster.

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) series:- 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.


Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) series:- trailer

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

Peaky Blinders (S6/2022) series:- 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.

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

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 Blinders (S6/2022) series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.35/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.38/10
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, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Peaky Blinders (S6) series.

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

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


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