On September 13, 2013, a fantastic piece of television property, Peaky Blinders, was added to the TV history books. Yes, “fantastic” meaning that a new property has joined the ranks of such shows as The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and other such critically acclaimed primetime entertainment.
The property in question is none other than the creator, Steven Knight’s, BBC Two/Netflix show, Peaky Blinders. We hope you’ve seen it, but if not, you are missing out big time!
With series three having already premiered May 5th over in the U.K., the U.S. premiere set for May 31st here in the States, we feel it would be unwise not to let our readers know just what this magical show is all about.
The series stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Inception) as returning WWI vet, Tommy Shelby. Shelby belongs to the family gang, known as the Peaky Blinders, the gang’s namesake coming from the fact that the members sew razor blades into the bills of their flat-bill caps, providing them with a visceral concealed weapon, should they need it.
The setting takes place at the first season’s outset, in 1919 Birmingham, England, an industrial city of many trades. This offers up plenty of opportunity for competition in gangs who can exploit the trade network for monetary and supplemental gains (such as heavy WWI weaponry), the criminal activities often causing all sorts of chaos for the town.
Implement other star-studded cast members into the mix such as Sam Neil as a North Irish detective investigating the Blinders and Tom Hardy as a Jewish gang member who uses a bakery business as a front for his illegal distillery, and the palpable weight of talent present in Peaky Blinders is thick enough to cut with a knife.
Add in top-notch writing and storytelling as well as an excellent cast of characters, gripping sequences of harrowing action, and a dark, over-arching narrative with themes of trust, betrayal, and self-actualization, and you have a winner of a TV show in Peaky Blinders.
We still have a couple of weeks left before the third season makes it’s way onto Netflix here in the U.S. so there’s still time to binge the hell out of seasons one and two, each at six episodes apiece, both of which are still available to stream on Netflix.
– Josh Price
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