Peaky Blinders is a British television crime drama that tells the story of a gang in Birmingham, England. The show first aired on BBC Two on 13 September 2013 and has been renewed for two more seasons. Peaky Blinders stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, the leader of the gang who wants to move up in society by dealing drugs and guns. He’s also trying to take over his family business from his uncle, played by Sam Neill. In this review I will discuss:
Why Peaky Blinders is worth watching and who it’s for?
I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a new crime drama. It goes beyond gang violence into more complicated themes like family dynamics, ambition, class struggles, and social injustice.
This BBC series has been renewed through season five so you can start bingeing with confidence that there will be plenty more seasons coming up! Who should watch this show? – Anyone looking for great police procedural with an added twist. – Fans of other British dramas like Sherlock or Downton Abbey This is a review of the TV show Peaky Blinders, which airs on Netflix in America and BBC Two in the UK.
Who should watch this show? What are some key themes in Peaky Blinders that deserve discussion?
The story follows Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy), owner of a small criminal gang who becomes the leader of Birmingham’s most feared group after a bet between him and his older brother Arthur goes horribly wrong. It takes place during the aftermath of World War I when society was deeply divided by wealth disparity highlighted by violence and intolerance.
The show is centered on a gangster family at the heart of Birmingham’s criminal underworld in 1919, just after World War I and before World War II. The stories are set against the backdrop of social tensions that arise from extreme poverty, gentrification, and post-WWI British patriotism all while they struggle to keep their small business afloat during prohibition.
The show has many themes worth discussing which range from corruption within government officials to drug abuse to interpersonal violence – both physical and emotional – but there are also underlying themes about female empowerment.”
Weaving together a gritty drama with razor-sharp wit, this Emmy® Award-winning period crime series stars Cillian Murphy (Golden Globe® nominee) as Tommy Shelby; Annabelle Wallis (Emmy® Award nominee) as Lady Polly Gray; Helen McCrory (BAFTA Awards winner, Emmy®, SAG and Golden Globe Award nominee) as Aunt Polly Gray; Paul Anderson (Olivier award nominee) as Arthur Shelby Jr.; Sophie Rundle (Rising Star of 2017 at Evening Standard Theatre Awards )as Ada Shelby.
Peaky Blinders is a crime drama that focuses on the lives of the criminal gangs in Birmingham. The show takes its name from “peaky” – slang for someone who wears peak caps because they are involved with some sort of criminal activity.
The first episode revolves around Thomas Shelby, also known by his nickname Tommy, a former soldier home from World War I now looking for employment.
The show is set in Birmingham, England, and weaves plotlines from the “Peaky Blinders gang” with those of a family who were formerly wealthy but are now struggling after their daughter’s death.