This is a spectacular BBC + Netflix creation that first aired in 2013 – to outstanding critical reviews. It is simply one of the best shows ever created, its extremely intelligent, artfully directed, witty and violent and just ridiculously intriguing. This is a show to smoke to but one that you enter paying FULL attention to – like watching True Detective (S01) – it draws you in + you fully immerse into it. I found this show last year and was up to date on it within the week. Waiting patiently for the next installment. I enjoy shows that are structured differently than the mass, with each season having six one-hour episodes. The show also explores some dark subject matters like PTSD or ‘shell shock’ as it was known in its time which intrigued me since i’d never actually seen these problems examined in such a relatable way.
Rating : 9/10
The show is set in Birmingham 1919, it follows a gang called the “Peaky Blinders” called so because they sew razor blades into the front of their caps so when needed they can slice someones face open with a strike, often ending up in blinding victims… hence the name. Have a look – see anything sharp or shiny jump out at you?
The head and brains of the family is Thomas Shelby( Cillian Murphy ) who commands attention with this incredible silent intensity & can convey a lot through a flicker of expression. Himself along with his two brothers (& his extended family) have created and built up “Shelby Brothers Limited”, a “bookmakers” enterprise that has some more sinister businesses, though its more of a Kingdom than a Company.
The head antagonist is none other than Sam Neil, it took me awhile to place him as the main thing i had seen him in was Jurassic Park years before. His accent is damn perfection, he plays a truly formidable and dark enemy. Though he’s working for the state (and therefore should logically be the protagonist/ hero of the story) he’s the opposite, as our criminal gang has the heart of the show. I would strongly recommend this show to anyone that appreciates genuinely well-crafted television – THIS is the stuff that i live for. Even their walk in this show commands such dominance that filters throughout all the other aspects of their lives, the Shelby brothers are not to be messed with.
We’ve some quoted poetry here and there.
This show is again, another example of the new standard that TV series can achieve. Every single facet of this series is impeccably crafted, it’s script, cast, production, sets, costumes, direction, literally every part of it could not be improved upon. When i occasionally hear a rare comment about someone who doesn’t adore it and finds it a little lacking, my opinion is that they mustn’t appreciate (or be able to recognize) legitimately brilliant and clever television. Tommy (Murphy) has a very impressive demeanor throughout the show – his attitude is always strong and confident but silently. He’s the guy who sits back and watches while everyone else shows their hand.
He whips out some thought-provoking lines here & there, that are surprisingly succinct and borderline philosophical. The show has the capacity to continue to keep surprising you with its caliber, thrown away comments made in passing throughout the series are normally reflective of whats happening on screen. It’s also prone to pathetic fallacy as a medium for the mood of the scene.
We’ve some envy inducing smoke tricks, this isn’t a series that I’ve watched much when stoned, as the more you’ve to fully lean into and pay attention to a series sometimes that can be challenging when you high… and chuckling.
There is some seriously stunning cinematography in this series, the direction and photography shots within this show will continue to surprise and impress you.
Along with some rules that just never, ever get followed.
So dive into this series, there’s only 6 hour-long episodes in each season, and their all diamonds. While we’re discussing it, this is one show that you should actively pay attention to, not one to chat throughout and miss half of the content. It’s sharp, incredibly scripted and dark. Watch it.
Out of interest here are some pictures of the REAL-life “Peaky Blinders”