Peaky Blinders

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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.

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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?

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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.

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The Peaky Blinders

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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.

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The head antagnist 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.

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I would strongly recommend this show to anyone that appreciates genuinely well-crafted television – THIS is the stuff that i live for. The production value – the cast – the script – the sets : its flawless. 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.

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We’ve got some violence

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Plenty of that really, fair warning – this is quite an artistically gruesome show & damn its brilliant.

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Some fairly efficient hiring processes

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some quoted poetry

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some Dumbledore inspired half-moon Glasses

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 some succinct warnings

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some contemplation

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The Shelby’s Aunt Poll who provides some spectacular one liners

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we’ve some awkward family moments where everyone avoid eye contact

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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 . got some damn mesmerizing eyes he does.

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he also smokes – like non stop – but damn does he look like a bitchin MF when he does.

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he whips out some thought-provoking lines here & there

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but at his base he’s a man of simple pleasures

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we’ve some envy inducing smoke tricks

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some stunning cinematography – the direction, script, cast, literally every facet of this show is truly spectacular.

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some fools – every show seems to have a few.

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some rules that just never, ever get followed

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so if you havent already seen this diamond of a show – you need to get on it. PRONTO.

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Out of interest here are some pictures of the REAL-life “Peaky Blinders”

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RATING : 9 out of 10

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and if the mood strikes you -> a page of – Peaky Blinders : Behind the Scenes Pictures