Peaky Blinders Series 2 is on the way

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect/Robert Viglasky)BBC Two Controller, Janice Hadlow and BBC Controller, Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson, today announce Steven Knight’s Peaky Blinders has been re-commissioned for a second series from Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions.

With a consolidated average audience of 2.4 Million (9.6%) for series one, the epic gangster drama series set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s will return in 2014 with a new six-part series.

Creator and writer Steven Knight says: “I am so pleased we will be able to continue to tell this story of a working class family living through extraordinary times in an extraordinary w

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Peaky Blinders – Episode 6

Thursday 17 October | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO

Peaky Blinders 1It’s the day of the Worcester races – the day Thomas Shelby intends to finally become a racecourse kingpin himself.

Just as the Peaky Blinders are about to make their move, however, revelations come to light that threaten to obliterate their plans.

While Thomas scrambles to get ready for the battle of his life, Grace is faced with an impossible decision, and an enraged Inspector Campbell plays his final card.

Peaky Blinders – Episode 5

Thursday 10 October | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO

Peaky Blinders 3With Inspector Campbell still on the search for the crate of stolen guns, Thomas Shelby’s life is complicated by the arrival in Small Heath of two individuals.

One is the Shelbys’ errant father, who walked out on his family 10 years ago but claims to be a changed man.

The other is a gentleman from South Armagh who has heard about the guns, and knows that an IRA man recently met with an accident soon after drinking at the Garrison, the pub frequented by the Peaky Blinders.

Meanwhile, Grace makes a discovery that could change everything.

Peaky Blinders – Episode 4

Thursday 3 October | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO

Annabelle WallisThe Peaky Blinders’ conflict with rival gang the Lee family continues to escalate. When the Lees ransack the Shelbys’ betting shop, Thomas decides to pay them a visit himself.

Thomas’s brother John, a widower with four children running rings around him, reveals that he intends to remarry. His choice of bride, however, proves controversial with rest of the Shelby family.

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Peaky Blinders – Episode 3

Thursday 26 September | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect/Robert Viglasky)

Thomas Shelby, leader of the Peaky Blinders, is paid a visit in the Garrison pub by two men who claim to be IRA Fenians. They’ve heard that Thomas has come into possession of the missing crate of guns, and they want to buy them for the cause.

Grace, who is still posing as a barmaid in the pub, overhears the conversation and decides to trail the IRA men herself.

Thomas’s sister Ada secretly marries the Communist agitator Freddie Thorne, by whom she is pregnant. Thomas has promised Campbell that Freddie will leave Birmingham as part of a deal in which Campbell will allow Thomas to expand his business. When it transpires Continue reading ‘Peaky Blinders – Episode 3’ »

Peaky Blinders – Episode 2

Thursday 19 September | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO

Sam NeillAt a country fair outside Birmingham, Thomas Shelby, leader of the Peaky Blinders, picks a violent fight with a gypsy family called the Lees.

While Thomas and his brothers are away, Chief Inspector Campbell conducts a violent raid on the Peaky Blinders’ territory, leaving a message with family matriarch Aunt Polly that he wants to speak directly with Thomas.

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Peaky Blinders – Episode 1

Thursday 12 September | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC TWO


Birmingham, 1919. Thomas Shelby is a war veteran, and head of feared gang, the Peaky Blinders. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, they make money from illegal betting, protection and the black market.

When he comes into possession of a crate of guns from the local arms factory, Thomas sees an opportunity to increase the gang’s power and move up in the world. Meanwhile, tough Belfast copper Chief Inspector Campbell arrives in town, tasked with the recovery of the guns by none other than Winston Churchill. Will Thomas listen to the Peaky Blinders’ family matriarch, Aunt Polly, who instructs him to ditch the weapons rather than take on the police?

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BBC Two Presents Peaky Blinders

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Peaky Blinders is an epic, six-part gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s.

Britain in 1919 is a tumultuous mix of despair and hedonism, a nation cleaned out by the extravagances of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval.

Thomas Shelby and his family run the most feared and powerful local gang, the Peaky Blinders. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, they make money from illegal betting, protection and the black market.

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Cillian Murphy is Tommy Shelby

Cillian MurphyWhat drew you to Peaky Blinders?

Well, I always try and follow the writing and I’ve been a fan of Steven Knight’s work for quite a while and the quality just jumped off the page. It’s just very unusual and very compelling and the character Tom Shelby is kind of an enigma. I haven’t done television in many, many years and there’s kind of a golden age with television now and for actors to get to explore characters over the course of six hours is a real treat, especially when you have writing of that calibre.

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Sam Neill is Chief Inspector Campbell

Sam NeillTell us about your character

I play Chief Inspector Campbell. He’s a tough cop from Northern Ireland. He’s probably fairly psychotic but he’s a righteous man, an upright man whose mission is to clean out the cesspit that is Birmingham in 1919 and by God, he’s going to succeed. Campbell is clearly a man of his time and haunted by several things. There’re other dimensions to Campbell apart from being a maniac: he’s kind of sad character too, he’s got a sad dimension to him. I think he probably served in the Boer War and he learnt some practices that probably shouldn’t have been reimported back to the British Isles.

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