Peaky Blinders, an epic gangster saga, has started shooting in Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool, boasting a distinguished cast that includes Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, 28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors, The Piano, Jurassic Park), Helen McCrory (Hugo, Harry Potter, The Queen).
The cast also features Annabelle Wallis (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Tudors), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth, Wild Bill).
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Cillian Murphy is to star in new BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders.
The six-part gangster drama has been written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).
The series follows ruthless mobster Tommy (Murphy), whose family control the “lawless post-war slum neighbourhoods” of Birmingham in 1919.
Tommy’s gang are known as the ‘Peaky Blinders’ due to their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps
Commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, Peaky Blinders is created by acclaimed writer Steven Knight and produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions.
In his first television drama, creator Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises) says: ”The story I want to tell is based on family legend and historical fact. It is a fiction woven into a factual landscape which is breathtakingly dramatic and cinematic, but which for very English reasons has been consigned to historical text books.”
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BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow has ordered the first self-contained TV drama series from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? co-creator Steve Knight – a 6 x 60-minute period drama exploring gang life in 1920s Birmingham…
Peaky Blinders is based on the historically accurate story of gangsters and revolutionaries who terrorised the Midlands city. It is named after the razor blades sewn into the peaks of gang members’ caps, which could be used to slash their adversaries’ faces.
According to sundaymercury.net
The Peaky Blinders – The Adderley Street-based gang emerged in the Bordesley and Small Heath areas, a particularly deprived part of the city in 19th century Birmingham.
Unlike their rivals, The Peaky Blinders had a carefully stylised image; bell bottom trousers, a silk ‘daff’ or scarf twisted round their necks and tied at the end, and a flat cap tilted on their head.
This classic look was displayed in police mugshots of gang members from the day, including David Taylor, who was jailed at the age of 13 for carrying a gun.
Other Peakies included baby-faced Harry Fowles, Ernest Haynes and Stephen McNickle, who were all jailed for petty theft after being arrested by the under-pressure police.