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Peaky Blinders
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It's not often that Birmingham is the setting for a major drama series (no, I don't include Crossroads!), so I just wondered if anyone saw episode 1 of Peaky Blinders last night.
Contrary to popular opinion, I wasn't around in Brum in 1919 but I still enjoyed it:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/...16349.html
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What channel was it on Terry as I missed it? Sounds good! Cillian Murphy is probably my favourite Irish Actor as well from the Danny Boyle 28 days later and also an indi Irish film intermission.

**its ok Terry I just checked, I'll catch it on iplayer later **
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#3
BBC2 - episode 1 was 9.00 last night.
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#4
Thanks
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(13-09-2013, 07:27 PM)Paul Wrote: Thanks

I saw the first episode i really enjoyed it. Good production values, fine acting and a good script with lots of references to places i know well from my time watching Blues.
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#6
Oh the days of your youth Ken :thumbup:
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#7
Not a bad week for original British historical drama, with Ian Hislop's Wipers Times also airing on BBC2:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01d0zrj
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#8
Just watched Peaky Blinders first episode. The BBC have really produced a high quality period drama here. Some great actors as well including Cillian. Very violent but guess that depicts the times and the storyline.
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#9
I watched it and after ten minutes I was ready to give up.I stayed with it however and I'm pleased that I did.It grew on me and I'm looking forward to next week's episode.
The big question for us Brummies was all about the accent.Every programme about Birmingham gives us a comedy style Black Country accent.The previews of the programme said that that the actors themselves thought that they had got it right.I'm not sure myself.They seemed to be all over the place.
The best I thought was the chap who played the Northern Irish copper.Sam Neill I think ( I don't do celebrities.)
I shall watch next week for sure.

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#10
The accents are apparently a genuine representation of 1919 Birmingham accents they've had historians on set from what I've read
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#11
The accents are apparently a genuine representation of 1919 Birmingham accents they've had historians on set from what I've read
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#12
I'll stick with it. Some good actors.

Why was it stuck away on BBC 2?
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#13
Good question Warley.If I was to say "because it's Brum" would I be accused of having a persecution complex? :001_smile:

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Yes should be BBC1
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#15
Episode Two tonight at 9.00.
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My grandparents (paternal and maternal) lived in the area where Peaky Blinders is set. I remember that many years ago my grandfather told me how rough it was around there in the 1920's, and how the local authority brought in an Irish police inspector together with some large policemen, and that the inspector vowed to make the streets safe to walk around.

Interesting for me to see that story being acted out on screen.
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#17
There is a book about Birmingham Gangs & the Peaky Blinders are featured in it. I went to see the author (whose name escapes me) & it was very interesting. They were utterly ruthless apparently.
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(19-09-2013, 07:04 PM)stingray Wrote: There is a book about Birmingham Gangs & the Peaky Blinders are featured in it. I went to see the author (whose name escapes me) & it was very interesting. They were utterly ruthless apparently.

Yes, the razors in the cap peaks were a good clue. I'm sure it's just a rumour that Dermot Reeve's team of the 1990s did the same.
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#19
Its not "The Gangs of Birmingham" by Phillip Gooderson is it Marina?
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(19-09-2013, 07:44 PM)Paul Wrote: Its not "The Gangs of Birmingham" by Phillip Gooderson is it Marina?

Yes, that's it!
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