Peaky Blinders is undoubtedly one of the most captivating period drama of the last few years. The life of the Shelby family, its illicit trade and the somewhat questionable principles of the group leader Thomas “Tommy” Shelby manage to capture the viewer and paste it to the screen at every episode and season.
Created by Steven Knight (Locke, Taboo), Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham after the First World War and tells the daily life of the Shelby family whose head of the family Tommy (played by Cillian Murphy) is also the boss of the Peaky Blinders gang who commands the city in a really difficult period from the historical and economic point of view.
PEAKY BLINDERS CURIOSITY: 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE ENGLISH TV SERIES PEAKY BLINDERS
HELEN MCCRORY WAS INSPIRED BY OZZY OSBOURNE
One of the most important and distinctive features of the Peaky Blinders is the Birmingham accent.
The actress who takes the role of Polly or Helen McCrory has publicly thanked John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, British singer-songwriter, composer and actor, who became famous with the Black Sabbath and then as a soloist, as a source of inspiration in the study of cadence and the acceptance required for the role.
SHOOTING WAS NOT MADE IN BIRMINGHAM
Well yes, the TV series that should be set in Birmingham was not filmed in this city. Most of the filming was done in Toxteth Liverpool.
In Birmingham, only a few scenes were shot and more than anything else at the Black Country Museum, an open-air museum containing reconstructed historic buildings from all of the Midlands.
CILLIAN MURPHY HATES TOMMY’S LOOK
The actor who plays the role of Tommy Shelby hates the distinctive brand of this character or his haircuts! Becoming iconic in recent years thanks to Peaky Blinders, this haircut has gone around the world so much that many young people are increasingly trying to cut their hair to look like Tommy Shelby. Too bad that although it has become fashionable Cillian Murphy is totally horrified!
PEAKY BLINDERS REALLY EXISTED
The Peaky Blinders actually existed and were a notorious late 1800s Birmingham gang.
Unlike the TV series, the real Blinders are however remembered for less heinous crimes such as petty thefts.
BILLY KIMBER AND DARBY SABINI WERE REAL GANGSTER STATES
Tommy Shelby is a character totally invented by the author, but William “Billy” Kimber and Charles “Derby” Sabini were two real gangsters. Billy Kimber was a bookmaker in charge of the Sabini gang and king of the hippodrome gangs across Britain, while Sabini was one of his most bitter enemies.
THE BLINDERS DID NOT HAVE SEWED BLADES IN THE CAPS
In the TV series, the Peaky Blinders have razor blades sewn into their hats, weapons used to blind the victims. However, the real Peaky Blinders are believed to have used steel-tipped belts and shoes as weapons as razor blades only spread in the UK after the war and in the early days were expensive items to find.
TWO PROTAGONISTS ARRIVE FROM THE BATMAN UNIVERSE
Both Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy have previously been colleagues on the same set. In the Batman saga by Christopher Nolan, the two actors played the role of two villains; Cillian Murphy was the psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Crane – otherwise known as Scarecrow – while Tom Hardy took on the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
FINN COLE ENTERED THE CAST THANKS TO THE BROTHER
Actor Finn Cole, who takes on the role of Michael Gray, must thank his brother Joe Cole for joining the TV series. Finn was studying and was unable to travel to Birmingham for the auditions. It was Joe who suggested that he record the audition and then send it to the casting managers.
EVERY SEASON SEES THOUSANDS OF CIGARETTES SMOKING
In many interviews, Cillian Murphy has stressed that he is not a smoker, unlike his character in Peaky Blinder who always has a burning cigarette. To remedy the problem, the Irish actor uses herbal cigarettes. But apparently even more than 3,000 come on during the shooting of a season.
STEVEN KNIGHT WAS INSPIRED BY FAMILY STORIES
Apparently the Peaky Blinders saga was born within the home thanks to the author’s father who told numerous stories to the young Steven Knight.