Wednesday, 21 February 2018

4 Reasons to Watch: Peaky Blinders

So, you've probably heard about the violent and infamous Peaky Blinders show.
Looking for four reasons to finally make you click the play button on Netflix? Well then, you've come to the right place.

Created by:
netflix summary:
Peaky Blinders
Steven Knight
Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Annabelle Wallis & Helen McCrory
2013 - present
British, Historical, Crime, Drama
1 hour
A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is lead by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost.


T H E   T H R I L L I N G   S T O R Y L I N E
Centralised around the Shelby family, Peaky Blinders is inspired by the real, sharply dressed Brummy gangs from the late 19th century, who sewed razor blades into their caps and used them to blind their opponents. If you think that's brutal, the whole show is action packed with violence, guns, explosives, dodgy deals and exciting twists and turns, as Inspector Campbell tries to stifle the gangs activities.

T H E   C O L O U R F U L   C H A R A C T E R S 
The character development in the show is outstanding, from the complex gang leader Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) with his insatiable drive for money and success, whilst suffering from PTSD, to the relentless and inspiring Polly Gray (played by Helen McCrory) as Tommy's aunt and Peaky Blinders badass treasurer; there's someone for everyone to love.

T H E   A R T I S T I C   C I N E M A T O G R A P H Y 
I don't think I've ever seen a show put together quite as beautifully as this one. Despite it's rough and gruesome nature, the production team make every episode a masterpiece with montages, slow motion and incredible panning shots, all laced with modern music to give the show a unique edge. It's unlike anything I've seen on TV before.

T H E   M O D E R N   T A K E   O N   H I S T O R Y 
If period drama isn't usually your thing, I'd reconsider for this one. Though set in the 1920s, the show manages to combine a modern soundtrack, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand as the theme, with language and even a sense of humour which is dark and contemporary, yet also completely immersive and natural; it's certainly unique and undoubtedly entertaining.

Fun fact: IMDB claims an average 6 uses of "fuck" per episode - the more you know, hey?

Still on the fence? Check out the trailer for season 1 here:

Will you be watching Peaky Blinders?

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