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Peaky Blinders: Series 1 DVD

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A series created by Steven Knight based upon the notorious Birmingham Gang ' The Peaky Blinders' so named because of the razor blades they kept in the peak of their flat caps. The story begins in 1920's Birmingham, where the gang centre around their race gambling industry, tucked away in one of the back to back houses and run by the Shelby Family. Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is the brains of the family and the leader of the pack and following his experience in the Great War as one of the 'sewer rat' tunnellers, he has no fear of the rival gangs of the day. However, his fears through the night need suppressing with his cocktail of opiates and alcohol, as he experiences flashbacks. Shelby has a cache of guns that fell into his hands but he risks the wrath of Chief Inspector Campbell (Sam Neill) as he tries to strike a deal that doesn't quite go to plan.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Peaky Blinders is an epic 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 But Tommy’s ambitions go beyond running the streets and when a crate of guns goes missing from an arms factory he recognises an opportunity to move up in the world Crime pays but business pays better As rival gangs Communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on Small Heath in pursuit of the weapons; Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns Peaky Blinders is a dazzling picture of England taken directly from the pages of our secret history They will now burst into life in a vibrant evocation of a hedonistic age The Shelbys will be a family to be reckoned with Boasting a distinguished cast that includes Cillian Murphy Sam Neill Helen McCrory Age Rating 15

The complete first series of the BBC drama following the lives of a gangland family living in Birmingham in 1919. Named after their practise of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, the notorious 'Peaky Blinders' gang is one of the city's most feared, with interests in illegal betting, protection and the black market. Former war hero and brains behind the operation Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), however, is eager to safeguard his family's success by making the business legitimate. But when he's offered a consignment of stolen arms Tommy's desire to increase the family's influence in the city brings him into direct conflict with Chief Inspector Campbell (Sam Neill), a brutally tough, Belfast policeman who's been charged with recovering the guns at any cost.

  • Average Rating for Peaky Blinders: Series 1 - 4 out of 5


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  • Peaky Blinders: Series 1
    sean

    a great new series about the criminal underworld and the people trying to stop them post world war one

  • Peaky Blinders: Series 1
    Editor Review

    I have to admit to coming late to the Peaky Blinders Series. I must have watched it once and initially found it difficult to follow. However, I watched the first episode again and now am completely hooked. Murphy's character, Thomas Shelby, is not immediately likeable and is feared by everyone, including his own family, except by his childhood friend, a communist, who happened to have saved Shelby's life during the war. Shelby doesn't like what he is doing but it is his obligation to him that shows the sense of honour that he has. Although he is capable of terrifying violence, there is a sense of a moral conscience, which makes all the story lines intriguing. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper drama without some sexual tension, and this is perfectly provided by the rather different Irish barmaid,Grace Burgess (Annabelle Wallis) who Shelby has concluded needed to come to England to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Her real reason for courting him is much darker than this though and leads her into some dangerous situations. Some great cinematography, and if you are a fan of history, a good insight into the life of gangs in the 1920's. Just a few dodgy Birmingham accents, which seem to drift into cockney and scouse at times, but it doesn't spoil the overall effect. Some good horse scenes, particularly an early morning raid by the police, provided by Atkinson Action Horses (Poldark).

    Verdict
    Great story and raw insight into 1920's gangland culture

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