“By order of the Peaky Blinders”

If you are looking for a show with great cinematography, a gripping plot and a stellar cast, look no further than Peaky Blinders as this show created by British screenwriter Steven Knight certainly checks all boxes. It is a must watch for those who love the historical fiction genre and are long time fans of the actors.

 


The show takes us back in time to 1919 and revolves around the life of the Shelby Family who operate a small betting business from the heart of Birmingham. The action begins when a crate of guns belonging to the British Army ends up in the possession of the leader of the Peaky Blinders - Tommy Shelby, played by the enigmatic Cillian Murphy.

The lines of morality are blurred. Arthur (Paul Anderson) and Polly (Helen McRoy) believe that the guns should be returned to the authorities but the power hungry Tommy has other plans. He has set his eyes on the throne of the betting business empire and is willing to go to any extent to oust its king, Billy Kimber. However, the path to kingship is not easy. He faces two big threats on his way in the form of two Birmingham Police agents - Grace Burgess (Annabelle Wallis) and Inspector Campbell (Sam Neill). The power struggle between Tommy and Billy Kimber, the Shelby Family’s fight with the Birmingham police and conflicts regarding hierarchy within the family are the three major storylines which are all equally engaging. They converge in the sixth and final episode for a shocking and explosive finale. 


What works in favor of the series is its gripping plot. The audience would not feel like turning their attention away from the TV screen for even a moment as in this grimy and dark part of Birmingham, anything is possible. There are twists and turns and the suspense is always high.

What I like the most about the show are the strong willed female characters. Polly Gray, Ada Shelby (Sophie Rundle) and Grace Burgess are inspirational characters who are ready to fight against all odds. They know their rights, value their self respect and will not be put down by the patriarchal society. I found myself rooting for these characters and hoping that they get a happy ending.

The biggest contributor to the success of a show is its production team. The sincere work of the cinematographer Laurie Rose is seen on screen. In an interview he spoke about how while shooting big budget dramas, one cannot take anything for granted, from framework to lighting. This itself speaks volumes about his dedication. The same can be said for the impeccable work done by the set design team. 


Peaky Blinders has won several awards for acting and production which it thoroughly deserved. I would definitely recommend it to those who are ardent fans of this genre and for those who would like to try out a new TV series. I would give Peaky Blinders 4 stars out of 5. 

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