A gripping drama that though unusual in its setting, with its contemporary music too, worked wonderfully well I thought on first viewing. The cinematography was superb. The plot was sound in an authentic context. The characters were credible. The acting performances were outstanding. Cillian Murphy plays an heroically sympathetic anti-hero, who behind the savagery of urban gang violence is a gentleman born who wants the best for everybody. But life ain't so nice and cuddly when money and power comes to the fore. I've watched the first series through three times already to whet the appetite for the second series awaiting to be broadcast at the time of writing. But then I am biased...
Its nice to see Birmingham get a look-in from time to time. While a foreigner might be forgiven for thinking that outside of mighty London there is only Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow that might raise a flicker of interest, there are other towns and cities of equal fascination yet to be discovered by film producers, writers, and directors, in the U.K.
Having being brought up in that part of Birmingham the show bears no resemblance to the Small Heath that I know. The 'Garrison' pub is in reality a poky little place, and nothing like as grand as shown here. The accents were off: The pub landlord, and the newspaper reporter came the closest in authenticity for the period. My grandparents were running a pub not far from there in 1919 so this 'Peaky Blinders' series touches me in a special way.
However, one can waste time being pedantic when one should be enjoying what is no more than an historical drama, and not a documentary on life in post - First World War Birmingham.