Peaky Blinders 2 Seasons 2013

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Season 1
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1. Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

Thomas Shelby acquires some stolen guns which could lead to serious trouble.

Starring:
Cillian Murphy,Sam Neill
Runtime:
57 minutes

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Episode 1

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Product Details

Starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill
Season year 2013
Network BBC
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By BearFace on 18 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
This is easily the best new drama I've watched for a long time. Stunningly atmospheric, with outstanding performances, intelligent dialogue and a perfect soundtrack, it all adds up to a series so good, it's almost spine-tingling. Cillian Murphy's portrayal of flawed antihero, Thomas Shelby is mesmerising - you just can't help cheering him on as he manages to stay one step ahead of everyone else in a violent, post-war Birmingham.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this production - can't wait for Series 2 ... please!
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By knocked out 73 just woke up on 28 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Why has this time and place not been touched upon before - England teeters on the brink of revolution, Ireland boils and damaged soldiers return to a new world - empowered women, corrupt cops and competing gangsters. Birmingham has been sadly under used as a setting for drama. but this cracker addresses that omission good and proper. Stylish to the point of being surreal - spaghetti-junction western with nice cave's gothic music, beautiful bladerunner-ish backdrops of the industrial monster, and a central figure whose intelligence is slowly slowly revealed as the various factions plot and scrap for the missing guns. Just watch it. Everyone from set designers to stars, from writer to accent coach, deserves a resounding cheer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
A striking tale of ambition, loyalty, deceit, desire and betrayal. This brilliantly vibrant series has an arrogant swagger and revels in its audacious story telling. There is an admirable confidence in the depiction of violence, the occasional moments of stillness, and an underlying gallows humour. Powerful images of fiery furnaces, funereal canals, cliff face warehouses and dark ill lit cobbled streets give an almost futuristic air to the industrial slums of early 20th century Birmingham. The cinematography and modern-day music soundtrack create a unique world of urban poverty, where the petty criminal gang of illegal bookmakers run by the Shelby family and known as the Peaky Blinders ply their trade.

The Great War is over and those who survived the slaughter in the killing fields of northern France have returned home with their nightmares. One of these veterans is Tommy Shelby, head of the Peaky Blinders. Tommy, impressively underplayed by Cillian Murphy is a driven man and when his criminal gang fortuitously acquire a crate of government arms he sees an opportunity. However, in a time of political turmoil and fearing that the guns might end up in the hands of the IRA or communist agitators Secretary of State Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless enforcer from Belfast to retrieve them. Sam Neil's Inspector Campbell is a brutal man willing to do anything to succeed in his mission. Tommy and Campbell's relationship may frame the series but this is not an exclusive `alpha male fest.' There are strong women present, and Helen McCrory's Aunt Polly is a dominant influence within the Shelby clan while Annabelle Wallis's Grace is certainly no State puppet.

Although I am unable to comment on the historic authenticity of the series, I believe that it effectively depicts a country in turmoil, on the cusp of possibilities, where the end of the Great War marked the beginning of a different age, where men believed that the future was theirs to create.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
1919, Birmingham - those returning from war even harder than before. Tommy Shelby determines to make Peaky Blinders all the more a force to be reckoned with. At once problems mount. A robbery goes wrong - haul not the expected alcohol, but a major hoard of weapons. Seeking them now are Communists and the IRA - not to mention ruthless Chief Inspector Campbell, he with top Government backing to remove all scum from the streets. (Churchill urges him not to leave bodies floating, but to bury them deep.) What hope for Tommy now?

Six hour long episodes are crammed with excitement. Quality reigns in every department: superb scripts, excellent acting, distinctive music, the whole look of the thing. A major aim (revealed in the one bonus) has been not simply to recreate the past, but to add aspects of a western and touches of prohibition America. From that stunning opening, the show thus has a style of its own. Of course there is violence, but much of it is stylized, razors in cap peaks warding off enemies.

As charismatic Tommy, Cillian Murphy is superb, he an actor who believes less is more - much conveyed with a look. Sam Neill makes an aggressive Campbell. Helen McCrory impresses as the formidable Shelby matriarch. Annabelle Wallis charms as new barmaid Grace, able to calm the most rowdy whenever she sings. There is, though, much more to her than that. Is she what she seems?

From start to showdown climax, here is a stunner full of uneasy alliances, innumerable undercurrents, subtle revelations, none of the characters one-dimensional. There is humour too, not much admittedly - some also in the bonus when Shelby male cast discover the haircuts needed.

Spellbinding television - a triumph for all concerned.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peter villiers on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A wonderful drama, hypnotic throughout. Extremely well acted - a Birmingham western, with a wonderful Belfast chief of police! Well done all, writers, stagers, and actors alike. The best TV drama I have seen.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Realitycheck on 18 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This gem of programme really took me by surprise, not because of the absolutely fantastic talent of actors on show, who each perform their roles with such breath taking grit of realism, able as they are to transport you to a world far different than the one we are used to now, and truely make you believe that we are somehow there observing them as they go about their business, but because I thought this type of series had been lost to us forever.
There's only one sad thing wrong with this programme, and that is that it's ended. Bring on series two!
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