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

73 of 76 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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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By knocked out 73 just woke up on 28 Sep 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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38 of 41 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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3 of 3 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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J Parker on 16 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
Absolutely fantastic programme, and unfortunately ridiculously underrated. Amazing and consistent performances from the entire cast, in particular Cillian Murphy, and thrilling story line. It's such a beautiful programme to look at too, absolute television gold.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. HOLMES on 13 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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.
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