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Puts Brum and the post WW1 years under a much needed spotlight,
This review is from: Peaky Blinders - Series 1 [DVD]  (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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Initial post: 9 Oct 2013 14:14:42 BDT
Mr. Cd Dryden says:
Just have to say your review of this is fantastic.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 18:34:20 BDT
oh ! thanks - hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am - tonight is the finale of the first season...hopefully more to come.
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 00:15:28 BDT
Rusty Jewel says:
Could'nt have put it better myself - Truly epic - and respectful of viewers intelligence. More of this calibre please.
Posted on 18 Oct 2013 13:36:06 BDT
This has been the absolute highlight of the year, without a doubt. As a Brummie its really good to see the BBC actually using Birmingham as a historical backdrop for this utterly compelling piece of drama. Everything about it is top drawer (although a few of the accents are a bit too forced and more Black Country than Birmingham) and I cannot wait for the 2nd series, the BBC cannot leave it here. Intelligent drama that doesn't insult the viewer is so rare these days. Well done BBC, brilliant work.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2013 11:49:00 BDT
I'm a Brummie too - now sadly exiled in darkest shropshire - there are two more seasons planned, going up to the second world war I read somewhere - good news.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 17:28:43 BDT
Excellent news! Cannot wait for the 2nd series, bring it on.
Posted on 25 Oct 2013 14:31:56 BDT
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P. G. Croft says:
I fully agree with what you said. It's as though there were a conspiracy to ignore the second city--by all the media, unless it was negative. A special recognition is deserved for the 'Art director--designer' for the magnificent backdrops, be they studio constructed, set in another city--or CGI, they got my attention right away: I was in awe of there realism. Being Birmingham born ---in the 1940's, I can still remember areas like this, prior to all the clearances. I read about these gangs in Wikkipedia---go see. Lastly, we must not forget that they were vicious thugs, who were around from the 1870's. One footnote. I remember 'Teddy Boys' having razor blades sewn into their coat lapels --as a measure against head butting. P G Croft.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2013 18:38:01 GMT
Interesting stuff - good will across cyber space and so forth.
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