Peaky Blinders is one of the series of Netflix which has drawn attention for its unique style, its setting, for having well created characters, for being based on facts of the time and mainly because you can easily marathon. The series is already in its 6th season, but much to the dismay of fans, it has been off the air for a little over two years, which leaves plenty of holes to be filled – not with bodies – but with speculation.
The events of last season are open and questions about whether they were betrayed or not, whether Tommy will succumb to the growing hysteria of his psychotic views, among others, will only be answered when the series returns. So continue below to learn more about the series!
The Peaky Blinders is a criminal organization of Roma origin that takes place in the city of Birmingham, England, in 1919, formed several months after the end of the First World War (1914–1918). The story centers on the ambition of British gang leader Thomas “Tommy” Shelby (Cillian Murphy).
|Season||episodes||season premiere||End of season||original issuer||Brazil issuer|
|1||6||September 12, 2013||October 17, 2013||BBC Two||Netflix|
|2||6||October 2, 2014||November 6, 2014||BBC Two||Netflix|
|3||6||May 5, 2016||June 9, 2016||BBC Two||Netflix|
|4||6||November 15, 2017||December 20, 2017||BBC Two||Netflix|
|5||6||August 25, 2019||September 22, 2019||BBC Two||Netflix|
|6||-||No confirmed date||————————-||BBC Two||Netflix|
- Creation: Steven Knight
- Screenwriters: Steven Knight, Stephen Russell and Toby Finlay.
- Principal: Anthony Byrne
- Production: BBC
Recording and tour location
Peaky Blinders was filmed on Liverpool city, more precisely in the Black Country Museum, which is an open-air museum with reconstructed historic buildings on the outskirts of Midlands, that is, the series takes place in Birmingham, but is filmed elsewhere.
Because it was recorded in a Museum, the place ended up becoming a tourist attraction and hotels and inns took advantage of the success of the series to attract fans. The tour lasts around 4 hours and visitors can check the locations, facts about the series' backstage and even finish the tour at Peaky Blinders pub.
Who were the Peaky Blinders
Another case of based on real events, but with name changes among others. The Peaky Blinders really existed and the gang committed various types of scams, murders, robberies, bets and extortions.
In fact, creator Steven Knight was inspired to write Peaky Blinders because his father's uncles Sheldons, were bookmakers and part of the Peaky Blinders heritage. In an interview with History Extra, he revealed that his father's stories gave him his first glimpse of the show.
“One of the stories that really made me want to write Peaky Blinders is one my dad told me… His dad gave him a message and said, 'Go and give this to your uncles'… My dad knocked on the door and there was a table with about eight men... immaculately dressed, in caps and with guns in their pockets. The table was covered with money… Just that image – smoke and drink and these immaculately dressed men in this slum in Birmingham – I thought, this is the mythology, this is the story, and this is the first image I started working with. ”
The actual Peaky Blinders dated back to the 1890s, not the 1920s, which differs from the BBC series. Most of its members were young and some could be 12 years old. They were purely a street gang and lacked Tommy's political ambition. They, however, went further than Tommy – or even Arthur – in their casual violence. In addition to the robberies and battles with rival gangs, they also fought the police.
If you thought their violence against others was bad, their fights were even worse. Knight's uncle said (via The Mirror) that in a fight between two Peaky Blinders: “They didn't care about each other's eyes, ears and throats. They were like fighting dogs.”
The popular story is that their name (Peaky Blinders) came from the razor blades on their bonnets. the historian Carl Chinn (via Birmingham Mail) suggested that this is probably a myth. Razor blades were just beginning to be used in the 1890s and therefore were very expensive at the time. It's much more likely that her name came from the tips of her caps and the fact that 'blinder' was slang for her well-dressed appearance.
The Peaky Blinders ruled the streets of Birmingham for decades, but in the 1910s they lost power to rival the gang. Birmingham Boys. Although they lost first place, it was suggested that the term 'Peaky Blinders' came to refer to any street gang in Birmingham.
Billy Kimber, the leader of the Birmingham Boys, could even be a role model for Tommy. A secondary character in season one, in real life Kimber was charismatic and intelligent and became the most powerful gangster in England. Kimber had another base in London and formed alliances with other gangs in Leeds and Uttoxeter.
But it wasn't just the growing dominance of other gangs that led to the Peaky Blinders' demise. Tighter policing and tougher sentences meant that many left the gang and few wanted to join. More and more children went to school and learned discipline, and the new boxing clubs gave many an alternative to the gang.
In the 1920s, the rest of the Peaky Blinders moved to the countryside and virtually disappeared from view when the Sabinis, another gang, claimed all their territories in Birmingham. Another instance of the program's rewrite history.
The series since its first season has been critically acclaimed, averaging 8.8 on Metacritic. Rottentomatoes in his mini-review of the first season he said, "Peaky Blinders moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that is as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive."
The second season continued to grow with the public and critics such as Maureen Ryan of Huffington Post who wrote: “I am happy to report that I fell very much in love with Peaky Blinders. As familiar as its building blocks are, the UK gangster drama is bursting with irrepressible energy and is proof that, whatever the premise of a programme, capable execution is everything.”
Sarah Hughes of The Guardian said of season three that "This is drama at that imperious stage where it's hard to go wrong - confident in its narrative, confident in its character development and trusting the audience to join them."
Season four showed its strength, especially with comments like the one for Adam Starkey of metro.co.uk. "Considering the quality of the current form of the show, our fingers are crossed, the show can bring it all together for a satisfying, surprising and brutal ending."
And to top it off, season five ended leaving everyone slack-jawed and wide open for what could come in season six, as he wrote. Kevin Yeoman of Screen Rant: "It's refreshing to see that, even in its fifth season, the show can still add to the tension and put a strain on its illegal family in such a confident and playful way."
Latest news from the series
- Season six, which was confirmed as the last of the series, ended filming on May 27, 2021;
- Stephen Graham officially joined the cast and was seen on set;
- the australian actor James Frecheville joined the cast in season six;
- Charlie Murphy will not return as Jessie Eden this season.
pandemic and return
Like the entire planet, the entertainment industry has been affected as a whole. Many series had problems due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Peaky Blinders was no exception. Anyway, filming ended in May and according to the director Anthony Byrne, editions require at least six months to complete, so Netflix is expected to debut the last season in mid-December or most likely, just in 2022.
In March 2020, during the coronavirus shutdown, Anthony Byrne shared a selection of photos of the newly renovated Garrison pub on the social networks. “Hello to all of you, Peaky. As pubs are closed and all of you, with luck, will stay at home washing your hands,” says a post on Peaky Blinders' official Instagram page. “I wanted to share something with you all. Here's a preview of the new Garrison pub. I want to point out that it was almost ready and is illuminated in these images by working lights and not by our amazing cameraman, Mathieu Plainfosse.”
After confirming the production date in January 2021, a photo of Cillian Murphy on set wearing a mask was released.
At what point will the series end?
We may not know what day and month – for now – the series will end, but the exact point has already been released. Steven Knight says Peaky Blinderes submits as WWII air raid sirens sound.
Season 6 script changes
One advantage of the pandemic – rare as it is – was that the team had time to improve the scripts. Anthony Byrne said in an interview that they had time to go back to the scripts (which were already good) and turn them into something even better, given the time they had. But what changes are these, the director did not say, leaving fans more anxious for what is to come.
All five seasons of the series BBC they had six episodes each, so in case there's no change, which shouldn't be the case, this season will follow the same number. Anyway, it has already been released that the first episode will be called Black Day.
Peaky Blinders is available on Netflix.