TV Series facts:
Where does the name come from?
There really was a Brummie gang called Peaky Blinders, their height was in the 1890s. The name is said to have derived from the safety razors which were sewn into the peaks of their flat caps. Despite the drama being firmly set in Birmingham, it isn’t shot there. It’s mostly filmed in Liverpool and Manchester, whose terraced streets are easier to access. Locations also include Leeds and Newcastle. The closest the cast and crew get to Birmingham is the Black Country Living Museum. The first series introduced us to the Shelby family who lived in terraced houses in Small Heath, Birmingham in 1919. What’sitaboutandwho’sinit? Gang leader Thomas (Cillian Murphy) and his older brother Arthur (Paul Anderson) are struggling to cope with the traumatic effects of fighting in the trenches of World War One. He has younger brothers, a sister and Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory), matriarch of the family.
Cast members have included Tom Hardy, Sam Neill, Paddy Considine, Annabelle Wallis, Charlotte Riley and Benjamin Zephaniah. New recruits are Adrien Brody , Aidan Gillen and Charlie Murphy. Red Right Hand - is a line in the theme tune. Red right hand is from a line in John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost that refers to divine vengeance. Famous fans: Samuel L Jackson and Snoop Dogg, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Stephen King, Jose Mourinho and the late David Bowie