Peaky Blin­ders

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In May 1926, the Trades Union Congress called a gen­eral strike in sup­port of min­ers who had been suf­fer­ing for years from de­clin­ing pay. While the strike was ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful and didn’t re­sult in the rev­o­lu­tion some feared, it’s a re­minder that the 1920s was a decade of up­heaval and hard­ship for many.

This makes the pe­riod a rich source of sto­ries rooted in Bri­tish so­cial his­tory, tales that un­der­pin the fourth sea­son of writer Steven Knight’s gang­ster drama. Last time around, we found First World War vet­eran Tommy Shelby ( Cil­lian Murphy) and his clan liv­ing the high life in a coun­try house. This time, it’s back to ba­sics as a threat to the fam­ily drives the Shel­bys once again onto the sooty streets of Small Heath, Birm­ing­ham, where a des­per­ate fight for sur­vival plays out.

As well as Murphy, reg­u­lars such as He­len McCrory as fam­ily ma­tri­arch Pol and Tom Hardy as the down­right ter­ri­fy­ing gang leader Al­fie Solomons also re­turn. It looks likely a fifth se­ries, prob­a­bly next year, will con­clude the Shel­bys’ story on the eve of the Sec­ond World War.

Cil­lian Murphy helps bring the 1920s back to life

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