‘Peaky Blinders’ is the best series of all time, and here’s why
Very rarely does a drama come around and everybody is instantly gripped. One of the rare shows that has managed to captivate audiences around the world and gain minimal negative feedback is Peaky Blinders.
The show centers around the rise of Birmingham-based gang leader Tommy Shelby and his family and highlights the lengths that he will go to in order to build a business unlike any other.
There are important elements of love and PTSD that soldiers coming back from the First World War suffered from. The show has become a cult classic unlike any other that we have ever seen from British television.
The characters in Peaky Blinders are as violent as they are lovable, but they are portrayed by some of the best actors and actresses that you are likely to see on a television drama.
Peaky Blinders’s main character, Tommy Shelby, is played by the brilliant Cillian Murphy, while real-life brothers Joe and Finn Cole portray two of the more complex characters on the show. The Peaky Blinders themselves were a real gang based in Birmingham, but the story told in the show is fiction.
Helen McRory is brilliant as Aunt Polly, while the equally brilliant Paul Anderson plays everybody’s favourite maniac, Arthur Shelby. If you still aren’t impressed, there is also Tom Hardy chucked in there for good measure as Tommy’s rival Alfie Solomons.
Peaky Blinders has achieved cult status because of many different elements. The show is based in Birmingham and has instantly been a hit locally. Meanwhile, the style of the Peaky Blinders has been copied by millions that watch the show. The trademark flat cap has been reborn through the success of the show, while the central characters are always dazzling in their three-piece suits. And of course, the hair.
The characters’s haircuts have become a signature look that has been replicated around the world. David Beckham was so impressed by the style in the show that he fronted a range of Peaky Blinders-inspired clothes.
Steven Knight’s excellent writing
No series can reach the limits that Peaky Blinders has without an exceptionally talented writer, and the show has that with Steven Knight. The shots that you can expect to see during the show are second to none, with the music in the background creating iconic moments of television that are never likely to leave you.
Peaky Blinders’s slow-motion walks down by the canals in Birmingham with the flames surrounding Shelby as he walks along are some of the most aesthetically pleasing that you can expect to see.
Peaky Blinders’s writing captures every emotion possible, and you sometimes forget that the Blinders are a vicious gang hell-bent on murder. The music that is used throughout the show has become so iconic that you will be frantically searching for the names of the songs. It isn’t just the music either, with the sound effects perfectly capturing the emotion on display in any given scene.
Peaky Blinders is likely to be one of the best shows that you ever watch, and once you first tune in, you’re instantly hooked. The historical references to Birmingham and real-life characters such as Winston Churchill and Oswald Mosley keep you engaged and add subtext to the story. Tune in; you won’t regret it.