Peaky Blinders is a Birmingham historical based fictional crime drama television series starring Cillian Murphy as the boss of the historical Peaky Blinders gang operating in Birmingham, England, during the aftermath of World War I. The series was created by Steven Knight, and produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions.
The first series aired on BBC Two on 13 September 2013 and ran for six episodes. The second series premiered on 2 October 2014. The third series is currently filming and is scheduled for broadcast on 5 October 2016.
Helen as: Aunt Polly / Polly Gray
Release Date: 2013 – NOW
Helen’s appearance: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3
Genre: Drama, Crime
Created by: Steven Knight
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Joe Cole etc.
Links: Official | IMDb
A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Peaky Blinders was created by Steven Knight, directed by Otto Bathurst, and produced by Katie Swinden. The writers are listed as Steven Knight, David Leland, Stephen Russell and Toby Finlay.
The series was filmed in Birmingham, Bradford, Dudley, Leeds, and Liverpool. Railway sequences were filmed between Keighley and Damems, using carriages from the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel (owned by Vintage Carriages Trust) and carriages owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.
Sam Neill enlisted the help of Northern Irish actors James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson to help him perfect a Northern Irish accent for the role of C.I. Campbell. In the end, he had to tone the accent down since the series is being marketed in the United States.
A second series was commissioned shortly after the broadcast of the first and aired in the autumn of 2014. On 11 January 2014, auditions were held in Digbeth area of Birmingham (near where parts of the series is set) for white and mixed race teenage male extras, resulting in lengthy queues.Tom Hardy and Noah Taylor join the cast for the second series.
Shortly after the final episode of the second series, the show announced via its official Twitter account that it had been renewed for a third series.
On 4 October 2015, Deadline announced that Paddy Considine was added to the cast of series 3.
On 5 October 2015, the official Peaky Blinders Twitter account announced that filming for Series 3 had begun.