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Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (2013)




Critic Consensus: Peaky Blinders moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that's as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive.


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Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s.


Paul Anderson
as Arthur Shelby
Cillian Murphy
as Tommy Shelby
Sam Neill
as CI Campbell
Helen McCrory
as Aunt Polly Gray
Annabelle Wallis
as Grace Burgess
Joe Cole
as John Shelby
Sophie Rundle
as Ada Shelby
Ned Dennehy
as Charlie Strong
Tony Pitts
as Sergeant Moss
Alfie Evans-Meese
as Finn Shelby
Neil Bell
as Harry Fenton
Ian Peck
as Curly
Andy Nyman
as Winston Churchill
Jack Hartley
as Billy Lovelock
Packy Lee
as Johnny Dogs
Lobo Chan
as Mr. Zhang
Benjamin Zephaniah
as Jeremiah Jesus
Samuel Edward-Cook
as Danny Whizz-Bang
Paul Chadwick
as Special Policeman
Charlie Creed-Miles
as Billy Kimber
Patricia Winker
as Slum grandma / local woman
Nick Holder
as Marston
Tommy Flanagan
as Arthur Senior
Keith Dunphy
as Maguire
Alison Harris
as Prostitute
David Dawson
as Roberts
Bianca Rudman
as Watery lane resident
Kevin Knox
as Beggar
Colin Alltree
as Factory Worker
Alan Bentley
as Special Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Season 1

All Critics (15)

Peaky Blinders might just be worth the investment of a few stray hours. It's hardly revolutionary, but, like the industrial laborers in its 1919 Birmingham, England, setting, it gets the job done.

December 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Peaky Blinders might find itself overwhelmed by a tide of historical baggage washing away any fine detail in the characterisations.

July 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I chided David Harewood for not sounding fully Yank in the Homeland premiere, but then didn't notice his accent one way or the other in any subsequent episode because I was involved in the story.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything from the colours, sets, costumes, editing and cinematography is swoon-worthy right. Peaky Blinders takes the liberty to be mystical, lyrical and a visual treat.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Overall this was pacy, looked good and was fun to watch.

April 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Undeniably entertaining, though more as a soap romp than a drama; I didn't feel quite as involved with the gun heist from the Birmingham Small Arms factory and the warring gangs as I think I was meant to be.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Season 1

Despite the striking initial impact, once you start digging into Peaky Blinders you find that this is a show without much depth or sense of pace and character development. It feels overly long even with only 6 episode for it's season. The villains lack any discernible motivation, the brothers are a nuisance and the female characters are underused because that's where relies most of the interesting bits. Still, visually it looks impressive and Cillian Murphy proves again he can do pretty much anything and glue you to the screen thanks to his charisma and well-balanced role. The musical choices are another huge draw for me... It just doesn't work adding Arctic Monkeys and White Stripes to a 1920s series, it gets pretty silly at times.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

Very promising first season that can go in some interesting directions.


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