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« on: September 11, 2013, 01:41:52 pm »

An interesting new 6-part drama starts tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2.
It's all about a little known but notorious at the time Victorian gang called the "Peaky Blinders".
They got their name from sewing blades into the peaks of their flat caps and head-butting their
victims before robbing them. They were also well-known racketeers and all round rotters.

Today's Daily Mail has an article about the Peaky Blinders.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 01:46:25 pm »

Yes, got that set to record, some of it was filmed in our very own Black Country Museum.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2013, 02:12:28 pm »

An interesting new 6-part drama starts tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2.
It's all about a little known but notorious at the time Victorian gang called the "Peaky Blinders".
They got their name from sewing blades into the peaks of their flat caps and head-butting their
victims before robbing them. They were also well-known racketeers and all round rotters.

Today's Daily Mail has an article about the Peaky Blinders.


 'Victorian'? The series is set in 1919..so Edwardian.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013, 02:16:42 pm »

There's an interesting video here about how they created the sets for the show.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013, 02:31:16 pm »

Why the BBC are starting the story on 1919 is unclear, as the gang were at the height from the 1880's
to 1904 when the newly released police photos were taken.
This makes them most definitely Victorian.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013, 03:00:44 pm »

Why the BBC are starting the story on 1919 is unclear, as the gang were at the height from the 1880's
to 1904 when the newly released police photos were taken.
This makes them most definitely Victorian.

It's a fictitious story based loosely on some of the facts. It's an entertainment not a historical re-enactment. They will probably be using bad accents, wearing the wrong kind of coats and sporting anachronistic hats.

 I'll give it a go. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 04:55:06 pm »

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They will probably be using bad accents

Yeah..Brummie!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2013, 10:12:18 pm »

Well I really enjoyed it and I think it shows great potential. It's certainly got a pretty high calibre of actors. I don't know if there is just one series planned or if that's purely dependant on ratings, but it could end up being our equivalent of Boardwalk Empire.
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2013, 10:25:34 pm »

Enjoyed that. 'The Godfather' only in Birmingham?
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2013, 10:07:46 am »

I thoroughly enjoyed it. A piece of quality British drama!
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2013, 02:44:07 pm »

Dress like a Peaky Blinder hehe. Probably not the kind of style tips any of us would need (I currently own five eight panel flat caps) but still interesting that they actually admit they're trying to kick off a trend. Best of luck I say, could do with a few more cool clothes on the high street and from my pov anything's preferable to what we have currently. I'm afraid skinny fit just doesn't fit me any more.  Cheesy

http://clothesonfilm.com/dress-like-a-peaky-blinder/33093/

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2013, 07:30:35 pm »

The sound track was unexpected.
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2013, 08:01:51 pm »

As was the cameo from Benjamin Zephaniah, although he is indeed a Brummie lad. Still in some ways it does all seem quite (dare I say It)...Punk.  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2013, 01:18:56 pm »

It's neather Victorian or Edwardian as its supposed to be about there lives after WW1  Undecided Undecided Undecided
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2013, 08:21:58 pm »

Is that a problem? I'm actually chuffed silly that someone has set a piece of historical fiction in this exact year. Simply because (in gonzo historical terms) it is the year that really joins Steampunk and Dieselpunk together, but is not actually technically considered to be either. It's that no mans land where we all meet up and play football.

Despite the fact that they have used a fairly large amount of artistic license, this show will I suspect be a fantastic indicator as to exactly why. In some aspects there remains great influence from the late Victorian and Edwardian era (just look at the mens clothes for a start). But the technology, which had been pushed forward by the war itself, puts it firmly in the diesel era with steam power still running right along side. Indeed it did for quite a while and still does to a lesser degree to this day (nuclear submarines are essentially steam powered for example).

Bear in mind that some of the most powerful and efficient steam engines didn't come along until way after 1900. Steam trains weren't totally replaced by diesel until the early 1960's, at least in my area. But of course the diesel and petrol engine was beginning to come into it's own. Rapid advancements in weaponry, aviation, transport, communication etc, were all (as is sadly often the case) necessitated by conflict.

So really you have the scientific potential for a great many outlandish designs, and from that stand point the best of both worlds could exist. In reality of course it was a miserable depression, somehow I don't think this particular show is going to pull any punches when illustrating that.
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2013, 09:32:18 pm »

Superb bit of drama (now I've final got round to watching it)

Tense & brutal but brilliant to see somewhere "unusual" to have it set in, plus the excellent backdrop of the social and political unpheavals in England at the time (only a couple of years before the General Strike, Ireland being split and the Great Depression looming

Does a briliant job of making industrial Britain look just as horrid as it was
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« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 03:45:48 pm »

Some of us are planning a Steampunk version of the gang.

We're going to be 'The Cushy Insoles'.
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« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 04:12:18 pm »

Some of us are planning a Steampunk version of the gang.

We're going to be 'The Cushy Insoles'.

You couldn't wait to get that in, could you! Grin
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 08:35:34 pm »

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Despite the fact that they have used a fairly large amount of artistic license, this show will I suspect be a fantastic indicator as to exactly why. In some aspects there remains great influence from the late Victorian and Edwardian era (just look at the mens clothes for a start). But the technology, which had been pushed forward by the war itself, puts it firmly in the diesel era with steam power still running right along side. Indeed it did for quite a while and still does to a lesser degree to this day (nuclear submarines are essentially steam powered for example).
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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2013, 07:10:55 pm »

The sound track was unexpected.

Yes, really liked the soundtrack and the first episode. I will definitely be watching the entire series. Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2013, 07:59:51 pm »

I just so happened to work on the set of "peaky blinders" when it was being filmed at the BCLM. Anyone see the narrow boats at the beginning when he goes ridin the 'oss down the canalside? I set those in place.
I'm very pleased with the end result! A steampunk gang sounds brilliant!
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2016, 01:36:11 am »

There's a new BBC series coming from the writer of Peaky Blinders called Taboo. By the looks of the trailer, some kind of victorian Monte Cristo story.
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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2016, 03:20:04 pm »

There's a new BBC series coming from the writer of Peaky Blinders called Taboo. By the looks of the trailer, some kind of victorian Monte Cristo story.

 Haven't got around to watching a family members  boxed  set of  Peaky Blinders yet. This new show sounds very  interesting  .
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