Peaky what-ers?

I’ve recorded the first episode of the BBC’s new drama series Peaky Blinders to watch at my leisure, hopefully some time over the weekend. It was hard to resist, really, since it’s about crime, and set in Birmingham which I seem to be writing about quite a bit lately. More specifically, it’s set in the suburb of Small Heath in the 1910s and I’m wondering whether it’ll include a reference to the ‘Small Heathens’, a gang that used to operate in the area. Perhaps that’s exactly what it’s about.

Interesting point from some of the promotional material: the actors had to work extra hard on perfecting their accents because the series writer has strong connections to the city himself, and describes most Brummie accents on film and tv as ‘excruciating’. The bits I’ve heard in trailers don’t sound terribly convincing, but perhaps they’ll improve with age or familiarity.

I’m also hoping they’ll explain the extraordinary title of the series at some point!

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