Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders returned to the screen with a bang on Thursday night. For those who don’t know, the show is a historical drama focusing on a family gang called the Peaky Blinders who are being pursued by Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill). There is a constant battle raging between the characters of Inspector Campbell and the gang leader, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

For me, the best aspect to the show would have to be the sizzling relationship between Grace (Annabelle Wallis), an infiltrator, and Tommy. The chemistry between these two characters is fantastic and bound to leave you hungry for more. These star-crossed lovers share several heated scenes, however, their relationship may have ended with the first season but for a twist – Campbell points a gun at Grace and there is a bang; with that the episode ends. Saying that tensions and expectations for this episode were high would be an understatement.

This drama, as the genre implies, is incredibly over the top and theatrical. From the intense music, right down to the extreme accents, this show promises to bring you back to a time when the concept of crime had a whole different meaning. The death of Freddie Thorne  (Iddo Goldberg) at the end of the first season lent a sombre air to this episode, made even more effective by the dreary atmosphere, dark clothes, foggy weather and dark cobbled streets that were omnipresent in the episode.

The Shelby family is living in fear. They may have managed to set up a large support system but they have also acquired enemies. Tommy’s success allows him to buy the allegiance of many; nevertheless, it does not stop him from being beaten to a pulp. At the end of this violent scene Tommy’s face is dripping with blood when he gets rescued by none other than Old Campbell himself! Yet another cliff-hanger. Be sure to catch the next episode of Peaky Blinders on BBC 2 Thursday night at 9pm.

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