Peaky Blinders returned last year for its fifth season. The show stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, the leader of the notorious gang. In series five, Thomas has to face the wrath of Oswald Mosley, who was the leader of a fascist party. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts and details about the show.
Knight claims that his family were part of the Peaky Blinders. However, they were called Sheldons and not Shelbys. It was the stories that his father told him as a child that would inspire the series. Speaking to a portal, Knight said this was the one that started it. "One of the stories that really made me want to write Peaky Blinders is one my dad told me," he had said.
Billy Kimber was an actual bookie running racecourses at the time. However, Kimber died in a nursing home in Torquay aged 63 and not at the hands of a Shelby. Sabini was one of Kimber's rivals and is also the inspiration for Colleoni in Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock.
Helen McCrory said she learned how to speak with a Birmingham accent by watching various clips of Ozzy Osbourne. The Black Sabbath vocalist is one of Birmingham’s most popular natives. She also portrayed a strong character in the series.
Joe Cole, who plays the role of John Shelby, is actually the older brother of Finn Cole, who plays the role of Michael Gray. However, John’s Shelby’s character was killed off in season four. Michael Gray’s character was introduced in season two and still appears in season five.
Cillian Murphy is rarely seen without a cigarette in his mouth in the show. In an interview, Murphy said that use the herbal rose variant, and smoked like five a day. He also asked the prop guys to count how many cigs they used during a series and the count is around 3000.
The Visual references to hell in the show are absolutely real. In the first season, you can see Tommy walking to the Garrison Pub. Colm McCarthy, who directed the second season, said to a media portal that the use of flames in the first episode is very deliberate. "Absolutely, there’s definitely a sense of hell and that’s very deliberate", he reportedly told sources.
The show will conclude with the sounding of the World War II air raid sirens. That ending is definitely the ambition, Knight revealed to a media portal. That’s Knight’s endgame.