silver_sun
25 September 2014 @ 12:03 pm
Peaky Blinders - series 2  
Peaky Blinders is back on next Thursday - the 2nd October at 9pm on BBC1 for another six episodes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/39/peaky-blinders

For those who don't know it's period drama set in Birmingham just after the end of WW1, series 1 was 1919, series two is going to be 20/21.

I posted about it here http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/tag/series%3A%20peaky%20blinders

And having started a rewatch of series one I'm in agreement with what I said on first viewing:

It's not comfortable watching. It's not a cosy costume drama or a grand family saga or love saves the day cross class relationship. It's gang warfare and corruption. It's violent and it doesn't shy away from it, it's not glamourised, it's brutal and pervasive, an inescapable part of the characters lives. Nobody in it really comes out as a hero, just about everybody does questionable or objectionable things. Everything in it is driven by the characters actions, and as terrible, foolish or unpleasant as those actions are by the time they take them you know why they have. You can't condone their actions, but you still find yourself wanting them to succeed.


So looking forward to seeing just what will happen to the Shelbys, Aunt Polly and the rest of them in the new series.
 
 
silver_sun
29 October 2013 @ 12:49 pm
Peaky Blinders Series 2  
Peaky Blinders has been renewed for a second series.

BBC site here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fj945 lots of good pictures.


Peaky Blinders, BBC Two's between-the-wars drama, is to return for a second series in 2014.

The show, which takes its name from the gang's habit of wearing flat caps with razor blades hidden in the peaks, is set in post World War I Birmingham.

Its first series drew audiences of around 2.4 million, the BBC press office said.

Creator Steven Knight said it was a story of "extraordinary times" told in an "extraordinary way".

A second six-part series, which will start filming early next year, will see the Shelby family expand their empire to the north and south while maintaining a stronghold in their Birmingham heartland.

Mr Knight said: "I am so pleased we will be able to continue to tell this story of a working class family living through extraordinary times in an extraordinary way.

"The Peaky Blinders will march on to many surprising places and fight astonishing battles as the 1920s begin to roar."

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said the show was "utterly compelling" and was delighted with the prospect of its return.


Information from this BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-24684419
 
 
silver_sun
21 October 2013 @ 09:17 pm
Ripper Street and Peaky Blinders.  
Ripper Street is back on next Monday night for a second series :)

Trailer from the official BBC Youtube.



Damien Molony (Hal from Being Human) is appearing in this series, although how often and as who I don't know. You can spot him very briefly a couple of times in the trailer.

Does anybody else watch it?

Also just finished watching on the BBC Iplayer Peaky Blinders. Has anybody else been watching it? Thought it was a very good series and hope they make a second.
I think the thing that got me was that they decided to basically not have any out right good or bad characters. And that there were a goo half dozen points where I thought I knew exactly how they would play it out, how it would have played out in just about everything else and they didn't. There was one where they did, but I can't say without giving away plot. And there's one that they left it on that could end up being cliche, but after how they've obviously played with tropes in parts of it then I don't know how they'll play it out.

It's not comfortable watching. It's not a cosy costume drama or a grand family saga or love saves the day cross class relationship. It's gang warfare and corruption. It's violent and it doesn't shy away from it, it's not glamourised, it's brutal and pervasive, an inescapable part of the characters lives. Nobody in it really comes out as a hero, just about everybody does questionable or objectionable things. Everything in it is driven by the characters actions, and as terrible, foolish or unpleasant as those actions are by the time they take them you know why they have. You can't condone their actions, but you still find yourself wanting them to succeed.

It's on the BBC Iplayer until Thursday if anybody is interested in it. And probably in other places ;) after that.