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Peaky Blinders

Series 2 - Episode 3

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Review

In one of several great scenes, the mother of the boy Arthur beat to a pulp in the boxing ring pays him a call at the Garrison pub. “Somebody has got to stop you people!” she roars, reminding us – as the script does, occasionally – that the Blinders are not some friendly neighbourhood bookies or loveable folk heroes, but thugs who wreck lives.

That may be why Aunt Pol (the wonderful Helen McCrory) is trying to protect her new-found son from his cousins’ clutches. It’s another strong storyline that doesn’t bode well – this second series is heaving with them.

We get more of Camden Town “baker” Tom Hardy, who only needs one scene an episode to run away with, plus a posh new female character (played by Hardy’s other half, Charlotte Riley), and a subplot about a lad who fancies himself as a cowboy. You know a drama is on song when even tiny characters ring this true.

Summary

Tommy comes up with a plan to take control of the southern racecourses, and also sees an opportunity to move up in the world, and has his head turned by the aristocratic May Carleton. However, London gangster Darby Sabini and Major Campbell are plotting the downfall of the Shelbys.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Shelby Cillian Murphy
Maj Chester Campbell Sam Neill
Polly Gray Helen McCrory
Arthur Shelby Paul Anderson
Ada Shelby Sophie Rundle
John Shelby Joe Cole
May Carleton Charlotte Riley
Charlie Strong Ned Dennehy
Michael Gray Finn Cole
Darby Sabini Noah Taylor
Alfie Solomons Tom Hardy
Sgt Moss Tony Pitts
Finn Shelby Harry Kirton
George Sewell Sam Hazeldine
Mrs Ross Lizzy McInnerny
Billy Kitchen Paul Bullion
Sir Ian Carleton Guy Williams
Ollie Adam El Hagar
Curly Ian Peck
Bonnie Barry Aird
Digbeth kid James Eeles
Polly's young maid Maisie Turpie
Grieving woman Erin Shanagher
Winson Green heavy Martin William Askew
Auctioneer Nigel Hastings
Director Colm McCarthy
Producer Laurie Borg
Writer Steven Knight
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