VCT filming: Peaky Blinders

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BBC News item on Peaky Blinders


Peaky Blinders, an epic gangster saga, begins in 1919 in the lawless slum neighbourhoods of post-war Birmingham, Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Guns smuggled home from the trenches find their way onto the streets and become lethal currency. Communists don’t just dream of revolution – they are planning for it and the Government is expecting it. As Churchill mobilises his Special Branch forces, illegal bookmakers make fortunes in speak-easy betting shops and traumatised infantrymen drink away their shell-shock in riotous ale houses.


There is still a gentler city at the fringes, where gypsies and canal boatmen deal horses and tell fortunes but sitting at the top of this industrial jungle are the extended Shelby family, whose many brothers and sisters, cousins and uncles, make up the fiercest gang of all, the “Peaky Blinders”. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, the Peaky Blinders make their money from off-track betting, protection and robbery.


Their boss Tommy Shelby is the most ruthless brother of them all, but his leadership is about to be put to the test, A ruthless new police Chief Inspector named Campbell arrives in town to clean up the city from Belfast to clean up the city and, perhaps more lethally, a beautiful woman – Grace Burgess – arrives in the neighbourhood with a mysterious past and a dangerous secret.


A six-part Caryn Manderbach/ Tiger Aspect co-production for BBCTV


Other locations used for the series  




Chief Inspector Campbell    Sam Neill


Aunt Polly                           Helen McCrory


Freddie Thorne                    Iddo Goldberg


Arthur Shelby                      Paul Anderson


Ada Shelby                         Sophie Rundle


Grace Burgess                    Annabelle Wallis


Winston Churchill                Andy Nyman


Arthur Senior                      Tommy Flanagan


Characters in other scenes, not involving Vintage Carriages Trust:


Thomas Shelby                   Cillian Murphy 


Shooting dates: 13 and 14 November 2012 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway




Episode 1 scenes 12, 17, 46 and 47


Episode 2 scene 68


Episode 5 scene 43J


Episode 6 scenes 34, 90, 91, 95, 98 and 100


Carriages provided by Vintage Carriages Trust:   Metropolitan Railway Third 465


                                                                      Metropolitan Railway First 509


                                                                      Southern Railway “Chatham” Brake Third 3554


Other railway carriages used in the scenes:       Lancashire & Yorkshire Club Carriage no 47


                                                                      Lancashire & Yorkshire Brake Third no 1474


Steam locomotive used: London & North Western Railway Coal Tank no. 1054, numbered as 7799 


Executive Producers: Steven Knight, Caryn Manderbach, Greg Brennan, Jamie Glazebrook, Faith Tiplady and Matthew Read


Producer: Katie Swinden


Line Producer: Brian Kaczynski


Directors: Tom Harper & Otto Bathurst


Designer: Grant Montgomery


Director of Photography: Steven Hall


Production Manager: Rebecca Davies


Location Manager: Andy Morgan


Location Assistant: Claire Stibbon


Graphic Designer: Josephine Watkinson


2nd Assistant Directors: Gemma Nunn, Laura Coggan-Hulmes


3rd Assistant Director: Jack Casey



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