BBC Two Orders 1920’s Gangster Drama Series ‘Peaky Blinders’

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BBC Two has ordered a new period drama series titled Peaky Blinders. The drama series, which hails from Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions, has been given a six episode order for its first season, which is set to air in 2013.

Created by Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in 1919 and follows the extended Delaney family whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of post-war Birmingham: the ‘Peaky Blinders.’ The gang got their name for their practise of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, and they make their money from off track betting, protection and robbery. The gang is led by Tommy, the most ruthless brother of them all, whose leadership is about to be put to the test. A ruthless new police chief arrives in town from Belfast to clean up the city and, perhaps more lethally, a beautiful woman arrives in the neighborhood with a mysterious past and a dangerous secret. The drama series is being produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions, with Steven Knight, Caryn Mandabach, Greg Brenman, Jamie Glazebrook, Frith Tiplady and Matthew Read serving as executive producers.

Speaking of the Peaky Blinders, series creator Steven Kinght said: “The story I want to tell is based on family legend and historical fact. It is a fiction woven into a factual landscape which is breathtakingly dramatic and cinematic, but which for very English reasons has been consigned to historical text books.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “Building on BBC Two’s reputation for world-class drama, Peaky Blinders is a phenomenally authored drama series shedding light on a piece of hidden British history. Authentic, bloody and utterly compelling, Peaky Blinders welcomes Steven Knight and Otto Bathurst to BBC Two and adds another boldly crafted drama to our roster of upcoming shows.”

While Greg Brenman, Head of Drama for Tiger Aspect Productions, and Caryn Mandabach, Chief Executive of Caryn Mandabach Productions, added: “Speaking on behalf of Greg Brenman at Tiger, and all of the other producers who are fortunate enough to be associated with this groundbreaking work, we couldn’t be more lucky or more honored to be supporting Steven’s vision. This is television at its best.”