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How Peaky Blinders Changed British Period Drama

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Peaky Blinders differed from previous British period dramas, and in doing so, it changed the genre and showed what was possible in episodic TV storytelling.

Set in Britain between the First and Second World Wars, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his family were shockingly unlike the dames in ball gowns audiences had grown to expect from a British drama set in this period of history.

Peaky Blinders was the breath of fresh air the genre needed. First airing in 2013, Peaky Blinders tracked the rise of an ambitious Birmingham-based gang that shares its name with the show.

The Shelby family accumulated wealth and power over the course of six seasons through gambling initiatives, the export of motorcars, and covert missions for the British government.

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