After nine years, the last series of Peaky Blinders is here, Ed Cumming said in The Independent. A movie spin-off is in the pipeline, but as far as the small screen goes, this is the finale; the end of one of the most striking dramas in recent British television history.
A hit all over the world Peaky Blinders is such a phenomenon that it’s easy to forget what “a hopeless prospect” it first seemed: a “stylized epic British gangster western set in little-loved Birmingham in the post-WW1 years, with plenty of violence, booze, Drugs, fags and sex” – accompanied by a modern rock soundtrack.
Although not filmed in Birmingham, Peaky Blinders changed the image of the city and put the entire region on the global tourist map; But for me, it was most valuable as “a fashion rebuke for our disgusting era,” Stuart Jeffries said in The guard.
What a joy to see “Beau Brummies showing off their heteronormative, masculinist stuff” season after season. The show’s creator and writer Steven Knight bestowed swagger on Brum. I take off my cap in front of him.
The “very sad question” hanging over the new series, Carol Midgley said in The times, how it would deal with the death of Helen McCrory, who was as brilliant as the fearsome Polly Gray. The reply was “with class, something McCrory had in bucket loads”.
In the opening scenes, Polly’s body was given to crime boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), who had been punished for caring for her so much. The drama then jumped to 1933. It was elegantly done; but McCrory’s absence still left a terrible hole.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/tv-radio/955956/peaky-blinders-the-drama-that-transformed-the-image-of-birmingham Peaky Blinders: The Drama That Changed Birmingham’s Image