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Peaky Blinders, Series Four

Who saw the first episode this evening? Thoughts? Better than the third series?

This go-round looks to feature the Sicilian Mob, women’s rights campaigners, Unions, Adrien Brody and a hell of a lot of the white stuff. Thank Gods the Gypsies are back.

Programme website: All new Peaky Blinders premiering exclusively on BBC Two.
replies 38Nov 15, 2017 1:48 PM +00:00

He has that haircut we were making fun of in another thread.

replies 1Nov 15, 2017 1:48 PM +00:00

That’s the gang signature style R1. The ones with it are meant to be vicious street kings of mythic proportion so naturally the style has caught public imagination. The eldest brother figure of the gang (Arthur) does not sport it in this season opener, which is some interesting foreshadowing..

Back to episode one. That brutal swerve so early on had me shooketh. Polly is gonna fuck up the Don up royally with some Romani juju when she gets ahold of him.

I am so into the Polly/Tommy tension and I want that to underpin the season. I’m also looking forward to Ava evolving into a Boss-bitch, embracing her true nature.

replies 2Nov 16, 2017 4:35 AM +00:00

Adrian Brody is sinister & menacing and is a good foil for Tommy, but also seems to be overdoing the accent a little....just me? I like his general look & manner for a Mobster, though. I buy it.

Grr, I didn’t want May back on the scene when it comes to Tommy (Pol is the only woman in Tommy’s life, even if he doesn’t realise it yet) but I do want her in the series as an agent in her own mini-plot. I would actually love May to explore some latent lesbianism, she’s got the horse-dyke thing going for her.

replies 3Nov 23, 2017 8:03 AM +00:00

That “I need you back, Pol...”/“Paying for sex, sleeping with whores” exchange between Tommy & Polly in Charlie’s Yard felt like bitterly estranged lovers or spouses tentatively reconnecting. The sexual tension is off-the-charts; Polly feels jealous of his wandering attentions as much betrayed by his machinations, and Tommy can’t stand losing his other half to drugs & Michael.

The bravest move the show could make this season is a canon exploration of that relationship turning somewhat physical, or at least an explicit acknowledgement of their emotions & desires laying dormant.

Bring on episode 3....

replies 4Nov 26, 2017 1:54 PM +00:00

The handsome Paul Anderson (aka Arthur Shelby) is doing an interview on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon. He’s a very down-to-earth, witty bloke. He should get more credit for his work on PB than he does.
replies 5Nov 27, 2017 3:40 AM +00:00

Aiden Gillen (best known as gay lothario Stuart, Brian’s counterpart, in the UK ‘Queer As Folk’) is a newcomer this series, playing the Romani mercenary & rival ally to Tommy, Aberama Gold.

Who is Aberama Gold? Spend a minute with Aidan Gillen and find out... #PeakyBlinders season 4 starts tomorrow, 9pm, BBC Two.
replies 6Nov 27, 2017 5:39 AM +00:00

Bump. Anyone waiting for this week’s ep?

replies 7Nov 28, 2017 2:36 PM +00:00

“I want to get FUCKED.” Polly is a DL ICON.

Programme website: Polly (Helen McCrory) questions Ada (Sophie Rundle) about her sex life and tells of her imminent plans for her own.
replies 8Nov 29, 2017 1:41 PM +00:00

Is Ada the only current living Peaky Blinder who hasn’t yet shot someone dead?

Tommy giving her handgun in Episode 1 felt significant, somehow. But who will she use it on....

replies 9Dec 2, 2017 9:50 AM +00:00

Finn hasn’t, as we just found out R9. He’s a sweet boy and doesn’t seem to want to kill or maim or.assault as is the Shelby wont.

This episode was beautiful look at, Steven Knight really knows what he’s doing cinematographically. The long still shots are particularly gorgeous to linger on.

Am I the only one who doesn’t like Alfie in this? It’s like I can see Tom Hardy trying to remember his lines through the crutches.

replies 10Dec 6, 2017 1:04 PM +00:00
Aiden Gillen (best known as gay lothario Stuart, Brian’s counterpart, in the UK ‘Queer As Folk’

Yes definitely best known as Stuart, not best known as Littlefinger on the world's most popular show.

--Oh the DL.
replies 11Dec 6, 2017 1:19 PM +00:00

We have exquisite taste here, R11.

replies 12Dec 6, 2017 1:46 PM +00:00
Am I the only one who doesn’t like Alfie in this? It’s like I can see Tom Hardy trying to remember his lines through the crutches.

I don’t like the scenes between Alfie & Tommy, either. It was a fun little dynamic in Season One, but it’s tired at this point and lacks purpose. What’s so weird is how Cillian & Tom have chemistry in everything else and work together so well, but in ‘Peaky Blinders’ just act all over each other and create a mess.

replies 13Dec 8, 2017 5:01 AM +00:00

Polly & Aberrama fucking in the woods! Not a swerve but still a shock.

Aiden Gillen is still really sexy even in the dirty Traveler get-up. He has real mystique as an actor.

replies 14Dec 16, 2017 5:39 AM +00:00

The Cole brothers (who play John & Michael) have appealing looks. At least they scrub up.

Finn gives Jon Rhys-Meyers vibes. He’s getting good roles for a 22 year old.
replies 15Dec 16, 2017 9:08 AM +00:00

Wow, I never realized the young guy in Animal Kingdom is a Brit.

replies 16Dec 16, 2017 9:16 AM +00:00

The brothers are Londoners, R16. They put on Brummie accents for ‘Peaky Blinders’.

How is his American accent?

replies 17Dec 16, 2017 10:39 AM +00:00

So excited about this show.

replies 18Dec 16, 2017 10:45 AM +00:00

R17, sounds believable enough since I had no idea he's British. TBH he doesn't talk too much in the show.

replies 19Dec 16, 2017 11:37 AM +00:00

R18 share thoughts! how have you enjoyed the season this year compared with the last? Did it live up to the hype for you?

replies 20Dec 17, 2017 10:36 AM +00:00

Cillian Murphy looks gorgeous in this.
replies 21Dec 19, 2017 3:40 AM +00:00

I can't tell if I think he's not attractive or if it's just the haircut that's doing it. I have the same problem with the former model who plays the starring role in Vikings - the haircut is just too off-putting.

replies 22Dec 19, 2017 3:50 AM +00:00

I must be the only person who doesn't find this series great. It's slick rubbish...and cillian Murphy is too strange looking for me

replies 23Dec 19, 2017 3:55 AM +00:00

It's the first bbc (ok, bbc2) series that I've found to have laughably bad plots, dialogue, accents and acting. ITV really has taken over with costume dramas. This show would be nothing without cigarettes, slo-mo, Nick Cave songs and welding/foundry shots.

But finn and cillian are easy to look at.

replies 24Dec 19, 2017 4:27 AM +00:00

R24 is SUCH an auteur, but can't be bothered to use correct English. She's a stupid cunt and a dullard, but she's an auteur.

Notice that like most know-nothing twats she blames the thing she doesn't get. Rather millennial in spirit, if not in dog years.

replies 25Dec 19, 2017 4:39 AM +00:00

Yeah r25 because PB is soooo well made. It's high art. Unbelievably profound.

Sorry I hurt your little feelings about your special little show. You're a joke and as was pointed out upthread, PB IS slick rubbish.

replies 26Dec 19, 2017 4:58 AM +00:00

R24 I think you give Auntie Beeb far too much credit, honey. The majority of their programming is nigh unwatchable, and they ask the taxpayer to foot the bill for it.

replies 27Dec 19, 2017 6:16 AM +00:00

Omfg at Arthur almost dying??? This show is trying to kill me.

So next season will be the Lizzie/Tommy/Jessie love triangle....ugh, dnw. Tommy is Polly’s man, end of.

replies 28Dec 21, 2017 9:13 AM +00:00

Tommy’s PTSD-breakdown to ‘Pyramid Song’ has forced me to reconsider my opinion of Radiohead. I admit it’s a beautiful song ,and in this scene it chilled me.

‘Black-eyed Angels swam with me...there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt’..
replies 29Dec 24, 2017 2:48 PM +00:00

Would a labor mp openly have a child out of wedlock, the mother still living? Assuming he didn't marry Lizzie because he still has to deal with Jessie.

Hope the actor playing jessie doesn't get a nosejob on break like the blonde one did.

replies 30Dec 24, 2017 4:02 PM +00:00

Just finished the season on Netflix in the US

Excellent as always. Agree that Hardie/Alfie was a little forced, like "we should put Tom Hardy in a few scenes since everyone seemed to like him."

Brody's accent was laughable, like he was doing a parody of a comedian doing a gangster voice.

Plot twists were great-- next season with politician Tommy should be very interesting.

Need to read up on history of communism/socialism in 1920s UK.

replies 31Dec 25, 2017 2:35 PM +00:00

R31 I think Brody was having a lot of fun with his accent. It sounded like it

replies 32Dec 25, 2017 2:49 PM +00:00

I'm sure he was R32. But it just seemed out of place, given the show.

replies 33Dec 25, 2017 2:54 PM +00:00

I would rather have seen more from the Lee boys & Aberama than the Sicilian feud, but it’s easy to see why Brody & cronies were written in now that PB is on Netflix internationally, with an American fanbase.

The first two seasons in particular have more of an exclusively British/BBC feel.

replies 34Dec 26, 2017 3:06 AM +00:00

Is Peaky Blinders eligible for Emmy noms now it’s available globally?

replies 35Dec 27, 2017 3:33 AM +00:00
Brody's accent was laughable, like he was doing a parody of a comedian doing a gangster voice.

Adrian Brody was doing a straight up Marlon Brando in the Godfather. But exactly.

Director to Adrian Brody: "Yeah just do an impression of Marlon Brando in The Godfather, yep that's great, and just throw in an Italian hand for good measure" #PeakyBlinders

I didn't realize that was Aiden Gillan.

Also, isn't Polly Tommy's biological aunt?

replies 36Dec 31, 2017 1:02 PM +00:00
I didn't realize that was Aiden Gillan.

Viewers on Twitter were saying the same thing, he just disappeared into character. He’s an excellent tv actor, and did a fine job on Peakys. I’m hoping &praying writers bring Aberama back for the next series.

replies 37Jan 2, 2018 5:14 AM +00:00
Also, isn't Polly Tommy's biological aunt?

Unclutch. Daenerys/Jon has been excellent for ratings.

--David Benioff, swimming in my gelt like Scrooge McDuck
replies 38Jan 2, 2018 5:16 AM +00:00