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3 little-known facts about Peaky Blinders, the legendary series

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Certain series have left their mark on the history of pop culture. The production of a nugget, however, relies on a fragile balance that is often unknown to the general public. From casting to script choices, including enmities or moments of grace, the destiny of a creation sometimes reveals real surprises. Here are 3 secrets from filming Peaky Blinders by Steven Knight.

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Peaky Blinders is largely inspired by the real story

It is not always easy to separate fact from fiction in the series. For example, the political impact of the Shelby clan is largely exaggerated, even invented by the screenwriters. We do know, however, that a gang called the Peaky Blinders did indeed exist in Birmingham, as confirmed by Screenrant.

The latter saw the light of day in the slums of England in the midst of the industrial revolution. Little by little, this gang became very influential and gained the upper hand over its Italian-British rivals the Sabini. Their rivalry is also shown in season 2 of the series.

Cillian Murphy has a big problem with his haircut

Cillian Murphy's look (and his charisma) made his character Thomas Shelby an icon among fans. But the Irish actor actually hates the haircut he wears throughout the five seasons.

Our colleagues from Metroreport that the star never understood the public's fascination with the latter and he provides an unglamorous detail. Indeed, if the British working classes often wore this cut, it was to better fight against the lice which were then wreaking havoc. We are therefore quite far from the swag sought by certain people in the 2020s.

Cillian Murphy wanted this production to be British

Cillian Murphy explained to the Birmingham Mail that he surely would not have participated in the series if it were an American production. It is above all a practical aspect: “There, you have to commit to at least 12 episodes per year. You don't have time to do anything else.(…), I couldn't do that”.

That's all for today. Are you one of the unconditional fans of this series ? Don't hesitate to remind us of your memories in the comments. If you liked the article, you can still find one of the previous parts of this section here.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116