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Old September 24th, 2019, 08:55 PM   #241
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I was under the impression Shelby was still a prominent figure in gangland Birmingham in the sixties.
Peaky Blinders were a gang in 1890’s. They pretty much died by 1930. It’s said that they were mainly teenagers and early 20yr olds. So Tommy if real must have lived a very long life.

Whether there were other Shelby’s is a different matter. In any case, non of the gang had the name Shelby apparently.
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Old September 25th, 2019, 01:07 AM   #242
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I was under the impression Shelby was still a prominent figure in gangland Birmingham in the sixties.

No. Tommy Shelby is a fictional figure in the programme. The Blinders were finished by 1910. Other gangs called the Birmingham Boys and the Brummagem Boys became the main gangs in the 20s and 30s.


Birmingham's most notorious gangsters in the 60s were the Fewtrell family.
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Old September 25th, 2019, 11:26 AM   #243
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In the Accidental Gangster isn't it Tommy Shelby who leads the Krays to the Fewtrells?
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In the Accidental Gangster isn't it Tommy Shelby who leads the Krays to the Fewtrells?

The book?

I have no idea Jim. Maybe somebody could clear this up. Perhaps this is where Steven Knight got the name from.

Is there potential for a film of The Accidental Gangster I wonder?
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Old September 25th, 2019, 03:46 PM   #245
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Yes. It's a good book particularly for those from, or with an interest in Brum, and it's surrounding area. I assumed most on here would have read it.

I did google it to see if there was a quick answer to Shelby being mentioned (I'm sure he was) and that search does bring up rumours of a film or tv series, with Knight involved.
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Old September 25th, 2019, 04:09 PM   #246
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Yes. It's a good book particularly for those from, or with an interest in Brum, and it's surrounding area. I assumed most on here would have read it.

I did google it to see if there was a quick answer to Shelby being mentioned (I'm sure he was) and that search does bring up rumours of a film or tv series, with Knight involved.

That would be fantastic. I hope it isn't just rumour.
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Old September 25th, 2019, 07:10 PM   #247
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Knight has just done a half-hour Media Show on Radio 4.

Excellent listening, and...said proposed studio is "Central Birmingham" with negotiations ongoing for "Listed Buildings."

I reckon Digbeth.
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I was under the impression Shelby was still a prominent figure in gangland Birmingham in the sixties.

No. Tommy Shelby is a fictional figure in the programme. The Blinders were finished by 1910. Other gangs called the Birmingham Boys and the Brummagem Boys became the main gangs in the 20s and 30s.


Birmingham's most notorious gangsters in the 60s were the Fewtrell family.
The Fewtrells weren’t really gangsters, more businessmen who didn’t take kindly to gangsters trying to offer them ‘protection’. Nightclub owner Eddie (Rebecca’s, Pollyanna’s) was approached by the Krays, and turned down their offer of protection on the grounds that he had 7 or 8 brothers and didn’t need their ‘help’. They sent a gunman to make another ‘offer’, Eddie wrestled with him and the gun went off and shot the Londoner in the ear. Hence ‘accidental’. The Krays sent a firm up on the train to settle it, but they were met on arrival and the battle of Snow Hill ensued, with the Brummies (the Fewtrells were, like Billy Kimber, from Aston), victorious. One of the gang, Sean Mahoney, was still drinking in the Woodman until fairly recently ( I last saw him about 15 years ago).

I think it could be a great film.
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I was under the impression Shelby was still a prominent figure in gangland Birmingham in the sixties.
Peaky Blinders were a gang in 1890’s. They pretty much died by 1930. It’s said that they were mainly teenagers and early 20yr olds. So Tommy if real must have lived a very long life.

Whether there were other Shelby’s is a different matter. In any case, non of the gang had the name Shelby apparently.
The Shelby name was arrived at by combining the names of two real Small Heath families, the Sheldons and (I think) the Granbys (it was something ending in ‘by’ anyway).

The actual story in the first series, when it was more of a representation of reality, was based on the exploits of the ‘Brummagem boys’ or ‘mob’, the racecourse gang led by Billy Kimber from Aston, who was England’s most notorious gangster. His rivals really were the Sabrini family, who shot him, but not fatally. He fled to the US to escape arrest where, legend has it, Al Capone looked after him. He eventually returned to England and saw out his days on the south coast.
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The Fewtrells had been involved in bribery and violence long before the Krays came calling.
That said they made Birmingham a good night out and their establishments were almost always 'trouble free.'
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The Fewtrells had been involved in bribery and violence long before the Krays came calling.
That said they made Birmingham a good night out and their establishments were almost always 'trouble free.'
Indeed. When I was a yute with no job I was in Pollyanna’s til the death several nights a week. Weekends were for going north though, to Northern Soul all-nighters.
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Old September 29th, 2019, 12:49 AM   #252
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Peaky Blinders Appreciation Thread

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Old October 1st, 2019, 02:54 AM   #253
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Where is Peaky Blinders filmed? (This isn't just one of those standard 'Where is it filmed?' articles - it's worth a read)


www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-09-29/where-is-peaky-blinders-filmed/
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Why Peaky Blinders has struck a chord around the world (PB is about to start on Netflix).


www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/television/why-peaky-blinders-has-struck-a-chord-around-the-world-1.918059


According to the article, visitors to Birmingham have increased by 26% since the first series and this increase is mainly down to tourists from the US.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/PeakyBlinde...tm_name=iossmf
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Old October 6th, 2019, 12:55 PM   #256
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Why Peaky Blinders has struck a chord around the world (PB is about to start on Netflix).


www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/television/why-peaky-blinders-has-struck-a-chord-around-the-world-1.918059


According to the article, visitors to Birmingham have increased by 26% since the first series and this increase is mainly down to tourists from the US.
More US flights for BHX please! There is plenty of interest with Shakespeare/Stratford nearby too I’d have thought
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Old October 8th, 2019, 06:05 AM   #257
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BBC reveals huge streaming figures for 'Peaky Blinders' and 'Killing Eve'.


www.deadline.com/2019/10/peaky-blinders-killing-eve-bbc-reveals-iplayer-data-1202754496/


All five series of Peaky Blinders have racked up 42 million views (no misprint) on BBC iPlayer since July of this year.
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Steven knight may be thinking of doing a movie after season seven according to this video

https://youtu.be/0yVOYtJLeRY
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The idea of a film has been mooted for a couple of years now but the talk about it is growing with each series.


If the show is still riding high when the last series finishes, I think it could work.
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One would hope that a film would be filmed at Mercian Studios - if this is the case it should give us a timeframe for getting the project established.
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