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UK NewsPeaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang?

09:30  25 august  2019
09:30  25 august  2019 Source:   digitalspy.com

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The real Peaky Blinders fought pitched battles on Britain’s racecourses for control of the riches of on-course betting between the world wars. Bookies were intimidated, the police bribed to look away and shots were fired as large groups of Birmingham’s “hard men” roamed the country. This true story , told

Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama television series created by Steven Knight, that premiered on BBC Two on 12 September 2013. The series is primarily set in Birmingham, England

Peaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang? © BBC Studios/Caryn Mandabach Productions - BBC The real Peaky Blinders, how much of the BBC crime drama is actually true?

Peaky Blinders season five kicks off this weekend (August 25) and it's time to see what's next for Tommy Shelby and the rest of the gang as they face the Wall Street crash, rival gangs and a possible alliance with Fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

But what about their real-life counterparts? Who were they and what actually happened to them?

Just like in the TV show, the real Peaky Blinders were a notorious Birmingham gang involved in gambling, robbery, protection rackets and violence.

Peaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang? © West Midlands Police Museum Real Peaky Blinders, West Midlands Police Museum

In fact, creator Stephen Knight was inspired to write Peaky Blinders because his dad's uncles, the Sheldons, were bookmakers and part of the Peaky Blinders' heritage. In an interview with History Extra he revealed that his dad's stories gave him his first vision of the show.

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PEAKY Blinders has won legions of fans worldwide, who are eager to catch the premiere of season five on August 25. The gang of Brummies which Inside the REAL Peaky Blinders criminal gang that inspired the BBC series. Gang man style. Find out whether Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders

The Peaky Blinders were a real gang , which makes me feel better because, if you were going to make up a name for a gang on a TV show, " Peaky "When I took Cillian [Murphy] up to the real Garrison, which is in Small Heath, to meet some of the people I know from round there, we spent quite a

"One of the stories that really made me want to write Peaky Blinders is one my dad told me... His dad gave him a message and said 'Go and deliver this to your uncles'... My dad knocked on the door and there was a table with about eight men... immaculately dressed, wearing caps and with guns in their pockets. The table was covered with money...

"Just that image – smoke, booze and these immaculately dressed men in this slum in Birmingham – I thought, that's the mythology, that's the story, and that's the first image I started to work with."

Peaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang? © BBC Peaky Blinders, Season 5, Cillian Murphy

The actual Peaky Blinders were around from the 1890s rather than the 1920s, so that differs from the BBC series. Most of their members were young men, and some could be as young as 12.

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PEAKY Blinders has won legions of fans worldwide, but even loyal followers of the series may not know what inspired the blockbuster series. It is much debated as to whether the Peaky Blinders were a single gang or a term that referred to a number of violent youths.

They were purely a street gang though and didn't have Tommy's political ambition. They did, however, go even further than Tommy – or even Arthur – in their casual violence. On top of the robberies and skirmishes with rival gangs, they also assaulted the police.

If you thought their violence against others was bad, the fights between themselves were even worse. Knight's uncle said (via The Mirror) that in one fight between two Peaky Blinders, "they didn't care about each other's eyes, ears, throats. They were like dogs fighting."

The popular story is that their name came from the razor blades in their caps. Historian Carl Chinn (via Birmingham Mail) suggested that this is most likely a myth. Razor blades were only starting to be used in the 1890s and so were prohibitively expensive at the time. It’s much more likely their name came from the peaks of their caps and the fact that 'blinder' was slang for their well-dressed appearance.

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The cast of the TV show Peaky Blinders - based on real Birmingham gangsCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Professor Chinn’s findings suggest the Peaky Blinders were followed by a large pre-war gang called the Brummagem Boys - a “loose collection of

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Peaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang? © BBC Peaky Blinders, Season 5
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The Peaky Blinders ruled the Birmingham streets for decades but by the 1910s they'd lost power to rival gang the Birmingham Boys. Although they'd lost the top spot, it's been suggested that the term 'Peaky Blinders' came to refer to any street gang in Birmingham.

Billy Kimber, the leader of the Birmingham Boys, could even be a model for Tommy. A minor character in season one, in real life Kimber was charismatic and intelligent and became the most powerful gangster in England. Kimber had another base in London and formed alliances with other gangs in Leeds and Uttoxeter.

But it wasn't just the increasing dominance of other gangs that led to the end of the Peaky Blinders. Stricter policing and tougher sentencing meant that many left the gang and few joined. Children were increasingly going to school and learning discipline and new boxing clubs gave many an alternative to the gang. By the 1920s the remaining Peaky Blinders moved to the countryside and largely disappeared from view as the Sabinis, another gang, claimed all their Birmingham territories.

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History is silent on a decadent era when guns and gangs held sway. Zoe Williams reveals the extraordinary story of Birmingham’s very own This atmosphere is captured wonderfully in Peaky Blinders . But when you do research, get papers from the period, you realise this is what happened .

The BBC's popular drama " Peaky Blinders " paints a picture of the notorious gangs in Birmingham following World War One. But who were the real Peaky Blinders ?

Peaky Blinders' true story - What happened to the real-life gang? © BBC Peaky Blinders, Tom Hardy

Most Peaky Blinders reformed and were too ashamed to tell their children about their past.

But don't expect that to happen to the Shelbys – at least, not in this series…

Peaky Blinders series five returns to BBC One on Sunday, August 25 at 9pm.

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