BBC TWO: The Real Peaky Blinders

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Period14 Mar 2022

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  • TitleThe Real Peaky Blinders
    Media name/outletBBC Two
    Media typeTelevision
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionAs the Peaky Blinders start to evolve from a mass gang movement interested in territory and fighting into the first organised crime gangs in Britain, we follow the career of petty thief Billy Kimber. With his Birmingham gang, Billy rises to dominate the illegal money-spinning rackets around horse racing at the start of the 20th century.

    World War I disrupts his quest to build an empire, but after the war Kimber moves south to take over the rackets in the lucrative southern English racecourses. This brings him into conflict with powerful London gangs, including Jewish bookmakers like Alfie Solomon and Edward Emanuel, who seek help from the notorious Sabini Gang of Clerkenwell’s Little Italy. It leads to the racecourse wars of 1921, with hundreds of gangsters fighting pitched battles for control of Britain’s racecourses.
    PersonsEloise Moss


  • organised crime
  • British history