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Isn't There Anyone Who Watches Peaky Blinders?

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TigOldBitties Mon 30-Sep-13 18:18:33

It was a slow starter but I'm now totally gripped.

I'm surprised that there seem to be so few people watching it.

Surely it having Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson in it should be enough?

VioletStar Mon 30-Sep-13 18:20:01

I watched first episode. Saving the rest as DH works abroad, and we like to watch together. Guessing it gets even better? Slow burner in first episode but gripped by end.

TigOldBitties Mon 30-Sep-13 18:49:40

I think that because it isn't a topic that most people would be familiar with they did a lot scene setting in the first episode. I know this happens with dramas anyway but I think that it did seem particularly slow.

However it has really picked up.

I know when it first aired, there was a thread on here about the accents being awful, but once you get past the accent maybe not being what you'd expected its good. I'm totally enthralled by Cillian's character and its really become the TV programme that I look forward to and don't want to end.

I'm already worrying enough people aren't watching it for there to be a second series!

GemmaTeller Mon 30-Sep-13 18:52:53

I like it <waves> although it has now been renamed Pesky Blinders in our house smile

I very much like the funky theme music throughout as well.

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 18:56:01

We tried, but just couldn't get past the accents.
I don't care who is in it, I want quality performance over big names.

TigOldBitties Mon 30-Sep-13 19:00:02

The music is good. I'm sure one ep had No Church In The Wild.

I do actually think they are quality performances. The accent thing to me is a bit of a red herring. My area's accent is regularly brutalised on TV and film, so it not something that I find grating or essential to the story line. Also as the accents are all very similar I read it was intentional confused

I wouldn't say Paul Anderson is a big name more that I like looking at him and Cillian Murphy than that they are 'big names'. Did notice Cillian is actually quite short though, put me off him a bit!

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 19:06:02

Yes, you may be right Tig about the performances being good.
I haven't stuck around long enough to find out though.
I say get a bloody dialect coach in, or get someone else.
For me that's important, I realise it's not the same for everyone.

TigOldBitties Mon 30-Sep-13 19:31:18

No I understand Isla because sometimes there is just something about a programme or even a piece of music that just grates and overrides any of the other good parts.

I'm not that familiar with Brummie accents anyway so I probably find it less irritating than other people anyway.

It is a shame that with such investment, big names, good quality drama that they have let it down by not sorting out the accents.

SauvignonBlanche Mon 30-Sep-13 19:36:11

I like it but I wish they'd set it somewhere else.

ReginaldBlinker Mon 30-Sep-13 19:36:18

Yes, I love Cillian Murphy that show!

The accents are rubbish, but are in most films and tv shows, so I don't really let that bother me too much.

TigOldBitties Mon 30-Sep-13 19:44:24

I thought the Peaky Blinders were real and thats why it had to be in Birmingham?

Its quite nice not to have something set in London, (don't have to watch my own East End accent being butchered) but has proved how little geography I know. Last week I was googling where Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Birmingham all were and then having to work out where they are in relation to London so it could make a bit more sense. Realise HBO means I have a better knowledge of USA/NYC/New Jersey than here!

ReginaldBlinker Mon 30-Sep-13 19:53:57

TigOldBitties Yes, you're right. It is based on a real gang, and they were based in Birmingham.

Pixel Mon 30-Sep-13 20:48:06

I've only got round to watching the first one but I do intend to watch the others eventually.

LAlady Mon 30-Sep-13 23:25:48

This series is so good. Am now completely up to date and loving every minute. So glad we stuck at it - first episode was a bit slow.

valiumredhead Wed 02-Oct-13 23:14:32

Aha! Was just about to start a thread. I'm on episode 2 and love it. I don't mind the accents, I've heard worse. I was reading that back then accents would have been very different to how they are today. The only character I'm unsure of and find less than convincing is the undercover blonde woman.

TigOldBitties Thu 03-Oct-13 18:01:04

Is anyone watching this tonight?

ReginaldBlinker Thu 03-Oct-13 21:05:03

Wouldn't miss it grin

valiumredhead Thu 03-Oct-13 21:18:26

No, Dh is hogging the remoteangry will catch up tomorrow

ReginaldBlinker Thu 03-Oct-13 21:19:12

Valium If you have sky, you can control the box from their app... It's brilliant for when dp won't give me the remote grin

ExitPursuedByADragon Thu 03-Oct-13 21:20:39

DH is watching. I am MNetting.

cocoleBOO Thu 03-Oct-13 21:21:31

I like it but Sam Neils accent is shocking. I think he must have learnt it from lan Paisley.

I like the fact that they play the White Stripes through it.

SauvignonBlanche Thu 03-Oct-13 21:22:14

I am, whilst MNing.

ThePortlyPinUp Thu 03-Oct-13 22:05:58

I love it, I even have secret saucy thoughts about both Arthur and John as well as Tommy.

Rollergirl1 Thu 03-Oct-13 22:40:51

I think it's fucking brilliant. I thought the accents were all over the place in episode 1 but not bothering about it now. Have noticed they've played White Stripes tracks in every episode. Loved tonight's episode. Poor Tommy getting the blame for Freddie's arrest when it was the Irish bint that stitched him up?

TigOldBitties Fri 04-Oct-13 00:00:34

Sorry didn't get to watch it tonight.

6 year old DD has been a nightmare meaning I had to do 'active parenting' until it was over. Little fucker has no sense of timing!

Am going to watch tomorrow and report back, sounds like it was a good ep though.

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