RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – ‘Heathens’ (Series 4, Episode 2)

“It’s hard to know where to start with such an action-packed episode, so let’s begin with the performances. Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory are so consistently excellent that you almost forget the spells they weave with their craft on a regular basis. In ‘Heathens’, both of them were breathtakingly brilliant as Tommy and Polly worked their way through the gamut of emotions; from grief, to fear, to cold-hard resignation. Paul Anderson was equally spell-binding as he conveyed Arthur’s gut-wrenching heartbreak at losing his little brother. He’s always great at conveying the almost childlike simplicity of the eldest Shelby brother’s emotions and his predilection to wearing his heart on his sleeve, yet he was particularly good in this episode at putting across his confusion, rage and vulnerability.” Danielle’s Recap/Review of the gut-wrenching 2nd episode. … Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – ‘Heathens’ (Series 4, Episode 2)

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RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 6

“As to how things will move forward after this apparent changing of the guard, for all of John, Arthur’s and now Michael’s violent tendencies, it’s the women in the family who should worry Tommy the most now that he’s alone and vulnerable. Polly particularly. When she told her nephew that she’d bring his empire down if her son killed Hughes, I suspect she meant it.” Danielle takes a look at the explosive Series 3 finale. … Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 6

RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 5

“…about mid-way through the orgy I realised I miss the simpler times back at The Garrison from earlier series. It’s not that I was shocked or offended by all that bare flesh. It’s not even the fact that it was totally over the top either. From the very beginning Peaky Blinders has always had more in common with a graphic novel or a comic book than it has with the gritty realism of so many other British TV shows. It’s rather that I found myself getting a little bored with the whole hammering home over and over of the ‘Otherness’ of those “fookin’mad” Russians.” Danielle underlines the highs and lows in this penultimate episode of the Series. … Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 5

RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders -Series 3, Episode 4

“The thing that Peaky Blinders always seems to do exceptionally well is to offer up a haunting image or theme that just won’t leave viewers alone until the next instalment. Here there were many, including the ritualistic sacrifice of the stag that mirrored the future threat to the Shelby family, and the truly awful cracking sound as Hughes’ thugs pressed Tommy’s head against the tiled wall, a noise which has been ringing in my ears ever since I first heard it.” Danielle takes a look at the edge of the seat drama in this week’s episode.… Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders -Series 3, Episode 4

RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 2

“Major plaudits need to be given to Paddy Considine for embodying the truly grotesque newcomer, Father John Hughes. He’s already a more convincing, shudder-inducing villain than Campbell was in his whole two-series stint, demonstrating the kind of realistic threat to the Shelby empire that Sam Neill’s scenery chewing Major fell short of previously. I dread to think what he and his cohorts have planned for Tommy next.” Danielle’s analysis of episode 2 of the period drama.… Read More RECAP & REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Series 3, Episode 2