Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Peaky Blinders is 'cinematic' TV

Peaky Blinders co-stars Sophie Rundle, Helen McCrory and Annabelle Wallis says the new TV drama feels more like a film

Helen McCrory has said new series Peaky Blinders will change the face of British period drama.

The Skyfall actress, who stars in the 1920s Birmingham gangland-set show, said it was a departure from the usual historical dramas on TV.

She said: "What British drama does superbly is rather sad stories of struggling working class boys coming back from the war - we're good at looking at the realism.

"[Director Otto Bathurst] said we're going to have realism but this is going to be shot like a Western. These are archetypes, these are heroes, these people don't see themselves as victims at all, and we're going to put it with White Stripes, we're going to put it with Nick Cave, it's going to look fantastic.

"You've never seen anything like it on telly and it's a new way of defining British period drama."

Sophie Rundle, who also stars in the BBC show, agreed: "It wasn't the normal sort of corsets and bonnets and sweet young things, it was a lot more real than that. It was epic and cinematic and it had a lot of energy about it even on the page."

Co-star Annabelle Wallis said Peaky Blinders felt much more like a movie than TV.

She said: "It's a modern take on a period drama. It's filmed almost like Ridley Scott's Bladerunner. It's very fast paced, very muscular, very intelligent and it's dealing with sub cultures that are very relevant today like the gang culture, political divides, social and economic divides.

"I don't think you deal with period drama in England in this way. It's very modern, it's very urban."

Peaky Blinders airs on BBC Two on September 12.

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