Peaky Blinders: What Birmingham people really think about the BBC drama?

Peaky Blinders has won fans across the globe - but what to the people of Birmingham really think about the drama

The hit television show Peaky Blinders, based on a real life Birmingham gang in post-World War One, has generated a strong interest in the city on a global stage.

With much of the action centred around Small Heath, Digbeth and Nechells and created by Steven Knight who grew up in the area it’s shone a light on the city like never before.

As fans prepare themselves for the final series, starring Cillian Murphy in the lead role as Tommy Shelby, starting on Sunday, February 27, BirminghamWorld took to the streets to find out what the people of Birmingham really think about the BBC One show.

See their comments in the video above - and let us know what you think. Here’s what a couple of our contributors told us.

Naveed, NaveedCentral1, Birmingham

Naveed says: “I feel like it’s amazing in terms of putting Birmingham on the map not just in the UK, but around the world. I was in Rome last year, I met a few people and I told them I’m from Birmingham in England and straight away they were like ‘oh, Peaky Blinders!’ right?

“So it’s crazy how because of Peaky Blinders mentioning Birmingham, it actually putting Birmingham on the map!”

Laura and Anthony, Birmingham

Anthony says: “I personally think that Peaky Blinders has had a positive effect on the city. It’s brought in - I could imagine - a lot of tourism.

“People want to visit the scenes, people want to see the actual clips and that scene on the telly for themselves because they’ve obviously fell in love with the story and how it has been acted.

“So yeah, absolutely. Like I say positive impact.”

Peaky Blinders mural in Digbeth

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