'Outstanding': Brummies react to This Town - the Birmingham TV drama from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight

The new show from the Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has received largely positive reviews - but what do locals think of the Birmingham and Coventry based drama?
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Steven Knight’s show is set in Birmingham and Coventry, and is based around the societal issues of the early 80s, with some humour thrown in, too.

Set in a world of family ties and teenage kicks, This Town tells the story of a band’s formation against a backdrop of violence, capturing how creativity can emerge from difficult surroundings.

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The Ska and Two-tone revival that emerged in Coventry and Birmingham is a huge part of the show and reviews have largely been good. The Guardian called the show ‘bold’ with the Telegraph labelling it ‘something special’. Although one Guardian review called the show ‘confused’ due the number of themes in the series.

But what do Brummies think of the show? We asked our readers on Facebook what they thought of This Town. Many people loved the show, although not everyone was impressed. Here’s what people said.

‘It’s outstanding’

Lee responded: “A great series. Really enjoying it.”

Sinead said: “Absolutely brilliant. I thought the first episode was a little slow, but needed to be to set the scene. The rest of it was great.”

Emma praised Levi Brown’s lead performance as Dante, writing: “Levi Brown is outstanding.”

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Wendy wrote: “I enjoyed it. A bit of poetic licence in places but so had Peaky Blinders. It is fiction. I think it has the potential to develop. It took me a while to get into Peaky Blinders.” Helen wrote: “Well, I thought Michelle Dockery gave a fine performance.”

Lisa added: “Loved it. Love Steven Knight’s writing, love the cast and the soundtrack was awesome.”

Janey wrote: “Really enjoyed it and thought the accents were good! Must be in the minority but each to their own.”

Not everyone was impressed though. Nicholas wrote: “It improves but it is very clunky in places. There are some tremendous performances from the actors but there's an element of youth theatre about it.”

This Town Steven Knight at The Roost pub in Small Heath on August 12This Town Steven Knight at The Roost pub in Small Heath on August 12
This Town Steven Knight at The Roost pub in Small Heath on August 12
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Dawn wrote about the first episode: “Being a Brummie and a huge Peakys fan after all the hype was looking forward to a fast paced interesting music fest. Was hugely disappointed, it was too slow, the story line wasn't coherent, the odd bit of background music to keep the watcher interested. I will give episode 2 a watch, after all I stopped watching Peakys half way through the first episode, gave it another go months later and was hooked!”

Stella added: “I liked it. Good to recognise the places but accent still not right. If only the actors had spent a week or two in the city they would have picked up accent easily.”

Let us know what you think lof the show in the comments below.

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