I've heard a lot about this series and TBH, I've only taken a look at series 4 (the last one), mostly when it was on BBC2 in late 2017, and a few months ago, I bought series 4 from WHSmith's for £8.99. It has very stylish and moody cinematography, almost like a spaghetti western, and Tommy Shelby comes across as a very powerful and violent man you don't want to mess with yet he is very loyal to his family and will let nothing come between him and them. He is also a player and doesn't mind playing a part in power games. I thought there some entertaining action set-pieces and the characters like Tommy's moustached brother and 2nd in command were certainly larger than life. They are currently filming series 5 in Manchester and it will be on BBC1 later this year. Looks like it followed Line Of Duty's path.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
The Brummie accents are terrible. Helen McCrory sounds like a scouser. BBC diversity agenda in effect -Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city but I don't think there were many rastafarians around in the 1920s.
I have watched the fifth series of this because it gets so much hype but I really don't think too much of it. Like dscarter says above it is stylish and moody, it is certainly directed with tremendous energy and in many ways it is entertaining but from an historical point of view it is a load of rubbish. I suppose if you accept it as being set in a parallel 1930s universe then you can get on with enjoying it but I can't understand why anyone would set any piece of film in a certain time if the writers can't understand or aren't able to use the reality of that era in the story. Almost every detail is bogus and the whole thing reflects modern attitudes only. Everything gets thrown in - Oswald Mosley, the IRA, the UVF, bent judges, corrupt politicians. I don't know what went before but Tommy Shelby, apart from being the psychopathic criminal mastermind behind his family's gang, is also a Labour MP. It is not impossible that such a person might get elected to Parliament but he seems remarkably untroubled by any party meetings or any inconvenient discussions about party policy or elections. Even though he and his family are complete psychos they are also, it seems, pioneers in uncovering institutional abuse and go along to some nuns in an orphanage to give them some considerable grief over their treatment of the children. So much of the detail is simply wrong and the whole thing builds up a picture of Britain in 1930 - and they move from the Midlands to London to Glasgow to Belfast - that is simply false. Helen McCrory's character is particularly ridiculous. Pure nonsense the lot of it.
The first series of Gangsters is quality television, not so sure of the second, well the episodes near the end anyway.
I'd be the first to admit series 2 didn't always work, plus it was hampered by the low budget and some fairly poor actors, but at least it tried to do something different with the genre. Peaky Blinders is the same old litany of kickings, stabbings and shootings every episode, but with a modern indie soundtrack - gosh, how inventive. I'm amazed they've managed to string it out to five series.