Saturday, 18 November 2017

By order of the Peaky Blinders

In which G.M. Norton wonders what all the fuss is about.


Series 4 of Peaky Blinders aired this week to much hurrah.

The Chap magazine have gone to town on it with interviews with those involved in the television show and a photoshoot. They've done a super job, I really enjoyed reading it.

I can't help feeling though that I'm one of the few not to be swept along with the show.

I have the first three series on DVD but only got as far as finishing series one.

From a historical point of view, it's interesting to watch how some young men reacted when returning from the Great War and how it changed them. What it was like to live in slum conditions, with overcrowding and filth. The importance of family.
From a cinematic point of view, it's beautifully shot with very good acting. The colour palette, the music, the smoky atmosphere, the menacing tone.

From a sartorial perspective, it's absolutely divine. Detachable collars, pocket watches, waistcoats, ties and of course we can't forget those caps. 


The show is iconic. It's changed the way some men dress, with them adopting the Peaky Blinders look. Men seeking out tunic shirts and detachable collars to dress like their favourite character. How wonderful is that?
So why does it leave me feeling a bit cold?
There's something about glorifying crime that doesn't sit right with me. It's the same with the other gangster favourite, The Godfather. Gang culture and guns just doesn't do anything for me.
Unless it's Bugsy Malone. Give me pedal powered cars and splurge guns any day.

G.M. Norton
Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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