The characters are called Peaky Blinders gang for the razors that they sew into the peaks of their caps. When they fight (and they do, quite often) they ofter use those same caps to blind their adversaries with the razors. Season one sets up the story of these Shelby brothers, Thomas and Arthur, who suffer from PTSD after being in the battle of Verdun during WWI. It's the early 1920’s in Birmingham England, and they find themselves in a position make the leap to expand their illegal bookmaking enterprise. Although Arthur is older, it’s Thomas that is the leader of the Peaky Blnders and the Shelby family itself. Calculating and always looking for a way to move his family up in the underworld, he rules his gang and family with a mask of steel. Thomas is played by Cillian Murphy and he is amazing in the role. He’s clever, practical and very loyal to his brothers and his friends who he served with. But he's not the only strong actor in the series, Helen McCory as Aunt Polly is pretty fantastic.
Everything about this show is visually stunning from the cast to the sets to the costumes. When I heard that Tom Hardy was playing a new character in Season 2 that totally sealed the deal for me. I’m almost caught up on the second season and I’m finding it a great substitute for Boardwalk Empire which ends this Sunday.