Peaky Blinders’ returns on October 2nd at 9pm on BBC2. Set in Birmingham, the series follows the exploits of a notorious gangster family who make their money from the black market, illegal betting and protection rackets.
Starring Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), with support from Helen McCrory (Hugo,) and Paul Anderson (The Sweeney); the gang, famous for sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, have ideas of moving up in the world in 1920’s post-war England.
The production was filmed extensively across Central Liverpool, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and received significant support from Creative England who assisted with filming on location and finding local crew and facilities. Our Production Services team were on hand during early pre-production to assist producers at Tiger Aspect & Caryn Mandabach Productions find the necessary studio base/production office space. Together, the team decided upon Roundthorn Studios which was previously used by the hit TV series ‘Shameless’.
Amy Mobley, Drama Production Manager at Tiger Aspect said
“It is great having Creative England as a support service. The brilliant thing is having a team of people to sound ideas off for locations and studios that truly know the area and have good contacts and relationships already established. It makes the start-up process of a production run much smoother with this support.”
‘Peaky Blinders’’ Location Manager Tony Clarkson had this to say:
“It’s a while since I worked here in the North West and while it was always a naturally film friendly area the help and guidance from your office has made a big difference. I’m really looking forward to coming back here to work again as soon as possible”
The opening episode of the second series premiered in Birmingham on Sunday 21st September, with some of the stars gracing the red carpet including Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, as well as the show’s Birmingham-born creator Steven Knight.
Streets in Greater Manchester and Liverpool doubled for Birmingham in many iconic scenes featured in ‘Peaky Blinders’ series 2. Keep an eye out for filming locations such as Liverpool’s Rodney Street, Great Howard Street and Dale Street, Stanley Park as well as Stanley docks which were all used by the production. Filming also took place at Manchester Town Hall, the famous Victoria Baths and Bolton’s Le Mans Crescent was used to double for 1920s Central London.
As well as the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port doubling as Camden Town Docks, other iconic locations used included the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
The production also shot in and around Macclesfield, St Helens, Bakewell, Wilmslow, Irlam and Bradford.
Visitors to the area can find out more about local attractions as well as accommodation and eateries at the Visit Manchester, Visit Salford, Visit Bolton, Visit Cheshire, Black Country Living Museum and National Waterways Museum sites. If you require any information regarding filming in Cheshire, Manchester, West Midlands contact our Production Services team.