Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International, Netflix

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BBC Two original crime drama Peaky Blinders drops S4E3 ‘Blackbird’ in the UK Wednesday.

#PeakyBlinders has been renewed for a 5th season.

rottentomatoes: 96%

metacritic: N/A

IMDb: 8.8

BAFTA: 2 wins

***SPOILERS AHEAD***




Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, NetflixTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphyTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphyTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphyTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphySergeant Major Thomas Shelby OBE:

Tommy Shelby and his brothers run a bookies crew out of post-WWI Birmingham, England.  He happens upon a misplaced cache of firearms and leverages it into a better life.


Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphyTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian MurphyTommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian Murphy Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Cillian Murphy “The girl who tells fortunes?  The horse’s name is Monaghan Boy.  Kempton, three o’clock, Monday.  You ladies have a bet yourselves but don’t tell anyone else.” — Tommy Shelby

“Finn?  What does a ten-year-old know about hell, eh?  Nipper, tell me… good work, John.  Times are hard.  People need a reason to lay a bet.  There was a Chinese.  The washer women say she’s a witch.  It helps them believe.  Look at the book– we agreed, Arthur.  I’m taking charge of drumming up new money.  I think, Arthur.  That’s what I do.  I think.  So that you don’t have to.” — Tommy Shelby

“You don’t bet.  About what?  Perhaps it’s a list of men who give false hope to the poor.  The only difference between you and me, Freddie, is that sometimes, my horses stand a chance of winning.  Believe me, there are nights I wish you had.  Hey!  On three.  One, two, three, down!  You’re not an artillery shell, Danny, you’re a man.  Hey?  You’re not a whizz-bang.  You’re a human being, Danny.  You’re all right, you’re all right, you’re all right.  It’s all right, it’s all right.  You did it again, Danny.  You got to stop doing this, man.  It’s all right.  You go home to your wife now, Danny.  Try and get all that smoke and mud out of your head, eh?  Go on.  Bring the bill to the Peaky Blinders.  We’ll take care of it.” — Tommy Shelby

“To clean up the city, Ada.  He’s a chief inspector.  The last four years he’s been clearing the IRA out of Belfast.  ‘Cause I asked the coppers on our payroll.  I’m telling you.  There’s been all these bloody strikes at the BSA, and the Austin works lately.  Now the papers are talking about sedition.  And revolution.  I reckon it’s communists he’s after.  There are Irishmen in Green Lanes who left Belfast to get away from him.  They say Catholic men who crossed him used to disappear in the night.  So, Arthur, is that it?  No.  Nothing that’s women’s business.  We came back.” — Tommy Shelby

“I have ten minutes.  What do you want?  It was mean to be routine.  I had a buyer in London for some motorcycles.  I asked my men to steal me four bikes with petrol engines.  I’m guessing my men were drunk.  There’s a still inside the factory makes tram line gin.  They picked up the wrong fucking crate.  The boys dropped it to Charlie Strong’s yard as agreed.  They must’ve taken it from the proofing bay instead of the export bay.  Inside we found 25 Lewis machine guns, and 10,00 rounds of ammunition, 50 semiautomatic rifles, 200 pistols with shells.  All bound for Libya.  Sitting right there in Charlie Strong’s yard.  We put them in the stables out of the rain.  The guns hadn’t been greased yet.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  No.  He won’t move contraband under a full moon.  Three days until it wanes.” — Tommy Shelby

“I need a bottle of rum.  Don’t care.  Are you a whore?  Because if not, you’re in the wrong place.  Let me see him.  Hmm.  Well, have this.  Give me that.  You’re all right.  Why do you think that is, Harry?” — Tommy Shelby

“Uncle Charlie, a word.  I changed my mind.  I have an alternative strategy.  Tell Curly to take her out to the old tobacco wharf.  There’s a lockup mooring we used to keep cigarettes.  He knows it.  When the boat leaves your yard. it’s no longer your concern.  That’s right. They’ve shown their hand.  If they want them back this bad, they’ll have to pay.  That’s the way of the world.  Fortune drops something valuable into your lap, you don’t just dump it on the bank of the Cut.  I’m told he didn’t serve.  Reserved occupation.  The tobacco wharf.  By order of the Peaky Blinders.” — Tommy Shelby

“Danny, as you know, the man you killed was Italian.  And those two men over there are his brothers.  If I let the Italians do this, Danny, they’ll cut off your manhood and let you drain.  That’s how those bastards do things.  So, to stop a war breaking out between us and the Italians… …and to save you from their barbarity… …I said I would dispatch you myself.  They are here to witness.  You have any last requests, comrade?  We have to get your body out of the city, Danny.  This new copper, you know… you were a good man and a good soldier.  ‘In the bleak midwinter.'” — Tommy Shelby

“Yeah.  It won.  And word will spread.  So the next time we do the powder trick, it won’t just be the Garrison that’ll bet on the horse, it’ll be the whole of Small Heath.  And you know what?  The horse will win again.  And the third time we do it, we’ll have the whole of Birmingham betting on it.  A thousand quid bet on the magic horse.  And that time, when we are ready, the horse will lose.  Think about it.”

“Yes.  I did the right thing.”

“We have business first.  Come on.  Bring your wits.  Johnny Dogs.  All the better for getting the city smoke out of my lungs.  I’ve been busy.  I heard.  Myself, I’d rather live among pigs.  What do you know about France, you war-shy Gypsy bastard?  So this is the horse.  We’re going to play two-up.  Here you are.  Shut up, Arthur, I won.  I promised Johnny I’d let him have a spin in the car if he lost.  Are you Lee boys laughing at my brother?  Are you?  Eh?  I asked you a question.”

“All right.  What pubs did they do.  Hand out some cash to the landlords of the pub.  Pay some veterans to fix the places up.  I have to go to Charlie’s to stable the horse.  She looked footsore in the box.  Racing papers.  I wouldn’t bet on that.  Did he talk to you, Pol?  Did he try to find our Ada?  Where was she sleeping, Pol?  No.  You don’t parley when you’re on the back foot.  We strike a blow back first.” — Tommy Shelby

“I am.  You’re protected.  There are some things I want you to write down.  Now, first of all, it’s not that people around here who are disloyal to the king.  It’s the opposite. You see, we don’t want our beloved king looking down and seeing the things that are being done to us.  So we are taking down his pictures.  We went through hell for our king.  Walked through the flames of war.  Write all this down.  And now we’re being attacked in our own homes.  These new coppers over from Belfast, breaking into our homes and interfering with our women.  We don’t think our king would want to see that happening.  So we’re lighting fires to raise the alarm.  No capacity.  I am an ordinary man.  I won gallantry medals at the Somme.  I want you to write in your paper what’s going on here.  Go on, go.” — Tommy Shelby

“Already done.  Billy Kimber is there for the taking.  Yeah, while I was away fighting, remember?  I learnt some things, such as you strike when your enemy is weak.” — Tommy Shelby

“Inspector, I responded to your invitation because I want us to understand each other.  I am a businessman.  I want to make my business successful.” — Tommy Shelby

“Now why would I shake the hand of a man who didn’t even fight for his country?” — Tommy Shelby

“Everyone’s a whore, Grace.  We just sell different parts of ourselves.  You said you wanted to work for me.  To do that you have to sharpen up.” — Tommy Shelby

“If you want to be part of my organization, you have to make sacrifices.” — Tommy Shelby

“All right, look.  Grace, I know you weren’t born to be with a man like me.  But I’m turning things around.  When I get back here tonight, I will have one of the biggest legal racetrack syndicates in the country.  And I’m going to close down some of that other stuff.  Maybe open a club, hey?  Like in London.  And another thing.  You have a contract of employment.  With a real Limited company you remember?  I am going to make a success of this.  I am going to make a success of it.  I am.” — Tommy Shelby

“She is in the past… and the past is not my concern.  And the future is no longer my concern either.  The one minute.  The soldier’s minute.  In a battle that’s all you get.  One minute of everything at once.  And anything before is nothing.  Everything after, nothing.  Nothing in comparison in that one minute.” — Tommy Shelby

“I know what you did to Polly.  And I know what happened to Michael in jail. Today, it’ll be me dead or you.  But whoever it is, he’ll wake up in hell tomorrow.” — Tommy Shelby

“In the bleak midwinter…” — Tommy Shelby

“I’m a gambling man, Pol.” — Tommy Shelby

“And the only way to guarantee peace is by making the prospect of war seem hopeless.  If you apologize once, you do it again and again and again.  Like taking bricks out of the wall of your fucking house.  Do you want to bring the house down, Arthur?  If you’re soft on rebellion, it’ll grow.  You did the right thing, John.  Now, we go on the offensive.  We take two of the Changretta pubs and we take them tonight.  That’s it.  Hey.  Why?  Because we fucking can.  Because we fucking can and if we can, we do.  And if we lift our heel off their necks now, they’ll just come at us.  Remember these are the bastards that wanted Danny Whizz-Bang dead.  You’re getting soft, brother.  Soft and weak.  Save the Bible for Sundays, eh.  Finn?  I need to get to Hockley and then home.  It’s been a long day.  You take the Wrexham, you take the Five Bells.  You get them signed over to us in the morning.  You make sure the coppers stay away.  Don’t use the fucking phones, all right?  There’s someone listening.” — Tommy Shelby

“I can charm dogs.  Gypsy witchcraft.  And those I can’t charm, I can kill with my own hands.  You learn it when you have a dog on a boat.  They go fucking mad in tunnels.  I feel like I’m in a tunnel now.  You know that feeling when you have to kill or be killed?  Let the dog off the leash and give the order you give in Gaelic… like I’m told you do when someone displeases you or someone reports you.  Then you say it.  If you wanted me dead, I would be dead, wouldn’t I?” — Tommy Shelby

“I made a promise to Charles’ mother.” — Tommy Shelby

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John Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Joe ColeJohn Shelby:

“Tommy!  Tommy!  Tommy, look at the book.  Just look.  All on Monaghan Boy.” — John Shelby

“Mmm.  Aunt Poll!  What the fuck did you do that for?  It must’ve fell out of my pocket. I… I must have been drunk.  Look, Aunt Pol.  I’m sorry.  I’m… I’m sorry.” — John Shelby

“‘If you’re over five feet and can fight, come to Birmingham.’  Yeah, but we ain’t IRA.  We bloody fought for the king.  Anyway, we’re Peaky Blinders.  We’re not scared of coppers.  If they come for us, we’ll cut them a smile each.” — John Shelby

“Since when did you give orders?  You went to one first aid class in the church hall and got thrown out for giggling.  We don’t help coppers.” — John Shelby

“That’s the Lee family.” — John Shelby

“Nipper, give us the bag.” — John Shelby

“Two bob for your picture of the king.  Bring it to Watery Lane.  chuck them on, boys.” — John Shelby


Arthur Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Paul AndersonArthur Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Paul AndersonArthur Shelby Jr.:

“Tommy!  Tommy!  Get in here, now!  You was seen doing the powder trick down at Garrison courts.  We don’t mess with Chinese.  Chinese have cutters of their own.  What if Monaghan Boy wins, Tommy?  You fixing races now?  Do you have permission from Billy Kimber to fixing races, hmm?  What’s got into you?  You think we can take on the Chinese and Billy Kimber?  Billy’s got a bloody army– there’s news from Belfast.  I’m calling a family council tonight at eight o’clock.  I want all of us there.  You hear me?  There’s trouble coming.” — Arthur Shelby

“Right, I’ve called this family meeting because I’ve got some very important news.  Scudboat and Lovelock got back from Belfast last night.  They were buying a stallion to cover their mares.  They were in a pub on the Shankhill Road yesterday and in that pub there was a copper, handing out these.  They’re recruiting Protestant Irishmen to come over here as Specials.  How do you know so bloody much?  And why didn’t you tell me?  He’s right.  What do you think, Aunt Pol?” — Arthur Shelby

“Right.  This way.  You see, ladies?  When you’re out with a Blinder, you don’t have to queue.  Right, I want a blow job off both of you before they let the ordinary people in.  Away you go.  Take it out.  What the fuck?  Who the fuck are you?  I am Arthur fucking Shelby!  Bastard!  What robbery?  I swear to God, I don’t know what you’re talking about.  What fucking robbery?  I’m not fucking lying!  All right?  I’m not fucking lying.” — Arthur Shelby

“Don’t make me laugh.  It hurts my face.  I’m not bloody choking, am I?  He said Mr. Churchill sent him to Birmingham.  National interest, he said.  Something about a robbery.  He said he wants us to help him.  He knew all about our war records.  He said we’re patriots, like him.  He wants us to be his eyes and ears.  I said– shh!  I said we’d have a family meeting and take a vote.  Why not?  Mmm?  We have no truck with Fenians or communists.  What is wrong with you?  What the fuck is wrong with him lately?” — Arthur Shelby

“Where are you?  It bloody won!  Monaghan Boy bloody won!” — Arthur Shelby

“I thought you said that we were going to the fair.  What business?  Hang on a minute.  You’re not swapping the family car for a bloody horse.  I knew it.  Tommy, you bloody idiot.  Good.  All right.” — Arthur Shelby

“Now, what the bloody hell’s been going on here?  Jesus Christ.  I never said nothing to that copper about smashing up bloody houses.  So, what about you, Tommy?” — Arthur Shelby

“I hope to God you know what you’re doing.” — Arthur Shelby

“Yeah.  I am.  Having a couple now and again to remind myself why I don’t drink it.” — Arthur Shelby


Chief Inspector Chester Campbell, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Sam NeillChief Inspector Chester Campbell:

“Babies.  Discarded with the fish bones and eggshells.  Girls.  Eleven years old.  Pierced and punctured by old men for three pence a time, rutted upon like animals.  Degradation.  Fathers with their daughters, brothers and sisters sharing beds.  Beggars and thieves left to run in the streets.  And astride the whole stinking pile of wounds and rotten flesh… …your masters.  The men who you touch your cap to.  The Peaky Blinders.  The vicious, merciless gangs who blind those that see and cut out the tongues of those who talk.  You are worse than them.  Those of you who have taken their bribes these years since the war.  Those of you who have looked the other way, you are worse than them.  God damn you for soiling your uniforms!  And then, there are the IRA Fenians and the communists.  Blacker hearts still.  They feed on the pus of all this corruption like maggots in a corpse!  And like maggots who have left a swell, they will eventually swarm like flies and spread their rotten philosophy across the country and across the world.  Those then, are our enemies. A three-headed beast.  It is my job to decapitate each one, and by God I will do it.  I don’t trust any of yous until you earn my trust… …and that takes some earning.  These are the new men who will bolster your ranks.  Good men, from God-fearing families.  By the time the sun sets, they will be sworn in and in uniform and by sunrise tomorrow, they will be on the streets.  God help those who stand in our way.” — Chester Campbell

“Arthur Shelby.  Lead pack dog of the Peaky Blinders.  Look at me.  Your uniform?  Terrifying, I’m sure.  Did he have a gun?  Mr. Shelby… I want you to see this as me introducing myself to you.  Understand?  In all the world, the only thing that interests me is the truth.  So…  what do you know about the robbery?  I will ask you again.  What do you know about the robbery?  All right. After 35 years of dealing with animals like you, I can tell just by sniffing the air whether or not you are lying.  I know.  I see nothing of interest behind the blood in your eyes.  And no blood in your veins that could carry even a trace of cunning or guile.  But understand this.  It is well within my power to have you and the rest of your scum family facedown in the canal before the year is out.  On the other hand… …we can help each other.” — Chester Campbell

“Mr. Churchill, sir.  May I say what a great honor it is to meet you.  Thank you.  It’s a beaver.  I have to set up a command network.  I have agents in place across the city who will act as my eyes and ears.  And I have begun to interrogate suspects vigorously.  A rat’s nest, sir.  If it is the IRA Fenians, I will find them and find the guns.  If it is communists, I will find them and find the guns.  If it is common criminals, I will find them and find the guns.  To me there is no distinction between any of the above.” — Chester Campbell

“Are you in position?  Your first impressions.  Have you found anything out that might help me?  I interrogated the head of the Peaky Blinders.  He didn’t know anything.  A brute.  You sound fascinated.  You must not let your personal history cloud your judgment.  If you see any guns, check the serial numbers against that list.  Your father was the finest officer I ever worked with.  I know he’d be very, very proud of you.” — Chester Campbell

“We will take them before last night’s beer turns to piss and wakes the devils up.  We will leave no stone unturned.  Every gun, every bullet will be brought to me for inspection.  Now, take your positions.” — Chester Campbell

“You mean your nephews?  With their guns and their razors?  Is it them you’re lighting candles for?  You’ve heard of me.  I’ve heard of you.  As a matter of fact, it is the Holy Grail I’m looking for.  Something precious.  Something stolen.  Perhaps you know what I’m talking about.  Turn the place upside down.  Arthur Shelby said you people would help us.  But I have found out subsequently that I was speaking to the wrong man.  Next time, I want to talk to the boss.  Lickey Tea Rooms.  Friday, ten o’clock.  And when I say ‘the boss,’ I mean Thomas.”

“Come in.  There is?  It’s almost midnight… yes, sir?  There was a small fire reported at around nine o’clock on Watery Lane. Certainly nothing to trouble you about, sir.  Of the king?  I will go down there immediately and arrest those involved.  We are making steady progress.  Sir.  Could I at least ask, does this report name any of those involved?” — Chester Campbell

“You are now active in a military operation on behalf of the Crown.” — Chester Campbell

“Let dog eat dog.  Let the beasts devour each other.  And then we shall pick the bones.” — Chester Campbell

“I– I find the more obvious vices the easiest to resist.” — Chester Campbell

“One thing I have learnt.  Is that you and I are opposites but also just the same.  Like an image in a mirror.  We hate people.  And they in turn hate us.  And fear us.  Before the day is over, your heart will be broken… …just the same as mine.  Men like us, Mr. Shelby, will always be alone.  And what love we get, we will have to pay for.  Enjoy your day.”

“Today’s rabbit.  When I give you the signal, I want you to send that man to his maker.  I’ve decided to use you men because I couldn’t trust the hearts and the livers of the English pansies and posies they’d given me as operatives.  Now… …this is a man of some capability.  But I expect no excuses and no failures.  The red right hand.” — Chester Campbell

“Well, bully for you.  This I know: ahead of you is damnation, but I have the love of God and the certainty of salvation.” — Chester Campbell


Freddie Thorne, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Iddo GoldbergFreddie Thorne

“All right, shut up now.  Shut up.  Comrades, we are here today to take a vote on strike action.  But before we have a show of hands for that, let’s have a show of hands from all those who fought in France.  All those who stood side by side with your comrades and watched your comrades fall.  Raise your hands.  The blood shed on Flanders Fields, the sweat of your brows… who reaps the rewards?  Is it you?  Is it your wives?  Who, then, do they stand among us?  Do they sit at home comfortable with a full belly while you scrape to find enough to put shoes on your children’s feet!  And what is the reward they offer you for your sacrifices made?  A fucking cut in your wages.  That is your reward.  Raise a hand, all those who want to strike.” — Freddie Thorne

“I’ll take a mild.  Cheers, Thomas, good health to you. The crown of a prince.  Soon to be a king, I’d bet. No, but these past few days I’ve been speculating.  One of my union comrades has a sister who works in the telegraph office at the BSA factory.  She says, over the past week, they’ve had messages coming up from London to the brass.  From Winston Churchill himself.  Something about a robbery.  ‘A robbery of national significance,’ it said.  She found a list of names left on the telegraph machine.  And on the list was your name and my name together.  What kind of list would have the name of a communist and the name of a bookmaker side by side?  You know, there are days when I hear about the cuttings and beatings that I really wish I’d let you take that bullet in France.  Up!  Up!  Damn right, Harry.  You pay the peaky blinders a lot of money for protection.  You’re the law around here now, Tommy, aren’t you?” — Freddie Thorne

“Got him!  Got him! Breathe, Danny, breathe.  Danny.  Danny.  Danny, you’re home.  We’re all home in England.  You are not in France.  Maybe you should put a bullet in Danny Whizz-Bang’s head like they do with mad horses.  Maybe you’ll have to put a bullet in my head someday, too.” — Freddie Thorne

“I’m not in the mood for the pictures tonight, Ada.  Let’s just walk a bit.  Your brothers have friends in Greet.  They have friends everywhere.  We’d have to walk in London.  Oh, I’m scared of them all right.  Soon we’ll tell them.  How did the family meeting go?  I heard.  Oh, my Ada.  The only princess of the royal family of the kingdom of Small Heath.  I am just a poor communist frog with a big mouth.  Give me a kiss, Princess Ada.” — Freddie Thorne

“So did Arthur say uh… what kind of a deal this new copper offered him?  What did Tommy say?  Yeah, I know what he’s like.  He likes to take his fight onto the mud.  Doesn’t like to stand and wait.  He could try.  One day me and Tommy will be on the same side again.” — Freddie Thorne

“You’re sure your brothers are at the fair?  Shh!  What is it?  Come on, Ada.  Ada!  You have to jump, Ada.  I’ll catch you.  Come on.  Mrs. Donovan, I need that favor.  I’m not coming in.  She is.  You’ve not seen her with me, okay?  Just give her a cup of tea and let her stay until the police have gone.  And yet, she is an angle.  Come on, Ada.  Me?  I’m gonna have to leave town for a bit.” — Freddie Thorne


Polly Gray, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Helen McCroryPolly (Elizabeth) Gray, née Shelby:

“Look at the gun.  You recognize it?  Get up off your ass, you mumping pig.  Finn was playing with this this afternoon by the Cut.  It was loaded.  Nearly blew Ada’s tits off.  He said he found it on the sideboard of the betting shop, with bullets in it.  When are you not drunk?  We’ll keep this between ourselves if you swear not to leave guns lying around.  Look, I know having four kids without a woman is hard, but my boot is harder.  Now come on, we’re late.” — Polly Gray

“So why are they sending him to Birmingham?  So this copper is gonna leave us alone, right?  This family does everything open.  You have nothing more to say to this meeting, Thomas?  This whole bloody enterprise was women’s business while you boys were away at war.  What’s changed?” — Polly Gray

“An explanation.  I’ve always been able to tell when you’re hiding something.  People round here talk.  Some of them work at the BSA.  I’ve been talking to the wives of factory hands.  Detectives have been asking questions in the proofing shops.  Nothing happens in that factory without you knowing about it.  Speak.  God and Aunt Polly are listening.  Jesus, Tommy.  Tell me you threw them in the Cut.  So that’s why they sent the copper from Belfast.  Thomas, you’re a bookmaker, a robber, a fighting man, you are not a fool.  You sell those guns to anyone who has use for then, you will hang.  Dump them somewhere the police can find them.  Maybe if they know they haven’t fallen into the wrong hands, this might blow over.  Tell Charlie to dump them tonight.  Then you’ll do the right thing?  You have your mother’s common sense, but your father’s devilment.  I see them fighting.  Let your mother win.” — Polly Gray

“If I knew I’d buy the cure from Compton’s chemists.” — Polly Gray

“A bad week.  There was no moon last night.  I checked.  Did you do the right thing?” — Polly Gray

“A gentleman would take off his hat… ..and put out his pipe.  I see you Specials only dare come here when you know the boys are away at the fair.  No.  I am lighting candles for the boys from the Garrison who lost their lives in France.  There’s a list there.  Look.  I hear you didn’t make it to France, Inspector Campbell.  Is it the Holy Grail you’re looking for?  Sorry, I misunderstood your intention when you pushed me against the wall.  If we don’t know what you’ve lost, how can we help you find it?” — Polly Gray

“The coppers told everyone Arthur had agreed to it when he was arrested.  They said the Peaky Blinders had cleared out to the fair to let them do it.  The Guns, The Chain, the Marqius.  All the ones that pay you to protect them.  The only one they didn’t touch was the Garrison.  Make sure people think we were in on it.  He’s smart, this copper.  So, go on.  Drink your beers, get out.  You’d better show people you’re still the cocks of the walk.  Let them see your faces.  So we both know what they were looking for.  You don’t read the papers.  So let me tell you the odds.  I reckon it’s three to one there’ll be a revolution.  That copper’s betting on it.  He’s not going to let it rest till he gets those guns back.  In the church.  She was sleeping.  I thought you didn’t care for women’s business.  He knows you’re the boss.  He wants to meet you.  Will you talk to him?” — Polly Gray

“Good of you to join us.  Where have you been all day?  Why wouldn’t I be?  The BSA are on strike.  The miners are on strike.  IRA are killing our boys, ten a day.  Stand up.  Just stand up.  Just stand up.  Side on.  Ada… how late are you?  But they didn’t work.” — Polly Gray

“Keep bloody walking, Ada.  If anybody sees us here, they’ll know.  Just come home and we’ll talk about it.  All right, you want to do this on the street, let’s do it.  Whose is it?  Not if he marries you, they won’t.  Will he marry.  Jesus Christ, Ada!  But they all say they’ll come back.” — Polly Gray

“Obviously, didn’t teach you well enough.  Rule one.  You don’t punch above your weight.  Says who?  Says Tommy and his Parliament of one?  I ran this business for five years.” — Polly Gray

“There’s only one thing can blind a man as smart as you Tommy.  Love.” — Polly Gray

“You know, after all this is over… he might forgive you.  He might take you in.  You can never tell with men.  They go for whoever their dicks point at and there’s no changing their minds.  But I should tell you something.  I will never forgive you, or accept you or take you in.  And it’s me who runs the business of the heart in this family.  And as far as I’m concerned, you’re a snitch from the Parish.  And if you’re not gone from this city by tomorrow… …I will kill you myself.” — Polly Gray

“Don’t fuck with the Peaky Blinders.” — Polly Gray


Ada Shelby, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Sophie RundleAda Thorne, née Shelby:

“To do what?” — Ada Thorne

“I got tickets for the Penny Crush.  They’re showing a Tom Mix picture.  Well, I’m not doing it here again.  I got covered in mud last time.  If we go down as far as Greet, we could go to a pub.  I’m with you ’cause you’re the only man around here not scared of them.  But you love me more than you fear them, right?  I don’t want to always be sneaking about.  When?  Usual.  There’s a new copper coming.  Mmm.  And Tommy says he’s after the likes of you.  So maybe you should burn your books and stop making speeches.” — Ada Thorne

“John, wipe the blood out of his eye.  I’m a trained nurse.  I bloody am.  Not before I learnt how to stop somebody from choking.  You will be when I wrap this cloth around your neck.” — Ada Thorne

“God.  The second your balls are empty, it’s back onto politics.  He didn’t say anything.  You know what he’s like.  You know what he’d do if he found out about us.  Sometimes I think you’re with me just to show you can.” — Ada Thorne

“Oh, Freddie.  Freddie.  Freddie… if it was them, they wouldn’t knock.  What?  If the cops find me, we are screwed.  Fuck!  What are you going to do, Freddie?” — Ada Thorne

“In bed.  Couldn’t sleep.  Then I couldn’t wake up.  Then I was cold and then I had to go for a wee.  Then I was with this bear on a boat, but that was a dream.  Then I was hungry.  Why are you reading the paper?  I’ve never seen you read the paper.  I’ve only ever seen you light fires with them.  What?  What are you doing?  One week.  Five weeks.  Seven if you count weekends.  I think it’s a lack or iron.  I got some tablets.  No.” — Ada Thorne

“So, am I or not?  I’m not getting rid of it, Aunt Pol.  You get off me or I’ll scream it.  I swear.  If I tell you, you’ll tell them and they’ll cut him to pieces.  I don’t know where he is.  He’s gone away, but he said he’ll come back.  He’s not like that.  He’s a good man.  He promised.  He will come back, Aunt Pol, I know he will!” — Ada Thorne


Grace Burgess, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Annabelle WallisGrace Burgess

“I’m here about the job as a barmaid.  Am I what?  I saw it in an advertisement.  But it was yesterday’s paper.  I’m not asking for favors, I’m asking for employment.  How would you know?  I have experience.  And references.  Galway.  I worked in Dublin.  Watch.  And listen. ♪ I wish I was in Carrickfergus ♪ Only for nights in Ballygrand ♪ I would swim over ♪ The deepest ocean ♪ The deepest ocean ♪ For my love to find ♪ My boyhood friends ♪ And my own relations ♪ Have all passed on now ♪ Like the melting snow ♪ In Ireland my singing made them cry and stopped them fighting.” — Grace Burgess

“Is it always this busy on a daytime?  To pray?  A whole bottle?  White or dark rum?  Harry said it’s on the house.” — Grace Burgess

“♪ I am just a young girl ♪ I have just come over ♪ Over from the country where they do things big ♪ And amongst the boys I have myself a lover ♪ And since I have a lover ♪ I don’t care a fig ♪ The boy I love is up in the gallery ♪ The boy I love is looking at me ♪ Can’t you see him standing there? ♪ Waving his handkerchief ♪ As merry as a robin that sings on the tree ♪” — Grace Burgess

“I am, sir. I am quite shocked at how these people live.  It strikes me that it isn’t Arthur who heads the Shelby family.  It is the younger one, Thomas.  They say he won two medals for gallantry in the war.  However, my opinion has not changed.  The bookmaker gangs have other business and the communists are too weak to have planned this.  I believe the guns were taken by the IRA.  What history?  That the IRA murdered my father will not affect my judgment.” — Grace Burgess

“It’s what I’m trained for.  I’m late for my shift.” — Grace Burgess

“Love.” — Grace Burgess

“I remember everything, Tommy.” — Grace Burgess

“Tommy… I have done something terrible to you.” — Grace Burgess

“As well as my own.” — Grace Burgess


Charlie Strong, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Ned DennehyCharlie Strong:

“They are aboard.  There’s no moon.  We can take them out to the turning point beyond Gas Street and leave them on the bank.  They’ll be found by railway men first thing.  Is that agreement?  You what?  Have you lost your fucking mind?  Have you not seen the streets?  They’ve sent a fucking army to find these things.  Their hand?  You’re blood, Tommy.  I’ve always looked out for you like a dad.  You’re going to bring holy hell down on your head.  This copper takes no prisoners.  Is it another war you’re looking for, Tommy?” — Charlie Strong

“You okay, Danny?  If it was heaven, what would I be doing here?  Tommy wanted you to think it was real, to try and knock some sense into you.  Ah, it was meant to.  London.  Tommy has a little job for you.  Give you a chance to say thanks.  You’re a Peaky Blinder now, Danny.” — Charlie Strong

“It’s Thomas Shelby against the whole bloody world, right?” — Charlie Strong


Johnny Dogs, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Packy LeeJohnny Dogs

“Tommy!  Tommy, how the hell are you?  I thought you became a bit too grand for us.  I’m riding with the Lee family now.  Come on, Tommy.  No disputing.  So, your first fair since France?  And that’s the car.  Of course we’re not swapping it.  Huh?  That would be mad.  Tommy!  Tommy, come on.  Come on, it’s just a craic.  Get your family out of here and go enjoy yourselves at the fair before they start a war.  Huh?  Go on.  Go.  They’re from good people.  Their granddad was a king.  Their granddad was a king.” — Johnny Dogs


Sergeant Moss, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Tony PittsSergeant Moss

“No gun.  Knife in his sock.  Cosh in his belt.” — Sergeant Moss


Alfie Solomons, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Tom HardyAlfie Solomons

“Fucking hell, lads.  Clam down.  Put him down, mate.  He’s only little.  You on your own?  Well, you’re a brave lad, ain’t you?  You want to take a look at my bakery?  We bake all sorts here, mate, yeah.  Did you know we bake over 10,000 loaves a week?  Can you believe it?  We bake the white bread, we bake the brown bread.  We bake all sorts.  Would you like to try some?  Bread?  Yeah?  What would you like, brown or white?  Brown, right.  Not bad, eh?  Not bad?  It’s fucking awful, that stuff.  Fucking brown stuff, it’s horrible.  It’s for the workers.  Yeah.  The white stuff, now that is for the bosses.  Come, look.  Well, I’ve heard very bad, bad, bad things about you Birmingham people.  You’re Gypsies, right?  So what do you live in, a fucking tent or a caravan?  Well, rum is for fun and fucking, isn’t it?  So, whiskey, now that, is for business.  Suit yourself.  They say you had your life saved by a policeman.  Well, I don’t like policemen because policemen, they can’t be trusted.  A war ain’t over till it’s over, mate.”


Darby Sabini, Peaky Blinders, BBC Two, BBC Worldwide, Endemol International BV Parent, Netflix, Noah TaylorDarby Sabini



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