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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Season 4 generally

Factual error: Jessie Eden is described as a shop steward. A shop steward is the senior part-time trade union official in a particular workshop or department, who also has an ordinary job in that shop. Jessie appears to be a full-time official and covers a number of factories. She would actually be referred to as a trade union organiser.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Episode #3.6 - S3-E6

Factual error: Tommy says that the Chief Constable of Birmingham has issued a warrant for the arrest of Arthur, John, Polly and Michael. Only a magistrate or judge can issue an arrest warrant. The senior officers of the Metropolitan Police were sworn in as magistrates, but not those of other forces.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Episode #3.4 - S3-E4

Factual error: John says that he has found plans in the British Library. It was only renamed the British Library in 1973. Before that it was called the British Museum Library (or commonly just the British Museum) and nobody called it the British Library.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Episode #2.2 - S2-E2

Factual error: Tommy's service record quoted by Churchill says that he served throughout the war with the Warwickshire Yeomanry. But we already know that he was a tunneller on the Western Front. The Warwickshire Yeomanry was a cavalry regiment (which actually served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Palestine and finally as a machine-gun battalion on the Western Front at the very end of the war). All tunnellers served with the Royal Engineers.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Show generally

Factual error: In series 1, Sergeant Moss says he and most of his men served in the First World War, but none of them wear any medal ribbons. In series 2, Moss has suddenly acquired three medal ribbons, but they seem to be made-up and are not relevant to the First World War. From series 3, Moss is wearing the correct three service ribbons for the First World War.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

The Duel - S4-E5

Factual error: The British Army had no female soldiers in the mid-1920s. Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps was disbanded in 1921 and no women served in the army from then until the formation of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1938.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Season 5 generally

Character mistake: Several times Tommy addresses Sir Oswald Mosley as Mr Mosley instead of the correct Sir Oswald. Mosley never corrects him, which given his snobbishness portrayed throughout the series seems highly unlikely.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Strategy - S5-E3

Character mistake: Mosley says Tommy won the Distinguished Service Medal. This was a naval decoration. Tommy actually won the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Not a mistake someone like Mosley is likely to make.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Blackbird - S4-E3

Factual error: Arthur is "deputy vice-president" of the Shelby Company Ltd. This is an American position title that would never, ever have been used in 1920s Britain.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Strategy - S5-E3

Factual error: The on-screen caption when Aberama Gold is in Scotland reads "Glasgow." All we see is rolling countryside, without a city in sight.

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7th Oct 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

26th Sep 2019

Downton Abbey (2019)

Factual error: The royal parade is supposed to be of the Yorkshire Hussars, but the filmmakers instead borrowed the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, complete with guns. Although the uniform was similar, the Yorkshire Hussars was a cavalry regiment until the Second World War, when it became an armoured regiment. It was never an artillery regiment.

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25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Episode #2.5 - S2-E5

Factual error: The Metropolitan Police officers who arrest Arthur in Camden Town are wearing the spiked helmets of the Birmingham City Police, not the boss-topped helmets of the Metropolitan Police, which we do see at other times.

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25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

Episode #2.2 - S2-E2

Factual error: Tommy tells Churchill that he served at Verdun and several of Churchill's assistants say that they did too. There were no British troops at Verdun. It was a battle between the French and the Germans.

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25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

25th Sep 2019

Peaky Blinders (2013)

27th Jun 2019

Wild Bill (2019)

Show generally

Factual error: Bill wears four medal ribbons, in order: Diamond Jubilee Medal (awarded to all people with five years' service in a British uniformed service in 2012), Golden Jubilee Medal (the same in 2002), Queen's Police Medal (a very prestigious award, a handful of which are awarded every year to long-serving police officers for exceptional service) and Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (awarded for 20 years' unblemished service in the British police). Not only are these in the wrong order (it should be QPM, Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee, LS&GCM), but he's not entitled to any of them! He's an American who hasn't previously served in the British police. A chief constable's uniform doesn't just come with medal ribbons for the look of it; only those that have been earned may be worn.

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27th Jun 2019

Wild Bill (2019)

Show generally

Factual error: The Deputy Chief Constable wears the rank insignia of the lower rank of Assistant Chief Constable. She also wears her medal ribbons in the wrong order: Diamond Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal and Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The Golden Jubilee Medal should actually be worn first.

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