Peaky Blinders

The Noose - S4-E1

Factual error: It's Christmas Eve 1925. Tommy and his son leave a mince pie for 'Santa and Rudolph', but there was no reindeer called Rudolph until the 1930s. The character's author hadn't even graduated by 1925, and only began writing a book about a red-nosed reindeer in 1939.

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Season 2 generally

Factual error: Michael's impending 18th birthday is often mentioned as the time he becomes an adult and can make his own decisions. The age of majority in 1922 (and until 1970) was 21.

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Show generally

Factual error: Chief Inspector Campbell has been sent from Belfast. Belfast at the time was policed by the Royal Irish Constabulary, which had no rank of chief inspector.

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Episode #1.1 - S1-E1

Factual error: Thomas' record says he received the King's Medal for Gallantry in the First World War. There was no such medal. It would have been the Military Medal.

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The Duel - S4-E5

Factual error: Kenya tea chests are marked KTDA. (Kenya Tea Development Agency). This did not come into being until the early 1970's.

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Episode #3.5 - S3-E5

Factual error: All of Tommy's former men salute him. As a sergeant-major and not an officer he would never be saluted. This is drummed into all soldiers and they'd never do it, even in civilian life. Not only is it against regulations, but many NCOs would take it as an insult.

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Episode #1.5 - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Tommy enters the office where Grace is working on the books he steps forward, leaving the door open, to draw a black star on her ledger. When he turns to leave the door is shut. (00:03:40)

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Season 5 generally

Factual error: The fact Colonel Younger is black and this may be an issue socially is implied several times (meaning the series acknowledges his ethnicity), but it never seems to be seen as surprising that a black man is a colonel in the British Army in the first place. While there were a small handful of mixed-race junior officers in the army in the First World War, there were no post-war black regular officers (it was actually against regulations at the time) and no black officer would hold such a senior rank until long after the Second World War.

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Episode #1.1 - S1-E1

Other mistake: When detective Campbell is making his speech to the officers, the board behind him has dates ranging from 1979 onward.

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Episode #3.2 - S3-E2

Factual error: Patrick Jarvis mentions Tbilisi. Nobody in Britain would have called the city by that name in 1924; it was still always referred to as Tiflis.

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Season 2 generally

Other mistake: The Birmingham police officer, Moss, is still listed in the credits as Sergeant Moss. He held that rank in Season 1, but in Season 2 he wears inspector's rank insignia. Campbell does address him as Mr Moss, the correct title for an inspector.

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Episode #1.4 - S1-E4

Factual error: When Freddy and Ada return to Birmingham from London they are seen on a boat called Kennet. This is a wide boat (i.e. almost twice the width of a 7 ft narrowboat) which could not have made its way from London to Birmingham in 1919/20 as all of the locks were narrow locks (7 ft) at that time.

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Episode #2.2 - S2-E2

Continuity mistake: When Polly holds the gun against Tommy the hammer is pulled. Next shot it isn't, but she is still able to fire it against the ceiling. (00:45:52)

Episode #3.1 - S3-E1

Visible crew/equipment: While Tommy is making a toast at the dining table, a boom mic can be seen at the top of the frame for a brief second. (00:19:30)

Episode #3.2 - S3-E2

Factual error: Father Hughes says that Admiral Hall may be detained in the House of Lords. Admiral Hall, although knighted, was never ennobled and thus did not sit in the House of Lords.

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Episode #2.1 - S2-E1

Factual error: Season 2 covers 1921 to 1922. The car (YP8086) used in this episode was first registered 9th August 1926. (00:38:20 - 00:39:30)

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Episode #3.3 - S3-E3

Factual error: Tommy refers to Istanbul. It was always still called Constantinople in the West at that time and would be for several more years.

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Episode #3.3 - S3-E3

Factual error: Grace suffers a gunshot wound to the upper left chest in the previous episode, and episode three reveals she died. The bullet would have passed under the clavicle and would have missed the axillary artery and all other major blood vessels. This wound should not have been lethal, especially because Grace's family immediately called for an ambulance, so she would not have had to wait long for medical treatment. Most of her family members are military veterans who would have knowledge to provide the necessary first aid. (00:01:50)

Episode #2.6 - S2-E6

Factual error: The field marshal is wearing a revolver to the Derby. British soldiers are only ever armed on duty, certainly not when attending social events. He also wears his Sam Browne outside his shoulder strap instead of beneath it; no officer would do this.

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Season 2 generally

Factual error: Major Campbell heads the Irish branch of the secret service, but reports to Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary. The Colonial Office had nothing to do with Ireland, which at that time was part of the United Kingdom.

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Grace Burgess: You think I am a whore?
Tommy Shelby: Everyone's a whore, Grace. We just sell different parts of ourselves.

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Episode #2.1 - S2-E1

Question: In the street scene with the three brothers leaving in a car for London, the car has 'Fiat' the grille. In the next scene with the car, there is nothing on the grille. Could they have had this car, at that time? After all there was mention of 'Bugatti' at least he beginning of the same episode. Would a Lanchester made in Sparkbrook be more likely?

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