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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


Season 2 generally

Continuity mistake: The first man to die in the ploughed field "execution" scene had the back of his head blown away by a gunshot. In the replay in next episode, his head shows no such effect.

Episode #3.6 - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Michael picks up the cash from the table. After Polly speaks to Tommy she turns around to take the money out of Michael's hand; in the shot Michael is holding the cash in his lap with his jacket off, but when Polly takes the cash it shows her hand taking the money from Michael with him wearing his suit.

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)

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.


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.


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.


Episode #2.3 - S2-E3

Other mistake: When the mother of a boy Arthur beats to death while boxing comes for revenge, she fires a single shot from a six-shot revolver at Arthur's head. Arthur then takes the revolver from her, ejecting 6 unspent bullets instead of 5. (00:28:24)

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.


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)

Dangerous - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: Tea leaves are visible to the top of the cup during the reading's close-ups, but the cup is clean each time the view switches to full screen. (00:29:30)

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 #2.2 - S2-E2

Question: Was there prohibition in England? If not, why was Alfie running an underground distillery using a bakery as a cover instead of just having a legit distillery?

Answer: There has never been prohibition in England. There are many reasons for running an underground distillery. It would be a way to avoid things like government regulations, safe distilling methods, alcohol content limits, taxation, fix pricing, and so on.

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