Who Are The Real Peaky Blinders?


Gangs in the early 20th century turn Britains race tracks into battlegrounds. A Birmingham gang called the Brummagems were the top dogs and built up a criminal network reaching far beyond their city. The Brummagems made fortunes from racetrack extortion and beat their rivals mercilessly in order to protect their territory.

Over 80 years later in 2003 another Birmingham gang kills innocent bystanders and shocks the nation, but behind the guise of a random shooting lie a complicated vendetta between two gangs, where rivalry, ego, loyalty to the gang outweighs even the love for their own family.

In this documentary, we look at the gangs of Britain’s second city Birmingham, old and new, and see how gang crime has evolved and the steps that have been taken to tackle it. Following the stories of two landmark gang attacks and two courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to bring the culprits to justice.

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