Peaky Blinders breaks previous viewing figures record

It's been a bit grizzly!

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby

by Emma Dodds |
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Peaky Blinders season five has kicked off with a serious bang, all our favourite Brummy characters are back, and things are getting very dark and mysterious in true Peaky style.

Of course, as we're now halfway through the series, the storylines are getting a bit murky, and fans are seriously wondering how on earth the writers are going to wrap everything up in the next three episodes in true Peaky style - but they always seem to manage it.

Although fans have been loving the return of Tommy and co., there have been a couple of particularly gruesome scenes which have left viewers utterly shocked - namely the death of Bonnie Gold at the hands of the Billy Boys gang, and his father Aberama's revenge on a member.

But it seems as though that's not putting anyone off, as the BBC have revealed the viewing figures for the series so far - and the show has completely smashed its previous records with a whopping 6.2 million consolidated viewers.

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby
©Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby © BBC Pictures

Taking to Twitter, the BBC Press Office shared a still of Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in the show with the caption, 'Message for Tommy Shelby... Across all TV and online device viewing, #PeakyBlinders series five has launched to 6.2m viewers, its highest ever audience.'

According to, the previous season's premiere episode drew 3.3 million viewers - meaning that the show has nearly doubled its viewership since moving to BBC One from BBC Two for the fifth series.

This comes after Hollyoaks fans were stunned to see Emmett J. Scanlan AKA Brendan Brady join the show as footballer-turned-singer Billy Grade - he was a huge hit!

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RADIO Peaky Blinders filming locations stacked

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The Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country museum is home to many of the filming locations for Peaky Blinders, and if you take a trip around the museum for a day you'll be sure to recognise some past scenes of the show.Pictured here is Uncle Charlie's dockyard, home to many dodgy dealings between the Shelby brothers as well as allowing safe passage for who or whatever they need to get out of the Midlands. Read up on the museum here.

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Powis Street, Liverpool

Much of the filming for Peaky Blinders is done in and around Liverpool, and different companies host many tours in the city so that fans of the show can see where the magic happens. This particular street is used for the Shelby families homes in the first season, named Watery Lane on the show.

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Formby Beach, Liverpool

Many heartbroken viewers will spot that Formby Beach in Liverpool was the spot where Alfie Solomons (played by Tom Hardy) admitted his betrayal to Tommy, and basically forced Tommy into shooting him dead after confessing that he had cancer. It was very emotional.

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Port Sunlight, Wirral

Port Sunlight is a model village in the Wirral, Merseyside. Although the village and the homes within it were originally built for workers at the Lever Brothers Factory, it's now a tourist attraction. Eagle-eyed Peaky fans will recognise the timbered housing as Aunt Polly's home, which is 'in' Sutton Coldfield in the show.

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Arley Hall, Cheshire

Once Tommy became as 'legit' as he could in season three, he and Grace moved themselves into an incredible country house. Sadly, Grace was shot dead at a party they hosted there, but Tommy continued to live there with their son Charlie as well as their staff.Arley Hall is situated in Northwich, Cheshire, and is often used as a wedding venue. Other shows to be filmed there include Coronation Street, Antiques Roadshow and Cold Feet.General Manager Steve Hamilton said, "It's been incredible to see the effort and attention to detail that goes into a production such as Peaky Blinders. There was a real buzz around Arley during the filming and it was great to work with the BBC on such a popular and critically acclaimed drama. The great thing now is that people will be able to visit us this summer and walk in the rooms where these amazing stars have filmed their scenes."

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Manchester Town Hall

The town hall in Manchester was apparently used as a building front in a scene in one of the first two seasons where Sam Neill's character, Major Campbell, visits Winston Churchill, but Peaky Blinders' Production Designer Grant Montgomery told i News that "the interiors were done in another location." So cryptic!

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Victoria Baths, Manchester

The Victoria Baths in Manchester were used for scenes in season two. After Polly's son Michael returned, having been raised in the countryside by adoptive parents, the Shelby brothers took him along to a horse fair where Tommy bought a filly and also met May Carleton. Of course, in true Peaky style, the day ends in a fight, but the filming for the fair took place at the baths. Montgomery told i, "I remember thinking Victoria Baths could give it a really good look. One of the baths had timber over it, so we put sawdust down on top."

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The centre of Bolton was used for various scenes in the show, but Le Mans crescent in Bolton was used for shots to capture the Shelby brothers' trip to London, and specifically the exterior of the Eden Club - the jazz den owned by Sabini, who becomes a nemesis to the family.Montgomery told i, "We were thinking how to do London in the 1920s, and Bolton has that wonderful crescent. So I said, 'Well, this is our London.' And the exterior to the Eden Club was all done in Bolton."

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Brooke’s Mill, Huddersfield

Producers used Brooke's Mill in Huddersfield as the location for the gypsy campsite, using traditional caravans and carts, as well as horses.

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Leeds Town Hall

Many fans of the show were convinced that the scenes in which Campbell and Grace share information about the Shelby family in the art gallery were filmed at the Town Hall in Birmingham. However, the front was actually shot at the Town Hall in Leeds.

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Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

However, the scenes on the inside of the art gallery where Campbell and Grace surreptitiously pass notes to each other were filmed at the Newby Hall & Gardens in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

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Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway

Most of the Peaky moments that take place on a train or at a station happen on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway line. It's a 5-mile long rail line that runs through a small part of West Yorkshire, and many will recognise Keighley as the station where Grace shot Major Campbell in season one.

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Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

The shots in season one where Polly pays her respects at the cemetery and meets Freddie Thorne laying flowers for his mum is thought to have been shot in Bradford at the Undercliffe Cemetery.

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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Yorkshire

If it's a scene involving a train station, this historic Yorkshire station is likely to be the filming location, boasting gorgeous old platforms and carriages, picturesque walking paths and eye-catching backdrops.

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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

If you're looking for May Carleton's mansion, featured in season two of Peaky Blinders, then Chatsworth House, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, is the place! The stunning historic building is perfect for aristocratic horse-trainer May Carleton.Episodes shot at Chatsworth include huge stars of the show, including Cillian Murphy (as Thomas Shelby), Charlotte Riley (as May Carleton) and Annabelle Wallis (as Grace Burgess).

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