Peaky Blinders: Transforming Yorkshire into 1919 Birmingham

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by Stephen Chapman

Tiger Aspect has revealed some of the difficulties of filming on location for new BBC One series, Peaky Blinders.

Set in the slums of post World War I Birmingham, the “epic gangster drama” was actually filmed predominantly in and around Leeds and Bradford, with a couple of set pieces in Liverpool and Dudley.

“To realise 1919 Birmingham was always going to be a massive challenge. The Birmingham we needed to recreate, due to a combination of the war and town planners, doesn’t exist anymore,” explained Tiger Aspect executive producer, Frith Tiplady.

“Yorkshire offered a combination of fantastic period locations, great crew and support of the local council.”

Creative England’s production services team helped coordinate the production, negotiating filming rights with local councils,

“It just shows the creativity and inventiveness around filming location work,” added Creative England production liaison manager, Chris Hordley.

“We really are blessed in the English regions to have locations that can double for just about anywhere in the world.”

The series, which is a co-production between Tiger Aspect, Caryn Mandabach Productions and the BBC starts on September 12th.

Starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, it’s directed by Hustle’s Otto Bathurst.

The production locations used were:

Newby Hall & Gardens in Ripon;

Bolton Abbey, Skipton

Leeds Town Hall;

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds;

Saltaire, Bradford;

Salt’s Mill, Bradford;

Dalton Mills, Bradford;

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway;

Brooke’s Mill, Huddersfield;

Stanley Dock, Liverpool

The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Garrison Lane in Birmingham is actually a terraced street in Liverpool.