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Peaky Blinders


Peaky Blinders is a British period crime drama television series created by Steven Knight. Set in Birmingham, England, it follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders crime gang in the direct aftermath of the First World War. The fictional gang is loosely based on a real urban youth gang of the same name who were active in the city from the 1910s. Series 2 has mention of the death of a child after being migrated to Australia in the early twentieth century. Polly's two children Sally 3, Michael 5, were forcibly taken from her because of her alcoholism and mode of life. Polly said that her two children were adopted to local families. While the boy stayed with his adoptive family until he was at least 17, the girl's adoption did not work out and she left the new family. The child was then migrated to Australia. The girl died of Spring Fever shortly after she arrived. The only bit of the episode is when Tommy Shelby presents his Aunt Polly with two case files -one for each of her children - detailing all that had happened to them. It's hard enough for people to get access to files in 21st Century so this representation is unlikely. The second episode of series 3 introduces a 'charitable institution' for boys and girls which was being set up by Thomas and Grace Shelby in Birmingham in 1924. The institution is described as a cover for Thomas's dealings with the Russians. We are introduced to Father John Hughes of St Mary's Boys' Reformatory. It seems pretty clear that Father Hughes intends to abuse the children in Shelby's institution.

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