Peaky Blinders is drawing to a close – in just a few short weeks, the series will be over and the story of Birmingham’s most notorious gang will come to an end. (Well, more or less – there’s apparently a movie on the way at some point, but who knows when that’ll turn up.)
Once it’s over, you’ll probably be looking for something new to watch. Another crime drama, maybe, or another series with a powerhouse lead performance like Cillian Murphy’s in Peaky Blinders.
Here are five suggestions for what you should watch next once Peaky Blinders finishes.
What’s it about? A period drama set around the same time as Peaky Blinders, Boardwalk Empire follows the rise of corrupt city treasurer Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson in an era of prohibition.
Why might I like it? Much like Peaky Blinders, it’s loosely inspired by real history – Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson is based on Atlantic City political boss Enoch L. Johnson – and sits at the intersection between mobsters, bootleggers, and corrupt politicians. It also features Peaky Blinders’ Stephen Graham in a key role, here playing infamous gangster Al Capone.
Where can I watch it? All five seasons of Boardwalk Empire can be streamed with a NOW TV membership, or purchased via Amazon Prime Video.
Gangs of London
What’s it about? Gangs of London is about the power struggle between the international cartels operating in modern-day London: when Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) is assassinated, his impulsive son Sean must step into the power vacuum and try to hold onto the family empire with enemies on all sides.
Why might I like it? Joe Cole – previously Shelby brother John on Peaky Blinders – stars as Sean Wallace, thrown into the spotlight and nowhere near ready for its demands. The series is violent and murky, featuring a similarly brutal clash between gangs as Peaky Blinders.
Where can I watch it? Gangs of London can be streamed with a NOW TV membership. Series 2 is expected to begin later this year.
What’s it about? Kin is about the Kinsella crime family – loosely inspired by the real-life Kinahan family – an Irish drug cartel who get embroiled in a far wider and far more dangerous gangland war when one of their sons is mistakenly killed in a hit gone wrong.
Why might I like it? Charlie Cox plays Michael Kinsella, a compellingly ambiguous presence. Having recently returned from prison, he’s reluctant to get drawn back into the family business, but circumstances leave him with little choice – Cox is an impressive anchor in a show that feels a little like a cross between Succession and something like Ozark.
Where can I watch it? Kin can be streamed online via Sundance Now, an add-on subscription channel that can be accessed via Amazon Prime Video. A second series of Kin has been commissioned, though it’ll be a little while away yet.
What’s it about? Snowfall is about the crack cocaine epidemic in 1980s LA, and the impact it had on the city and its community. The series follows three plotlines: small-time drug dealer Franklin Saint’s rise as one of the first people to sell cocaine in LA; the Mexican Villanueva drug cartel; and the CIA involvement in introducing crack cocaine to LA.
Why would I like it? It’s got that measured pace and building intensity that all the best slowburn dramas share, and it does a really impressive job evoking its period setting. Damson Idris is particularly impressive as lead Franklin Saint too.
Where can I watch it? Snowfall is available as a boxset on BBC iPlayer in the UK, and is available on FX in the US. The fifth series began in February 2022, though it’s not yet come to the UK.
What’s it about? James Delaney (Tom Hardy), presumed dead after years living in Africa, returns to London with fourteen stolen diamonds. He discovers his father has been murdered, and sets about trying to assert his inheritance, getting drawn into conflict with the East India Company – described by writer Steven Knight as “the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA, and the biggest, baddest multinational corporation on earth, all rolled into one self-righteous, religiously-motivated monolith”.
Why might I like it? The series united Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight – it touches on a lot of the same themes, exploring the dark side of 19th century London, and in some ways resembles a sort of Victorian era equivalent to the Birmingham crime drama.
Where can I watch it? The first and so far only series of Taboo is currently available to stream on BBC iPlayer, and has recently been added to Netflix in the UK. A second series was commissioned in 2017 – and Knight has spoken about early plans for a third – but there’s been no updates since.
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