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Television

Even the sternest Leavisite critic would find it hard to resist BBC2's Peaky Blinders

Plus: Grayson Perry's new Channel 4 documentary All Man was far less banal than it looked likely to be at the start

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

7 May 2016

9:00 AM

The big returning show of the week began with servants laying out the silverware at a large country house in 1924. But rather than a shock comeback for Downton Abbey, this was — perhaps even more unexpectedly — Tommy Shelby’s new home in Peaky Blinders (BBC2, Thursday). Which explains why so many of the guests were carrying guns, and why the family matriarch was using the word ‘fuck’ a lot more than Lady Grantham ever did.

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