‘Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight On Fans & Heroes As He Nabs First BAFTA Nomination For Writing Gangster Saga

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EXCLUSIVE: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders was the period gangster epic’s highest-rated ever and BBC Two’s most-watched drama of 2017. Today, the saga of the Shelby clan scored five nominations from the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, including a first-ever nod for creator/writer Steven Knight in the Drama Writing category. When I reached Knight this morning, the 2004 Oscar nominee for his original Dirty Pretty Things screenplay, was surprised — and thoughtful about the show’s fans…

Case Study: How a 1994 Nick Cave Song Became a Favorite of Music Supervisors

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“You’ll see him in your head/On the TV screen/Hey buddy, I’m warning you/To turn it off” That’s the refrain to “Red Right Hand,” a clanging, gloom-and-doom, six-minute-plus blues noir penned by Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds, guitarist Mick Harvey and drummer Thomas Wydler, for the band’s 1994 album, “Let Love In,” originally released […]

‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Options Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

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Caryn Mandabach Productions will work on a TV adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s China- and U.K.-set psychological thriller “When We Were Orphans” after picking up the small-screen adaptation rights. The “Peaky Blinders” producer struck the deal with ICM Partners, which reps Ishiguro. “The Remains of the Day” author will exec produce the TV […]

Caryn Mandabach Prods Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’ As Limited Series

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Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro‘s psychological mystery novel, When We Were Orphans. The Peaky Blinders producer will develop the book, which was first published by Faber & Faber in 2000 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as a limited series.
The story centers on Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery…

‘Peaky Blinders’ Will Gould, Frith Tiplady, Matthew Read Form Moonage Pictures

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Veteran Tiger Aspect exec Will Gould is partnering with former BBC Drama Commissioner Matthew Read and Tiger Drama’s Frith Tiplady to launch Moonage Pictures. The indie production company is looking to make writer-led programming and will officially open its doors in March. Gould and Tiplady announced their departures from Peaky Blinders co-producer Tiger Aspect last September. The pair previously exec produced the BBC Two period gangster epic, but will not be aboard for…

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 4 Breaks Own Record & Is BBC Two’s Top Drama Of 2017

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EXCLUSIVE: The Steven Knight-created period gangster epic Peaky Blinders wrapped its Season 4 run in the UK last month, and with consolidated figures now tabulated, it scores as the most-watched drama of 2017 on BBC Two. The season average was 3.3M viewers with a peak episode volume of 3.6M for the finale — the biggest audience for an episode ever.
The numbers also make it the most popular season for the Shelby clan. Previous season averages were 2.4M, 2.2M and 2.4M…