BBC show is exec produced by Mandabach
LONDON — Sam Neill and Helen McCrory have joined the cast of “Peaky Blinders,” a British period gangster skein that is being exec produced by Caryn Mandabach (“Nurse Jackie”), and has been greenlit by the BBC.The drama centers on a crime family in Birmingham, England’s second largest city, after WWI. Neill plays a ruthless new police chief sent to bring down the family, whose matriarch is limned by McCrory. Neill, whose credits include “Jurassic Park” and “The Piano,” was recently attached to Pascal Chaumeil’s “A Long Way Down.” McCrory’s credits include “Hugo” and the “Harry Potter” franchise. The thesps join the previously announced Cillian Murphy, Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg and Charlie Creed-Miles. The six-part series was created by Steven Knight, who penned Stephen Frears’ “Dirty Pretty Things” and David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises,” as well as co-creating the gameshow “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Knight exec produces alongside Mandabach, whose credits include “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “That ’70s Show,” and Greg Brenman for Tiger Aspect. The skein is helmed by Otto Bathurst and produced by Katie Swinden (“Luther,” “MI-5″). Scribes include Knight, David Leland (“The Borgias,” “Mona Lisa”), Stephen Russell (“Shameless”) and Toby Finlay (“Ripper Street”).